Tim Ream (Fulham)
It won’t count much in the grand scheme of the season, but Ream put together one of his best performances of the season as Fulham turned aside visiting Everton 2-0. The veteran defender was a commanding presence at the back, winning eight aerials (joint-most in the Fulham side) and tallying three clearances, one interception, one tackle, and one shot off target while picking up a yellow card early in the second half. Most notably, Fulham kept a clean sheet for just the third Premier League game of the campaign. It’s been a season to forget for the Cottagers, who are on their way back down to the Championship, but this weekend was a rare one they’ll look back on fondly.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams entered Huddersfield’s matchup with Tottenham a mere seconds before the final whistle sounded, and the midfielder did not touch the ball in Spurs’ 4-0 victory. Like Fulham, Huddersfield are heading to the Championship next season. Williams, though, is a free agent come season’s end, so what comes next for the 30-year-old is up in the air.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
After making a costly mistake in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace (conceding the penalty that led to the game’s only goal), Yedlin was held out of the starting XI by Rafa Benitez this week, instead serving as an unused substitute. Newcastle beat Leicester 1-0 to move up to 15th in the table. The Magpies haven’t yet secured another top-flight campaign, but one more win should do the trick.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers went the distance twice for Swansea this week as they beat Stoke 3-1 and lost 4-0 to QPR. In the former, CCV was excellent, winning seven aerials, tallying three clearances, passing at 88 percent, and playing no role in Stoke’s goal. In the latter, though, the 21-year-old had, along with his fellow defenders, a torrid time as he was among those responsible on the second goal (when he failed to clear a bouncing ball in the area) and the fourth (when he lost track of his mark on a corner kick). He also hit the crossbar with a header at the other end, but even if it had gone in, a goal wouldn’t mask what was ultimately a poor performance from the center back. With five games left and a 12-point gap between themselves and a promotion playoff place, Swansea can start making plans for another year of Championship action.
Like Carter-Vickers, Miazga also went 90 minutes twice in the center of his loan club’s defense this week, but it was a much more successful stretch for Reading, who drew 2-2 at leaders Norwich before earning a huge 2-1 win over Brentford. Against Norwich, Miazga was decent, as he was caught out a few times (including when the corner that led to Norwich’s second floated over his head) but tallied nine clearances for a defense that was under siege from Norwich, who finished with a 23-4 shot advantage. Against Brentford, the 23-year-old wasn’t quite as active, finishing with three clearances and two tackles, but he wasn’t involved in the tally his side conceded. The win gives Reading a four-point cushion on the bottom three; while there’s still work to be done, the Royals took a big step toward another second-division season this week.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson too played 180 minutes this week, going the distance in Wigan’s 2-1 loss to Hull and their 1-1 draw with Norwich. The 21-year-old was busy against Hull, tallying five tackles, five clearances, and two successful dribbles, though he wasn’t involved in any of the game’s goals. Then, against Norwich, the left back was a standout, firing three shots towards the Canaries’ net while finishing with two interceptions, a tackle, and a whopping five key passes, a few of which easily could have turned into goals. Robinson also had a critical blocked shot on the goal line in the early stages of the match. Wigan are two points above the drop zone with four games to play, so the final quartet of games will be huge for Robinson and his teammates.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams was again unavailable this weekend due to an adductor injury, which has now caused the midfielder to miss Leipzig’s last three games. Without him, though, RB didn’t miss a beat, topping Wolfsburg 2-0 to extend the gap between themselves and fourth-place Eintracht Frankfurt to six points. Third-place Leipzig have a seven-point buffer on fifth-place Gladbach and a Europa League spot.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks was substantially below his best in that loss to Leipzig. The center back went the distance and was one of Wolfsburg’s most active players on the day; however, he was also guilty of seemingly ducking under Kevin Kampl’s shot that settled into the bottom corner for Leipzig’s opener. Aside from two clearances, Brooks didn’t do much to fill out the stat sheet, either. The Wolves have work to do over the final five games, needing to pass three sides in order to squeak into a Europa League berth.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for Frankfurt. Eintracht had a difficult week, dropping their Europa League quarterfinal first-leg tie against Benfica by a 4-2 margin before seeing a 1-0 lead slip away in a 3-1 Bundesliga loss to Augsburg.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
After a few games in a row in the 18-man squad, Johannsson was again not included in the Bundesliga matchday squad that beat Freiburg 2-1.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent was an unused substitute in the win over Freiburg. Bremen are just one point back of sixth-place Hoffenheim and a Europa League berth, and they’re also just six back of Frankfurt in Germany’s final Champions League place.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was also an unused substitute as Gladbach earned three big points with a 1-0 win at Hannover. The side moved back to one point behind Frankfurt in the race for the Bundesliga’s last UCL spot.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie remains sidelined with an ankle injury. His return to practice came much sooner than expected, but it seems he may still be a bit away from a return to game action. Schalke’s very disappointing Bundesliga continued this week with a 1-1 draw with 17th-place Nurnberg.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright didn’t see action for the senior side this week but had a massive day in the U-23 ranks, scoring a hattrick in a 7-0 thrashing of Erndtebrück. Highlights can be seen here.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales entered with over 20 minutes to play, but his side was already down 3-0 in an eventual 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich. The midfielder did little of note but did complete all eight of his passes while on the pitch.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic remains sidelined with a thigh injury but has returned to training for Dortmund. It’s murky when he will return, but any action he sees down the stretch will be nothing short of critical, with the Black and Yellows locked into a wild title fight with Bayern. Elsewhere, news has come out this week about Pulisic’s impending move to Chelsea and the overall impact he will bring with him.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman and the bench are getting to know each other well. He was again in the 18-man roster this week but did not see the field.