Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream still hasn’t made it fully back from injury and missed the 18-man roster for Fulham’s 3-1 loss to Tottenham. He is expected back soon, however.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams took a major step in his recovery from the broken leg that ended his 2017-18 campaign early by making the Huddersfield bench Saturday. It was a good game to not be on the field for, as Huddersfield were hammered 6-1 by Manchester City, but Williams appears close to a return to action for the Terriers.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin’s knee injury, which he suffered in the season opener against Spurs, luckily won’t be a long-term setback despite initial fears that he might miss an extended period of time. It was enough, however, to keep him out of the lineup for a goalless draw with Cardiff City.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
There’s no news this week about CCV’s injury, but there is a fresh piece about a potential loan move to Swansea (the Sun is not the only source reporting it). Tottenham aren’t too deep at center back, but they should have the numbers to survive without Carter-Vickers, so this move does seem conceivable before the loan window closes.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson didn’t play in Wigan’s midweek League Cup loss to Rotherham, but he did start and go the distance against Nottingham Forest in a 2-2 league draw on the weekend. The left back wasn’t responsible for any tally on either end of the pitch, but he did have four dribbles, three aerial wins, and four tackles, giving him a 7.2 whoscored.com rating, second best on his team. He also recorded one shot on the day.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks logged a full shift against SV Elversberg in a 1-0 DfB-Pokal win. They got the shutout in the end, but it wasn’t easy, and frankly, Wolfsburg were opened up on multiple occasions by the fourth-tier side. Their offense didn’t do them any favors, either. Wolfsburg are looking for a confidence builder after a dangerously shaky last season, and they missed a chance to run the score up against an overmatched side.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
This week brought bad news for Chandler. His absence from the Super Cup last week was in fact due to injury, and he had surgery this week on his right knee and will be on the sidelines for six months. The surgery was successful, and we wish him a
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was not in the Bremen cup squad, which beat Wormatia 6-1. No news has come out about a potential transfer, but one still could be on the cards.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent did not appear for the senior side, either, although he did go 90 minutes for Bremen II in a 1-0 win over LSK Hansa.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson watched from the bench as his side annihilated Hastedt 11-1 to advance in the DfB-Pokal.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie went the distance against FC Schweinfurt in a 2-0 cup win. He wasn’t involved in either tally. It’s not an indication that he will be a surefire starter this season, but getting 90 minutes under his belt in game one is a good sign nonetheless.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
In his competitive club debut, Morales entered Sunday’s cup match against RW Koblenz with Dusseldorf up 4-0 in the 58th minute. Fortuna would add the fifth and final goal of their 5-0 rout five minutes later, although Morales wasn’t involved in it. The 28-year-old midfielder generally had a quiet afternoon, but he’ll be boosted by getting his first game in his new colors under his belt. Dusseldorf begin their Bundesliga campaign Saturday when they host Augsburg.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic and Dortmund began their season with a 2-1 extra-time cup win over Greuther Fuerth. The winger came off with his team down a goal in the 78th minute before the Black and Yellows pulled out a late equalizer followed by a winner deep into extra time from Marco Reus. Despite being pulled off the pitch, Pulisic was perhaps Dortmund’s liveliest player in the match, hitting the bar and forcing a good stop from the Fuerth keeper in the second half while also threatening the opposition defense throughout. Off the field, there were more rumors linking the 19-year-old with a possible switch to Chelsea, but he looks likely to remain in the Bundesliga this year and will hope to build on a solid first showing of the season when Dortmund begin their league campaign against RB Leipzig on Sunday.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Nurnberg began their season with a 2-1 DfB-Pokal win over sixth-tier SV Linx. Tillman watched that match from the bench as an unused substitute. He should receive a chance to impress sooner rather than later, however, which will help him make what the 19-year-old said this week he anticipates to be a difficult decision about whether or not to remain in the German national setup (he’s played for the U-19s) or make a one-time switch to join the USMNT, which the Bayern youngster said is something he’s considering at this time.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Making his first appearance for his new loan club, Wood entered a 4-0 blowout against Karlsruher in the 65th minute and helped Hannover extend their margin of victory to 6-0 by adding an assist. Twenty minutes after coming on, Wood held the ball up well and laid it off for Hendrik Weydandt to slot home with five minutes left. Wood also played a part on Hannover’s sixth, holding the ball up again before this time playing back to a teammate to cross for Weydandt to score. He won’t start every game for Hannover, but if he can continue to produce when called upon, Wood will find himself in and around the 18-man squad more often than not.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
