Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
For the second week in a row, Cameron was an unused sub for Stoke in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City. Though the Potters were hammered, that could be a blessing in disguise for Cameron, as they may want to make a change to their backline after conceding five times in their opening two fixtures.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
After not making the squad at all last week, Guzan was selected to start with Victor Valdes out injured and helped his side to a 2-1 derby win over Sunderland. Though he made four saves, Guzan was also fairly responsible for the Black Cats’ lone goal, which came off a rebound that he could have done much better with. Still, with ‘Boro having three keepers, all of whom believe they deserve minutes, Guzan getting the start and win is only a good thing, as there could be a battle at that position all year.
Hyndman again missed the 18-man roster while recovering from an ankle injury for the Cherries, who lost to West Ham 1-0. However, manager Eddie Howe said Hyndman could make his debut in Wednesday’s EFL Cup game against Morecambe, which would be a good chance for Bournemouth’s new, young talent to make an impact.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
As expected, Miazga was not in the Chelsea squad which defeated Watford 2-1. News reports last week stated that the center back has beenoffered to Sunderland on a year-long loan, but whether that move goes through or not is still to be determined. Regardless of if that deal is completed, it definitely looks like Miazga will not be playing his soccer at Stamford Bridge this season.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin did not make the squad for Spurs’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. There have been reports about links with both Aston Villa and Newcastle, and previous ones regarding a return to Sunderland, so it looks as if he will be on his way out of Tottenham for now, though it may be a bit less certain to happen than Miazga’s departure.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
In Spurs’ aforementioned win, Carter-Vickers watched from the bench, doing so for the second week in a row. With Spurs having a well-established backline, it would be surprising if he gets many minutes this year in the Premiership (assuming Tottenham stay healthy), but just like last week, it’s never a bad sign to see the youngster in the active squad.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch started and played the full 90 minutes this week in Sunderland’s loss to Middlesbrough. The 20-year-old passed at an impressive 89 percent clip and has clearly worked his way further into David Moyes’s plans than was first expected at the start of the season over the first 180 minutes of the campaign. It’s not like he’s playing on the periphery, either, with Gooch taking up an active position in the attacking band of three for Sunderland. . It’s been very impressive and exciting, to say the least, to watch the start to his PL career.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem did not make the 18-man squad which produced a lackluster goalless draw against Leicester. His future at Arsenal (at least for this season) still remains very up in the air.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was twice an unused substitute for Fulham this week in a pair of draws, with Leeds and Cardiff.
De la Torre did not feature in either of Fulham’s aforementioned draws and was also absent from the U-23s’ Monday fixture with West Brom. It could be that he is being saved for their EFL cup fixture against Middlesbrough on Wednesday, though that’s no guarantee for such a young player.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss against Brentford, then was used as a 41st-minute substitute for an injured teammate in a wild 4-3 win over Wigan. Both appearances saw solid 7.0 or above ratings on whoscored.com, and the first was particularly well played, with the right back recording six tackles. It could be another busy week ahead for Lichaj as Forest play Millwall on Tuesday in the EFL Cup and have their usual Championship fixture on Saturday.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Just like last week, Novakovich did not crack the senior squad this week, but he did make an appearance for 65 minutes for the U-23 side on Thursday. Then, on Monday, he was back at it for the U-23s again in a rough 4-1 defeat to their counterparts from Tottenham. The forward did little of note in either fixture.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams played 180 minutes for Reading at his usual defensive midfield spot, but it wasn't his best week, with Reading getting shellacked 4-1 by Newcastle and drawing Brighton 2-2. On top of that, the midfielder picked up a yellow card in each contest and is quickly making his way towards an accumulation suspension. On a positive note, Williams completed a stellar 97 percent of passes against Newcastle and wasn't too bad against Brighton either with 80 percent.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Spector played 90 minutes for Birmingham in a 1-1 draw with Wigan before going 75 minutes against Wolves, removed for an attacking substitute with Birmingham down a goal and chasing the game, they would go on to lose 3-1. Spector didn't do much of note in either fixture, but he did have a tackle as the last man against Wolves, while, contrastingly, also passing at an alarmingly low 48 percent. It wasn't much better against Wigan either at just 50 percent.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