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood again missed the 18-man roster for Hannover, and it appears the forward is suffering from an injury that is proving tough to dig up info on. Either way, he’s squarely out of the team at the moment.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green went 80 minutes before making way out for a sub, but his side would concede late and lose 3-2 to Bochum. The left midfielder was solid on the day and was even put on corner duty, of which he swung in 10 of his team’s 12. He didn’t really move the needle much besides that but did record four shots.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is expected to miss about two months after suffering an injury on February 10. He has yet to return to action, and no new news about the issue has come out, meaning it could still be some time before he sees the pitch.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich was in the right place at the right time this week, and showed some great instincts, following in on his teammate’s shot –– which was parried out by the keeper –– and dinking the rebound home from short range. The goal gave Sittard an early lead, but they could not hold on, with VVV coming back for a 1-1 draw. It’s Novakovich’s 11th goal on the season, and one more in the league would send him into double
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
In eerily similar fashion, Palmer-Brown also got on the scoresheet for his Eredivisie side, volleying home a parried rebound from short range in a 1-1 draw with FC Emmen. The difference is that Palmer-Brown’s strike came as a very late equalizer (88th minute). More stats can be found in the tweet linked above, from which it’s clear the defender put in a great shift for his last-place side. He could use a late-season push to help his offseason stock.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
With his side up 3-0 in the Scottish Cup semifinal, Weah came on with 15 minutes to play, and his side ultimately saw out the result by the same scoreline. Weah didn’t have to do much during his time on the pitch, but the minutes are valuable nonetheless. He will be an interesting case this offseason as well with a powerful club –– that he may not yet be ready for –– holding his rights.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Unsurprisingly, Hyndman did not appear for Bournemouth this week.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott remains out of the Chelsea set up as well.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron went the distance and impressed in QPR’s scoreless draw with Millwall in the midweek before sitting out on the weekend as Rangers hammered Swansea 4-0. His absence was explained as managing the veteran’s workload with the hopes of keeping him healthy for the rest of the season.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played twice for Hull, going the distance as the Tigers beat Wigan 2-1 before losing to Middlesbrough 1-0. He was among the culpable on both goals Hull conceded.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
After coming on as a 65th-minute sub in Derby’s midweek loss to Blackburn, Holmes did not make the 18-man squad on the weekend. Manager Frank Lampard told the media after the game that Holmes had sustained a minor quad injury and that he could miss a couple of weeks as the Rams make a late push for a promotion playoff berth.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Following the injury he suffered a week ago, Gooch missed out on Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Burton and their far more noteworthy 5-4 loss to Coventry.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Motherwell had a rare week off, so Ariyibi didn’t do anything of note this week.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and played the first 82 minutes of Regensburg’s 2-2 draw with Union Berlin before coming off for a sub.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not play for Sandhausen.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten did appear, however, and he scored once again, putting the final touch on a 3-1 win over Dynamo Dresden. His goal, an unerring finish into the side-netting in the 79th minute, sealed the three points for Sandhausen, which were crucial as they pulled ahead in the relegation race. Now three points up on the relegation playoff place, Sandhausen will rely on Wooten to add to his 12-goal haul over the final five games to get themselves away from the cliff’s edge.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau saw game action twice this week for Duisburg, coming on as a second-half sub in a 4-4 draw with Koln and a 4-0 loss to Paderborn. At the very least, it’s good to see the 26-year-old scrapping out some minutes.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was also subbed on this week, entering with
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
Shelton did not make the 18-man squad for Paderborn’s hammering of Dusiburg.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore went the distance for Atletico Levante in a 3-2 loss to Barca B.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Brugge’s massive match with Genk –– which we previewed in our wakeup report –– did not go well for Brugge, as they fell 3-1. Despite the scoreline, Horvath was pretty solid, making a couple of fantastic saves in one-on-one positions, and he could have done little about the three goals, of which two were defensive lapses and the third a penalty. Contrary to what the scoreline says, it really was not a bad day whatsoever for the keeper.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was removed after just 45 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Union Saint-Gilloise. It seemed to be a tactical change, as he was removed for a midfielder, but Kortrijk had not conceded at the time he came out, so it’s strange nonetheless. We will check on his involvement and availability next week.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was in the matchday squad but watched from the bench as his team was hammered 6-2 by Ajax.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall too was an unused sub as Malmo beat Ostersund 2-0.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes continues to get action with Dundee, going the distance in a 2-1 win over Ayr. Harkes and his side are pretty locked into a promotion playoff spot and a shot at the Scottish Premiership next season.
There were just a few notes from the youth ranks this week. Sebastian Soto continues his role as a late sub for Hannover, coming on with 10 minutes to go. He couldn’t turn the tide, however, as his side fell 1-0 to Gladbach. After recently making his way to Europe, Taylor Booth has netted his first goal for Bayern’s U-19 squad. He did so in fine style, too, blasting home a bouncing ball from long range and leaving a sprawling keeper with no chance. Also in the U-19 ranks, last week, Richie Ledezma made his first appearance for the PSV youngsters. Ledezma has been injured since he penned his deal, so it’s a great sign to see him return to the field. Lastly, one related note from the homefront, which is that D.C. United rejected a loan move with an option to buy from Bayer Leverkusen for 19-year-old Chris Durkin. Watching Durkin score for D.C. this weekend, it’s easy to understand why the MLS side wants to keep the youngster; it is worth wondering, though, if it is best for his development or the USMNT.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Superliga)