In Fuerth’s aforementioned 2-1 cup loss to Dortmund, Green started and played 97 minutes before being removed for a fourth substitute in extra time. The midfielder had a decent game and regularly caused trouble for the Dortmund defense, but the visitors ended up finding the winner after Green was taken off, and he wasn’t involved in Fuerth’s lone goal.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga also made a debut for his new club this week, starting and going the distance for Nantes in a 2-0 loss to Dijon. It wasn’t the best day for the center back, who wasn’t solely responsible for either goal against but certainly will take some blame on Dijon’s second, which was tapped in when a forward snuck behind Miazga in the center of the penalty box (although the Nantes player who was beat in the buildup will shoulder more of the responsibility than Miazga). Otherwise, the Chelsea loanee was his usual self, winning all three aerials he contested while passing at a tidy 88 percent. Nonetheless, with two straight losses anchoring them to the bottom of the table, Nantes — and Miazga — will need to improve in the coming weeks.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
While the quadriceps injury that kept him out of Rennes’ opener is still not expected to be a long-term issue, Siebatcheu was again absent from the 18-man squad that defeated Angers 1-0 in the second game of the Ligue 1 season.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Weah checked another box on his personal milestone list this weekend. After scoring his first Ligue 1 goal a week ago, the 18-year-old started his first league match on Saturday at Guingamp. Unfortunately, his cameo wasn’t nearly as bright as last week’s, as Weah was limited to nine touches of the ball and struggled mightily, being taken off at halftime with PSG down 1-0. It was his replacement, a spry 19-year-old named Kylian Mbappe, who changed the game, scoring two goals in the second half to lift the Parisians to a 3-1 victory. In all seriousness, now that Mbappe appears to nearing full fitness following his spectacular World Cup exploits, Weah seems very likely to settle into a place on the substitutes bench for the remainder of the season, getting sporadic starts but probably a decent total of minutes for the heavy Ligue 1 favorites. His situation could still change, though; fellow Ligue 1 side Strasbourg are reportedly eager to take Weah on loan should PSG manager Thomas Tuchel decide to let him leave in search of experience. Neither option is a bad one, so the young forward looks set for a season of growth regardless of where it occurs.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Starting for the second straight week, Novakovich showed what made him so good in the Dutch second tier last season by scoring his first Eredivisie goal. It was a stylish one, too, and at the time, it brought promoted Sittard level with giants PSV. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Novakovich — who had already had an impressive game to that point — controlled a bouncing ball with his chest, shrugged off a pair of PSV defenders, and slotted a low shot into the bottom corner of the net to cap an impressive individual effort and send the home fans into pandemonium. Unfortunately for Sittard, they would ultimately be pegged back via a 90th-minute winner from PSV, but both Novakovich and his team put forth a tremendous overall effort. For his part, in addition to the goal, the 21-year-old striker won five aerials, tallied three shots, and recorded two successful dribbles. The result wasn’t ideal in the end, but it’s hard to say this was anything but a valiant effort and a top performance from Novakovich as he hopes for a promising first ever top-flight campaign.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
After being throttled 5-0 in their opening game, NAC Breda responded with a 3-0 win over De Graafschap in week two. Palmer-Brown, however, was an unused substitute once again.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
For the second straight week, Parks was absent from Benfica’s senior squad, instead starting for the reserves and playing 62 minutes in a 2-1 win over Arouca (Benfica B plays in the second tier). He’ll probably see more time with the second team than the first this year, but Parks should feature for the main squad at some point over the next few months.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City, Championship)
