Tim Ream (Fulham)
For the second straight week, Fulham pitched a shutout, and Ream was on the backline for all 90 minutes. That being said, the 1-0 win over Bournemouth in which the Cottagers surrendered 15 shots against was far from tidy. The entire defense’s bend-don’t-break attitude was fantastic, but in truth, Fulham were bailed out by some poor finishing from the Cherries and very brave and timely keeping from Sergio Rico. Ream himself did just enough, but wasn’t overly impressive. After taking the drop, Fulham have suddenly won twice, but that matters little.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams did not make the Huddersfield 18-man roster this week.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was an unused sub this week for Newcastle, who fell 3-1 to Southampton.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
For the second week in a row, CCV logged 180 minutes for Swansea, who won a pair of contests, 4-3 over Rotherham and 1-0 over Ipswich Town. In the former, CCV wasn’t at his best and notably was beat in the air on a couple of plays, one of which led to a goal, and another of which required his keeper to bail him out. Swansea’s defense shut the door in the second match against the bottom side, earning a clean sheet. CCV’s passing was impressive in both contests, completing 96 and 86 percent, respectively. Swansea need to win out to have any shot at the top six.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga also put in two full shifts for Reading, in a 1-1 draw with Bristol City and a goalless draw with West Brom. Mizaga had one of the plays of the game against Bristol, clearing a hard, curling shot off the line valiantly with his head. Besides that, he did little else of note in either contest, but was not responsible for the only goal conceded over the 180 minutes.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
It’s three for three on Championship defenders going two full games in the Friday-Monday double Easter weekend matchday. Robinson was on the winning side of one of the crazier games of the season against Leeds when, despite taking a 14th-minute red card for their center back and conceding three minutes later, Wigan stormed back for a 2-1 win. A lot of credit goes to the defense and keeper, who only allowed the one despite facing 36 shots. On Monday, Robinson and Wigan kept Preston out in a 2-0 win, which included a
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams was again left out this weekend due to a continuing adductor injury. Leipzig beat Gladbach 2-1. It’s unclear when the midfielder will return.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks came up huge for Wolfsburg this week, scoring in the 90th minute to steal a point in a 1-1 draw with Frankfurt. However, he and about four other Wolfsburg players were responsible for Eintracht’s opener 12 minutes earlier, when the ball was inexplicably played through the box twice in a row between a myriad of defenders but couldn’t be cleared, resulting in a cool, short-range volleyed finish from Jonathan de Guzman. However, in the 90th minute, Brooks galloped his way up the field, and no defender picked him up. He charged right to the center of the box and received an inch-perfect cross from Felix Kraus, which evaded the keeper and allowed for the simplest of finishes into a gaping net. Brooks has three goals and two assists in 29 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg this season and has been growing into his role as the year has progressed.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
In a big step forward, Chandler was on the bench twice for Eintracht this week, meaning he could be just on the cusp of returning from injury. It’s a major step for the 29-year-old, who has yet to play a game for Eintracht this season. The aforementioned draw with Wolfsburg is a tough pill to swallow, as the Eagles now only have a two-point lead over Gladbach for fourth place. However, Frankfurt also advanced to the Europa League semifinals by beating Benfica 2-0.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson again missed the 18-man squad this week for Werder.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent, too, missed the Bremen matchday squad.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was an unused sub in Gladbach’s aforementioned loss to RB Leipzig, which gave their UCL hopes a hit. Still they are in the chase, two points behind Chandler’s fourth-placed Eintracht side.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Many were concerned that McKennie would miss the remainder of the club season with the ankle injury he suffered on USMNT duty in late March. They were wrong. The 20-year-old midfielder was back in Schalke’s starting XI less than a month after suffering the injury for the Royal Blues’ home match against Hoffenheim, and he was able to get through 81 minutes before being taken off. The bad news is that his side was absolutely throttled, losing 5-2 (with all five goals scored before McKennie exited) as Schalke’s miserable campaign continues. Playing in his preferred role in the midfield, McKennie wasn’t able to move the needle much, recording two tackles and two aerial wins, one of which resulted in a bounced header towards goal that was cleared off the line. However, he was also responsible for a lazy pass that was intercepted and turned directly into Hoffenheim’s fourth, which put the game to bed. It’s a positive to see him back on the field without a doubt, but McKennie still has work to do over the final four games to help ensure that 15th-place Schalke stay in the Bundesliga.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Things are going much better at the youth levels for Schalke, with Wright playing 90 minutes and scoring the first goal for the U-23s in a second consecutive 7-0 win, this one over Sportfreunde Siegen.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales earned his first start in two months this week, going 71 minutes as Dusseldorf fell 3-1 to Mainz. He wasn’t involved in any of the three goals scored before he left with his side down 2-1; in fact, he wasn’t involved in much, finishing with one shot on target, two aerial wins, a tackle, and fewer touches of the ball than any other player who started the match. Still, the 28-year-old has been reasonably solid over 20 Bundesliga matches for a side that many expected to go straight back down but has instead rose into the mid-table. He looks set for another season of top-flight football in 2019-20.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic returned from the thigh injury that had been nagging him, coming on for Dortmund as a substitute in an eventual 4-0 win over Freiburg. The 20-year-old was active, too, after coming on in the 71st minute. In addition to completing all 13 of his passing attempts and his only take on, Pulisic’s only shot led to Dortmund’s fourth goal. His effort (taken quickly from a tough angle) was brilliantly saved onto the post, but the rebound came up and deflected off a Freiburg defender’s hand. The referee awarded a penalty, and Paco Alcacer converted it for the final
