Tim Ream (Fulham)
After picking up a slight thigh injury late in the preseason, Ream wasn’t included in Slavisa Jokanovic’s squad for Saturday’s season-opening 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. The center back is reportedly expected to return to training this week, but his status for this weekend’s game at Wembley against Tottenham is up in the air. Fulham finished off a busy transfer window with an extremely active deadline day, but Ream will likely return to the starting XI nonetheless when he recovers from the injury.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered last spring and thus missed out on Huddersfield’s opening-day 3-0 loss to Chelsea. While he isn’t expected to miss too many games, the midfielder is unlikely to feature this weekend when the Terriers visit Manchester City.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin did play in Newcastle’s season opener, but it wasn’t a day the 25-year-old will look back on fondly. Playing in his normal right-back spot, Yedlin had a torrid time dealing with Dele Alli as the 22-year-old Spurs star scored and generally ran circles around the Newcastle defense, Yedlin in particular. The Seattle native was among those responsible for losing track of Dele as he headed home Tottenham’s second, which would eventually prove to be the winner, and he was caught out of position a few other times
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers missed Tottenham’s aforementioned 2-1 win over Newcastle due to a groin injury suffered late in the preseason. It’s unclear when he’ll return. More notably, Carter-Vickers remained at Spurs as the transfer window slammed shut, although loan deals between Premier League and Football League clubs can still be completed prior to August 31. That means Carter-Vickers could still end up in the Championship this season on a temporary deal, but for now, it looks more likely that he’ll stay and provide additional depth for Tottenham while trying to earn some minutes in cup and perhaps some league matches.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth -> Loaned to Hibernian, Scottish Premiership)
Well, a week after we said it looked like Bournemouth would hold onto Hyndman for the upcoming season, the Cherries sent the 22-year-old on loan for six months to Scottish Premiership side Hibernian. It may seem like a strange move for the young midfielder, but at this stage in his development, any and all minutes are welcomed. We’ll be moving him to the “Others” section on this list as he heads to Scotland, but he should have ample opportunities to make his mark while on loan. Less than 24 hours after arriving, Hyndman was an 81st-minute substitute and was denied a match-winning goal by an outstanding late save as Hibs were held to a scoreless draw in Europa League qualifying by Molde. Then, on the weekend, he started and played 63 minutes as Hibs drew 1-1 with St. Johnstone. He has yet to find the scoresheet early in his tenure with his temporary side, but it looks certain that he’ll receive significant minutes over the coming months as Hibs try to push themselves into the Europa League group stage while again competing near the top of the Scottish league.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
This was a weekend on which Robinson learned an important lesson the hard way. The 21-year-old was among the responsible parties as Wigan let a 2-1 lead slip through their fingers and eventually fell 3-2 to Aston Villa. On Villa’s equalizer midway through the second half, Robinson failed to clear a corner kick that flew just over his head at the near post before bouncing off Wigan teammate Cheyenne Dunkley for an own goal. He deserves some blame for that goal, but the left back will take most of it regarding Villa’s winner as he switched off deep into injury time, allowing Birkir Bjarnason to slip behind him and tap home a low cross that won the game for the Villans. Robinson will have ups-and-downs throughout his career, and this weekend was undeniably one of the downs, but he’ll get a chance to bounce back stronger during the busy Championship season.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks seems to be fully healthy as Wolfsburg get set for their season opener Saturday in the first round of the DfB-Pokal. The center back is hoping to consistently stay on the field and help Wolfsburg get themselves back into the top half of the table.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler didn’t make the Eintracht squad for the German Supercup, which Eintracht lost 5-0 to Bayern Munich. There’s no news of a new injury for Chandler, although he was in and out of the squad last season and missed the tail end of the campaign. His role this season under new manager Adi Hutter remains to be seen.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson’s place in the Bremen squad is also unclear. The striker could well be on his way out of the club before the end of the window, but as of now, nothing has materialized. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not he’s in the squad Saturday in the Cup against fourth-tier Wormatia Worms.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Likewise, just how soon Florian Kohfeldt plans to introduce Sargent to the Bremen senior squad will be a storyline to watch as well. He has started with the U-23s, but he might have done enough in his impressive preseason to earn a spot in the 18 for the Cup match.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Gladbach too begin their season this weekend in the DfB-Pokal, facing Hastedt on Sunday. Johnson’s role in the Gladbach team is also uncertain, as the veteran will have plenty of competition for places on the wings.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie completed his impressive preseason with a goal, running in at the back post to tap home a cross in a win over Fiorentina. The young midfielder will hope to carry that momentum into the new season, which begins Friday against FC Schweinfurt.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Not much to report on for Morales this week with the Bundesliga yet to begin. The big storyline here will be how quickly Morales can work his way into the Dusseldorf lineup (hopefully immediately). They open play Sunday against Koblenz in the Pokal.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic as well as was quiet as he begins preparation for a new season at Dortmund, which begins Monday again Furth before league play begins the following Sunday with an absolute banger against RB Leipzig.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
