Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
For the second straight week, Cameron was solid in defense, but Stoke could not hold onto a 2-0 halftime lead against comeback kings Leicester in an eventual 2-2 draw. Again, neither of the goals were directly the Yank’s fault, but the equalizer was a simple flicked-on ball that the entire back four fell apart on, as the Potters wanted a foul at the other end of the field moments earlier. Cameron has been solid for most of the season, but Stoke are in a worrisome position, as they sit in the relegation zone with just three points to their name.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan made five saves in a 1-0 loss to West Brom, with the goal coming off an impressive flick from Saido Berahino. To the keeper’s credit, he kept his team in the game while his offense, which has been poor all year, was shut out for the third time. Still, though, saving shots like the Berahino deflection is the kind of play managers
Tim Howard (Everton)
Though he wasn’t tested too much, Howard did the best job he could in the net, saving three shots in a scoreless draw with Swansea. It's been a resurgent season for Howard as Everton have allowed just five goals in the first six games, tied for third best in the league. Even better, the men in front of him are clicking like it's 2013-14 again, and Everton have their eye on the top six.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedin was left on the bench during Sunderland’s 2-0 loss to Bournemouth, but good news came Monday, when Dick Advocaat announced Yedlin would make his club debut in the League Cup against Manchester City on Tuesday. It should be a good challenge for the youngster.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
It was a mixed outing for Carter-Vickers, but his side got a good result in the end, as Tottenham’s U-21s beat their counterparts from Leicester 7-4. The captain struck for Spurs’ second goal of the game in the 39th minute, but allowing four to anyone is never good for a center back. To make matters worse, Tottenham twice blew two-goal leads, which is not a quality sign for a player who is supposed to be locking down the pitch, and Leicester’s U-21 side had only scored three goals in four games coming into this match.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Every week, Zelalem confirms his role as a stalwart in Rangers’ attack, and he seems to be settling into life in the Scottish Championship nicely. He didn’t score, but Zelalem was active in the attack in a 2-1 win over Dumbarton and played a full 90 minutes for the second time in four games this year.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper is sidelined with knee injury, which required him to have surgery, and he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman played another 90 for the U-21s in a 3-0 win over Blackburn. He did little of note, but it’s a good sign to continue to see him picked week in and week out. Hopefully, he will be joining Ream with the senior side soon.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Speaking of, it was a lackluster day for Ream at the center of Fulham’s defense as the Cottagers lost to Sheffield Wednesday 3-2. On top of conceding three, Ream was responsible for the third Wednesday goal, as he was out-leapt by Michael Turner in the area on a free kick that Turner turned into the net for what was the eventual winner. It’s been a rough start to Ream’s Fulham career, as he has yet to score above 6.55 on whoscored.com in three starts with the Cottagers.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was decent in 180 minutes this week for Forest, first in a 1-0 win over Birmingham, then in a 2-1 loss Middlesbrough. He wasn’t terribly noticeable in either fixture, but he did pick up a yellow in the win. On the weekend against Boro, Lichaj was one of his team's better players with two shots on target, and Forest could have easily won a point if not for a missed penalty in the 77th minute.