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman came on as a 75th-minute substitute this week with Nurnberg trailing Leverkusen 1-0 in a game they lost 2-0. Despite being on the pitch for the clinching goal, Tillman wasn’t involved in it and completed all five of his passes while recording an interception. After wasting the first three quarters of the season, Tillman is making his impact felt during the final stretch of his loan spell.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Once again, Wood wasn’t included in the 18-man roster for Hannover, apparently due to his somewhat mysterious injury. Either way, he’s squarely out of the team at the moment. Hannover drew Hertha 0-0 and remain six points away from the relegation playoff and a chance at safety.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green put in a terrific display this week, recording an assist and earning man-of-the-match honors in a 1-1 draw against Union Berlin. The 23-year-old was busy all day, recording five shots (three on target), passing at 93 percent with three key passes, and whipping in seven corners, one of which was headed home for Fuerth’s only goal in the 67th minute. Perhaps even more impressively, Green didn’t lose possession of the ball once in the entire match, a big step forward for the often careless attacker (who played attacking midfield this week). Fuerth sit in 11th and are headed for another season of second-tier football.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is still out from the injury he suffered on February 10. 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’s solid season hit a speed bump this weekend when he was taken off with a thigh injury in the 34th minute. There’s no news available on the problem, which is a bit concerning and makes it pointless to speculate about his status. After Novakovich was pulled out with the game scoreless, Sittard went on to beat NAC Breda 2-1.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Speaking of which, part of the reason Sittard did earn that win over Palmer-Brown’s Breda was the penalty the center back conceded five minutes after Novakovich left the game. There’s no video of the play, but Palmer-Brown apparently was guilty of sliding through an opposing attacker when he had little chance to get the ball. He was then pulled off at halftime despite showing no signs of injury. Needless to say, but he did not have a good week, and the loss means Breda are almost out of time in their battle against the drop.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah entered a scoreless game against Hibs in the 85th minute and couldn’t help the Bhoys push over the line in a nil-nil draw. Celtic need four points in their last four games to clinch the title.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman did not appear for Bournemouth this week, but was an unused sub for the first time in a long while.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott remains out of the Chelsea set up.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron was an unused sub for QPR before going the distance in a tough 2-0 loss to Derby. Cameron’s side conceded in the fourth and 11th (yes, 11th) minutes of second-half stoppage time against Derby, and neither was Cameron’s fault, with the first being a highly debatable penalty called against a teammate.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj was another Championship defender who got all 180 minutes in this week. It wasn’t pretty for the left back, though, as his side twice gave up three in a 3-2 loss to West Brom and a 3-0 smacking from Sheffield United.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
As predicted last week, Holmes’ quad injury kept him out for both contests this week. It’s unclear when he will return, but it doesn’t appear too serious, and Derby are in the thick of the hunt for a promotion playoff spot and an elongated season.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch made his return from injury this week, coming on with a quarter of an hour to play in both of the Black Cats’ contests, a 2-0 win over Doncaster and a 1-1 draw with Peterborough. Sunderland are locked in the chase for a promotion playoff spot but need to win out (three games) and get some help to see themselves promoted automatically.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi started and went 77 minutes for Motherwell in a 1-1 draw with Hamilton. Despite being in the relegation table, it is statistically impossible for the Steelmen to take the drop.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and went the distance for Regensburg in a 1-0 win over Magdeburg. Regensburg aren’t far from a promotion playoff spot, but probably have just too big a hill to climb to get there.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not play for Sandhausen but...
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten had yet another big game, scoring twice in a 2-2 draw with Duisburg. His first goal was a thing of beauty; the striker picked up the ball, beat three defenders with a power move towards the middle of the pitch, and ripped a right-footed curler into the bottom corner. His second came from a penalty which he also drew, and it put Sandhausen up 2-0 at home in a game they looked nailed on to win until...
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
… Gyau popped up with a big moment for Duisburg. The winger came on in the 58th minute and provided an assist 14 minutes later, beating a defender on the left flank before rolling in a cross that was tucked home by a teammate. The spark provided life for Duisburg, and they came back to score an equalizer through a penalty of their own.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was an unused substitute as St. Pauli lost 3-0 to Heidenheim, the 20-year-old’s former club.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
Shelton too rode the bench for Paderborn, who beat Holstein Kiel 2-1.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore went the distance for Levante and assisted on their only goal with a neat and precise cross, but the side lost 2-1 to Atletico Baleares.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Bruges were held to a scoreless draw at Antwerp. Horvath kept a clean sheet obviously, but highlights of the match are proving difficult to find. Halfway through the Belgian Championship Playoff, Bruges sit in second place, three points ahead of Antwerp and six behind Genk.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike didn’t make the Kortrijk 18-man squad that beat Cercle Brugge 2-1.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne wasn’t in the Excelsior team which drew 1-1 with Willem II.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall came on in the 70th minute and helped Malmo see out a 1-0 win over Sirius.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went the distance as Dundee beat Inverness CT 2-0. The side is six points back of the top of the Scottish Championship table.
As with last week, the biggest news this week is that Sebastian Soto was once more a sub for Hannover, coming on for the final six minutes and added time of their scoreless draw with Hertha. There isn’t a whole lot of other major news. Jonathan Amon also came on as a sub for Nordsjaelland’s senior side, getting a 30-minute run out. One player leaves our list as Zyen Jones moves back stateside to join USL club Charlotte Independence, where he already made a matchday 18, from Schalke. If this move produces game time
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 -> sold to Charlotte Independence, USL)
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)