The 21-year-old showed a major upside last week with an impressive performance and was back at it again this week, logging a full 180 minutes in a 2-0 win over Walsall and a 2-1 loss to Shrewsbury. Maybe more importantly for Ariyibi at the moment, however, is that his name is being thrown around the rumor mill, with Championship side Barnsley apparently lining up a third bid while a few other suitors seem to be interested as well. It seems that Ariyibi’s time at Chesterfield could be limited, and though the Spireites aren’t going to give him away easily, it looks like he will be on the move before the window slams shut in a week's time.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes didn’t play in the midweek matchup, a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon. But, on the weekend, he started for Scunthorpe, unfortunately having to be removed after just over half an hour with a sickness, though his side cruised to a 5-0 win over Gillingham. He is looking to return for an EFL Cup fixture against Championship side Bristol City on Tuesday, but it remains to be seen if he will be ready to play.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was not quite ready for a return to the Leipzig squad, and it hurt, as they fell in the DfB-Pokal on penalties 5-4 after the fixture against 2. Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden ended 2-2 after extra time.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks started, picked up a yellow card, and was replaced at halftime of Hertha Berlin’s DfB-Pokal match against Jahn Regensburg of the 3. Bundesliga. Unlike Boyd, his teammates were able to get the job done on penalties, winning the shootout 5-3 after a 1-1 stalemate.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler came off the bench in extra time and played the final 20 minutes of Eintracht’s cup win over Magdeburg on penalties. More importantly, the fullback was linked this week with a move to Hamburg, with coach Bruno Labbadia reportedly holding a longstanding interest in Chandler (LINK). It’s a move that makes sense for both sides, as Chandler could use a change of scenery after spending much of last season out of the first-team squad in Frankfurt, and he probably would come
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
With the result firmly in hand, Green entered Bayern’s 5-0 DfB-Pokal win over Carl Zeiss Jena and made an impact in his almost half-hour on the pitch. He wasn’t directly involved in either of the two goals scored after he entered the fray, but the 21-year-old should have had an assist late on, as he set up a brilliant chance for Robert Lewandowski, who somehow missed an open net on what would have been his fourth goal of the game. Regardless, this is likely the first of many similar appearances this year for the young attacker, and if he can perform when he does get chances, Green could earn the occasional start for one of the world’s best teams.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
While he’s nearly back from the hip injury that ruined his first year in Germany, Johannsson wasn’t quite ready to be included in Werder Bremen’s opening cup fixture on Sunday. Unfortunately for the striker, he won’t have another chance in the competition this season, as Bremen were stunned by third-tier side Sportfreunde Lotte 2-1. All attention for both player and club now turns to the Bundesliga, as Bremen open their league campaign Friday at the Allianz Arena against defending champs Bayern.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
It looks like playing time will be much harder for Johnson to come by this season than it was last year. The winger was an 81st-minute substitute in Gladbach’s Champions League qualification round win over Young Boys before not making it off the bench in a win over Drochtersen. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, but there’s still every reason to expect Johnson to continue to play consistently after his breakout 2015-16 campaign. Gladbach is a big club with a lot of depth and a lot of games, and Johnson should get a chance this week, either in the CL second leg or in a big opening Bundesliga matchup with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was in the starting squad for Ingolstadt on Sunday against third-division Erzgebirge Aue (a former club of Bobby Wood) and played 101 minutes before being subbed off, with Ingolstadt eventually winning on penalties after 120 scoreless minutes. Most of Morales’s duties were in the attack against a side two leagues lower than his Ingolstadt, and he had a pair of decent chances in the contest, although he couldn’t convert. The midfielder will hope to hold onto that starting position in next weekend’s Bundesliga opener at Hamburg.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was on the bench but didn’t play in Dortmund’s Dfb-Pokal win over Eintracht Trier. There were rumors that the 17-year-old might go out on loan in an effort to get more consistent first-team playing time, but Pulisic’s father shot down those reports this week. The young forward will instead stay at the Signal-Iduna Park and try to build on his breakout 2015-16 campaign.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