Andrija Novakovic (Reading)
Novakovic played a full shift for the U-21s in a 5-2 loss to Southampton. Despite his side getting smashed, one of Novakovic’s crosses ended in an own goal by Southampton, so it's good to see that he is at least capable of providing dangerous service to his fellow forwards.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Though he wasn’t selected in Reading’s midweek loss to Derby, Williams provided an assist on the weekend in a 2-0 win over Bristol City. On eight minutes, Williams passed to an open Nick Blackman on the right side, and Blackman did the rest, dribbling 30 or so yards into the penalty area before cutting inside and scoring. It wasn’t a beautiful assist, but Williams will get credit like any other. Williams has plenty to play for every week, as Reading sit in sixth place and look like they’ll challenge for a promotion playoff spot.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
After suffering a thigh injury on international duty, Brooks remained on the sidelines for Hertha’s 2-0 loss Saturday to Wolfsburg. Head coach Pal Dardai previously announced that he wanted to give Brooks time to rest and fully heal, rather than train and risk worsening the injury, so he could be out for a few more games.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Like Brooks, Chandler is still sidelined after tearing his meniscus in Eintracht’s final match before the international break. He will likely miss another month or so. Eintracht drew 0-0 at Hamburg on Saturday.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales has played every minute of Ingolstadt’s first Bundesliga campaign thus far and again worked a full shift Saturday in the aforementioned win over Bremen. The 25-year-old had a pair of shots off
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green played 82 minutes for Bayern II in a 2-1 loss to Nurnberg II on Friday. The 20-year-old winger has been training with Bayern’s senior side, but it’s still unclear as to whether or not he’ll actually see any minutes for Pep Guardiola’s team this season.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson worked 80 minutes in a 1-0 home loss to Ingolstadt on Saturday, with the visitors converting a stoppage-time penalty to take all three points. The Iceland-bred striker had one shot off target in the contest, though he contributed to Werder’s attack in other ways, particularly with a few successful crosses. Still, Johannsson has yet to score from open play for his new side, who face the other newly promoted side, Darmstadt, on Tuesday before hosting Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Struggling Monchengladbach lost two more times over the past week, 1-0 to Cologne on Saturday and 3-0 to Sevilla in the Champions League last Tuesday, then saw manager Lucien Favre announce his resignation Sunday. Johnson hasn’t played much of a role in the problems, as he’s been out since the opening day with a torn calf, but he’s on the mend and could be back in contention for selection this week. Gladbach certainly could use the reinforcements, as they sit dead last in the Bundesliga with no points and a minus-10 goal differential.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VFB Stuttgart)
Still with Stuttgart II, Kiesewetter played twice for the 3. Bundesliga side in a pair of 1-1 draws. First, he saw 88 minutes of action last Tuesday against Mainz II, then worked 77 minutes on the weekend against Werder Bremen II. Kiesewetter has yet to appear for Stuttgart’s senior team — who are also without a point through five fixtures — this season after doing so twice last year.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd continues to get closer to a return from a long-term knee injury for fourth-place RB Leipzig, but he remains on the sidelines. We expect to see the Bremen-born forward back in action within the next few weeks.
Bobby Wood (FC Union Berlin)
In a 90-minute shift for Union Berlin, Wood was effective, but not spectacular, as his side fell 2-1 to Greuther Furth. Wood was heavily involved in Union’s attacks, making a terrific run in the first half to set up a chance for Damir Kreilach, which was saved, and his side were unlucky not to earn a point after having a late goal controversially ruled out. It was Union’s first loss since the opening day, but they’ve only won once this year, and the 13th-place Berliners are counting on Wood to find a consistent scoring touch in the next few games to turn things around.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Both Wooten and his Sandhausen side have cooled off after a flying start to the season, falling to a second defeat in three games on Saturday, 2-0 away to Nurnberg. Wooten did little of note in the contest, despite putting in 90 minutes for the visitors, and he also fell behind Freiburg’s Nils Petersen in the goal-scoring race in the 2. Bundesliga. Sandhausen has a great opportunity to get back on track this week when they host the 16th- and 17th-placed teams in the division, 1860 Munich on Tuesday and Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya struggled in his 77 minutes for Nantes, who fell 2-0 to Saint-Etienne on Sunday, their third straight loss. The 28-year-old was 1-for-2 on tackle attempts, missed the target with one shot, and had another shot blocked before being taken off with his team chasing a pair of goals late. In other Bedoya news, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl reported Wednesday that he expects the winger to move from Nantes in the next year, with interest from an unspecified Bundesliga club and MLS’s Philadelphia Union.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
The 20-year-old Horvath continues to impress for Molde, making five saves in a 3-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce on Thursday before pitching a shutout in a 1-0 victory over Tippeligaen leaders Rosenborg on Sunday. Horvath was not at fault for Fenerbahce’s tally, a close-range goal from Nani, and appears to have solidified his hold on the starting job with a pair of excellent performances this week. Molde currently sit in seventh, but they could jump to fifth with a win in their game in hand,
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
Rubin did not get off the bench for Utrecht in a 3-1 loss to Willem II. However, Rubin could be in line for a first start of the season against Cambuur this weekend, as fellow striker Sebastian Haller was sent off early in the loss to Willem.