As for Morales, it will be interesting to see how much run TIllman receives at top-flight Nurnberg this season. They open Saturday away at Linx in the cup.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood and Hannover start their campaign against Karlsruher this weekend. No major news has come out recently about the striker looking to start a bounceback season off right.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green was again deployed as an attacking mid for Greuther, who drew 1-1 with Ingolstadt. The 23-year-old went 87 minutes before being removed for a sub. He recorded two dribbles and four shots but was dispossessed four times. He hasn’t had an electric start to the season, but Green remains a first choice in the squad for now.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga was an unused sub for Nantes this week as they fell 3-1 to Monaco in their opening match.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Due to a quadriceps injury, Siebatcheu missed Rennes’ opening match of the season. They fell 3-1 to Lille. The injury is reported to not be serious, however, and the youngster should make his club debut very soon.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Two games and two goals for Weah, who backed up his tally last week in the Super Cup with another this week in a 3-0 Ligue 1 win against Caen. Weah was the beneficiary of a horrible error from opposing keeper Brice Samba, who was caught on the ball too long following a back pass on the goaline. Weah sprinted in and pounced, poking home from a foot out for the Parisians’ third on the day. After persistent rumors he would start, Weah actually was a sub in the match, coming on in the 82nd minute and making his
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich started and went the distance for Sittard in a 1-1 draw with Excelsior. The forward won four aerials and completed two dribbles but did not record a shot. He was uninvolved in the goal, which came from a stroke of luck off what appeared to be a cross flying over the keeper’s head and into the net. It’s a mildly disappointing result, as with the game 1-1, Excelsior were reduced to 10 men with over 30 minutes to play and Fortuna couldn’t make them pay.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was an unused sub for NAC this week. It might be better that he missed the action, though, as they were pounded 5-0 by AZ Alkmaar.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks did not make the Benfica 18-man squad for their 3-2 win over Vitoria de Guimaraes to start the season as he began the campaign with the reserves.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City, Championship)
For the second week in a row, Cameron was held out of Stoke’s starting XI as the Potters drew Brentford 1-1. It now looks like the veteran defender will be on his way out of the club during the window, with Werder Bremen and Rayo Vallecano among the clubs being mentioned as possible destinations. The 33-year-old is one of a few players who will reportedly be allowed to leave after being told they aren’t in new manager Gary Rowett’s future plans, so it seems like this move will likely happen before the end of the month. Watch this space.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played a quiet 90 minutes, tallying three clearances and three tackles while defending solidly, as Hull played Sheffield Wednesday to a 1-1 draw away from home.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi has still yet to make an 18-man squad for Forest, and it still seems like a possible loan move could be on the cards. His status will also be figured out in the coming weeks.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United, League 1 -> Derby County, Championship)
After it looked like Holmes would stay at Scunthorpe, he instead made his move on deadline day, jumping up a division and joining Frank Lampard’s Derby side. It’s not exactly clear how much upside the 23-year-old really has, but following two impressive seasons at League 1 level, he’ll get the chance to show what he can do in the Championship. It seems likely that he’ll get his chance to impress his new manager sooner rather than later.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch again played a role in rescuing a result for Sunderland, linking up with Josh Maja on a neat through ball after an excellent one-two in the middle of the pitch to set up the striker for a go-ahead goal in an eventual 1-1 draw with Luton Town. Gooch has had a strong start to the season, and he’ll hope to continue that momentum as Sunderland aims to go straight back into the Championship.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
It feels like Stanko has a long way to go to get into Freiburg’s starting lineup, but after the departure of
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd played nine minutes as a substitute, coming on with Darmstadt down 1-0 to St. Pauli en route to a 2-0 defeat. He did little of note in the contest.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
After making the opening-day squad, Gaines wasn’t included in Darmstadt’s 18 that lost to St. Pauli.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George had a decent 90 minutes with three dribbles, two key passes, and a shot on target, but Jahn Regensburg fell 2-0 to Paderborn on Friday nonetheless.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson made his return to the field Sunday from the broken leg that ended his 2017-18 campaign early, coming on in the 54th minute, albeit in a 3-0 losing effort to Hamburg. The right back wasn’t too active in the contest, and his team lost convincingly, but it’s nonetheless a major positive to see him back on the pitch for the first time in months.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten was not in the Sandhausen lineup this week as he continues his comeback from injury.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was an unused sub for Duisburg, who fell 1-0 to Dynamo Dresden.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford started and went 61 minutes for Heidenheim, who drew 1-1 with Holstein Kiel. He picked up a yellow card as well, which could have led to him being pulled off just 10 minute prior.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was an unused sub in Brugge’s 3-0 loss to Kortrijk.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike played 90 minutes in Kortrijk’s aforementioned loss to Brugge. They do have a clean sheet to their name, but Kortrijk’s defense has been leaky so far, giving up seven in its other two fixtures.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief still hasn’t returned from injury as Anderlecht beat Charleroi 2-1.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh did not make the St. Gallen squad for their goalless draw with Zurich.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
CF Reus have yet to begin the season as they open play on Sunday against newly relegated Las Palmas.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
With a lingering injury, it’s no surprise Payne didn’t feature for Excelsior this week.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Telstar begin play Friday against RKC Waalwijk.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall made it to the hour mark this weekend for Malmo in a 1-0 win over Dalkurd. He will hope for a look in their second leg UCL fixture against Mol VIDI at 11 AM on Tuesday.
There are just a couple of notes to pass along this week regarding the youth players on our list. We have one youth international coming and one going; as Josh Perez officially joins MLS club LAFC from Serie A side Fiorentina, 18-year-old forward Sebastian Soto enters the list as he joins Hannover from Real Salt Lake. He’ll begin with the U-19s, but the youngster was a prolific scorer at every youth level in the United States and could rise through the ranks quickly.
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, 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)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Will Vint (Manchester United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, on loan from FC Dallas)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)