In his first competitive appearance for his new club, Wood was his usual lively self, playing all 90 minutes in Hamburg’s 1-0 cup win over FSV Zwickau. He had one shot saved and hit the post moments after Hamburg went ahead on a brilliant solo goal by fellow new signing Alen Halilovic. It’s early days for Wood in his new surroundings, and he’s still yet to play in the Bundesliga, but he was solid by all accounts Monday. With Hamburg set to start league play Sunday, it’s still unclear if Wood will be involved, but he should get his chance sooner rather than later.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was on the bench for Bochum’s cup loss to Astoria Walldorf, but the young midfielder didn’t make an appearance a week after making his club debut.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Dusseldorf cruised to a 3-0 win in the cup over Hansa Rostock, with Kiesewetter playing 84 minutes. He wasn’t directly involved in any of the goals Fortuna scored, but he already seems far more settled than he was last season at Stuttgart. He’ll hope to remain a fixture in the starting squad throughout the campaign.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Like Kiesewetter, Picault started in a 3-0 cup victory, but did not find his way onto the scoresheet. That won’t bother the forward too much, as he had his hand in a chance or two in his 72 minutes, and his side got a straightforward win to advance in the competition.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was a substitute for Sandhausen, entering in the 59th minute of their win over Paderborn. While he was on the pitch for the side’s late winner, there’s no mention of him in any published report we could find, so he likely wasn’t involved in much. He’ll hope to get back on track in the league this weekend against Stuttgart.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims)
The 20-year-old striker wasn’t in Reims 18-man squad for their 2-1 win over Red Star.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath was in net for Molde as they scored twice in stoppage time to beat Odds BK 4-2. The 21-year-old made three saves in the win, but he wasn’t his best, and he was far from the biggest story concerning an American in the game. That’s because Molde winger Josh Gatt, who played just five minutes last season and has battled serious knee injuries since June 2013, was on the bench for the club as he nears a full return to action. Still only 24, Gatt has been capped twice for the USMNT and was originally on the 2013 Gold
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts)
In Hearts’ 5-1 win over Inverness CT, Johnsen made his club debut, coming on in the 74th minute with the side ahead 3-0. Within five minutes, the 6-foot-5 striker made his mark, setting Sam Nicholson in on goal with a terrific backheel, with Nicholson scoring to make it 4-0. According to the Hearts match recap, Johnsen had been awaiting international clearance before being allowed to play, which explains his absences from the lineup thus far, and his impressive debut should lead to plenty more opportunities in the coming weeks and months for the 24-year-old North Carolina native.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts)
Kitchen went 69 minutes in the aforementioned Hearts victory, his first start of the season. The central midfielder doesn’t often make his way onto the scoresheet, but he seems to be drawing endless praise from Hearts fans on Twitter thanks to his tireless nature and solidity in the center of the park, and that was again this case Saturday. He should prove to be a vital component of any success the club is to have this season in the Scottish Premier League.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Once again, Payne did not play for Groningen, who lost to Twente 4-3. It appears that Payne is out with some sort of undisclosed injury, but there’s no real news on the subject, so it’s impossible to know. We’ll keep an eye on him moving forward to see if anything does come out regarding Payne’s status.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
While he didn’t do much of note in Utrecht’s 2-1 loss to AZ, Rubin did start and play 70 minutes. That’s a very good sign, as it looks like Rubin has earned the first opportunity to start alongside another developing young striker, Frenchman Seb Haller, in Utrecht’s 4-4-2, at least for the time being. Rubin passed at an 82 percent rate in the contest, but he was also dispossessed three times, an aspect of his game he’ll need to improve on this season.