Cameron was not in the Stoke starting lineup that drew Preston 2-2 and has yet to complete his rumored move away from the club, which still seems likely but is not a sure thing.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj went the distance for Hull in a 1-0 loss to Blackburn on the weekend before doing the same and providing a nice assist with a left-footed cutback on Tuesday in Hull’s 3-2 win over Rotherham.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi did not make the 18-man roster for Forest this week. He still hasn’t secured a move away from the club, either, but one could still happen over the next week and a half.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes has yet to make his way into the Derby Country lineup, not appearing in a League Cup win over Oldham, a Championship loss to Millwall, or Tuesday’s league win over Ipswich. According to manager Frank Lampard, his absence is due to injury.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch played the last 30 minutes in a League Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday before going the the distance and delivering a nice assist in a 3-0 win over Scunthorpe.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman received multiple bits of action in his first week at Hibs, subbing on in a 3-0 Europa League loss to Molde –– which put them out of the competition –– before starting and playing an hour in a last-minute 3-2 win over Ross County in the Scottish League Cup.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko did not appear for Freiburg in their PK shootout win over Energie Cottbus in the DfB-Pokal.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd was a last minute sub for Darmstadt in a 1-0 win over FC Magdeburg in the cup.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines did not feature in the aforementioned fixture.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George did not play in the cup this weekend as Regensburg went out to Chemie Leipzig.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson was not part of the 6-0 rout Sandhausen put on RW Oberhausen in the Pokal.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten took a big step forward in his recovery by making the 18-man squad for Sandhausen, but he did not make it onto the pitch in their win over Oberhausen.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was not in the Duisburg 18-man squad that beat fifth-tier Dassendorf in the cup.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford entered Heidenheim’s DfB-Pokal match against Jeddeloh in the 70th minute with his side up 4-0 and added a fifth to the tally in stoppage time, patiently waiting for a defender and the opposing keeper to take themselves out of the game before slotting home the cherry on top of a 5-2 win. It’s the 19-year-old’s first senior goal and something he’ll hope to build on over the course of the coming season.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was again an unused substitute as Brugge drew 1-1 with Royal Antwerp.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike played another 90 minutes in another loss for Kortrijk, this one by a narrow 2-1 margin at home to Oostende.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief is closing in on a return from injury, but he wasn’t in the Anderlecht squad that beat Royal Excel Mouscron 2-0.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh was a 64th-minute substitute for St. Gallen, coming on with his side up 3-0 and helping add three more (although he wasn’t responsible for any) in a 6-0 cup win over Ueberstorf.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore was not in the Reus squad that lost the season opener 2-0 at relegated Las Palmas.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury. Excelsior lost 3-0 to Feyenoord this week.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott was a 63rd-minute substitute in Telstar’s season-opening 1-0 defeat to Waalwijk.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was twice used as a substitute for Malmo this week, who went out of the Champions League third qualifying round on away goals to MOL Vidi before before beating Trelleborgs 3-0 in league play on the weekend. In Gall’s 25-or-so minutes on the pitch, Malmo did not score.
Let’s start with the bad this week. Will Vint has a visa issue and must return from Manchester United to the USA, where he’s expected to join an MLS academy soon, so he’ll leave our list moving forward. Additionally, Fulham’s Marlon Fossey is having knee surgery and will be out for an extended period of time. On the other hand, 17-year-old Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun — who has featured for England’s youth national teams and is also eligible to play for Nigeria — has been called into the U.S. U-18 side, which is a huge coup of a young talent for the USMNT setup. And, lastly, Gio Reyna, son of one of the best USMNT midfielders of all time –– Claudio Reyna –– is reportedly set to join Borussia Dortmund’s academy when he turns 16 and becomes eligible. As USMNT fans are well aware, Dortmund is an outstanding place for a youngster to be, so there should be more to come from one of the USMNT’s brightest prospects.