Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
In a 2-0 loss at Sunderland, Cameron came on moments after Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross was sent off and was on the pitch for both Black Cats goals. He wasn’t responsible for either, though the center back was inches away from blocking Duncan Watmore’s shot on the clincher in the 84th minute. Even in a shortened shift and a loss, Cameron made a positive mark, with two clearances, two interceptions, and a blocked shot.
Like Cameron, Guzan was not at fault for any of the goals scored against his Villa side in a loss, a 3-2 home defeat to Watford that leaves the Villans at the bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety. Guzan made four saves, but was beaten by Odion Ighalo after a goalmouth scramble, teammate Alan Hutton on a failed clearance, and Troy Deeney from an excellent header. Villa remain without a league win since the opening day of the season, but Guzan is certainly not the one to blame for that, particularly after another decent showing in which he was let down by his defense.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard was also beaten three times, and was also not directly responsible for any of the goals he conceded in a remarkable 3-3 draw with Bournemouth. The 36-year-old was lucky to see a mishandled cross cleared off his line by John Stones in the first half before a late Cherries onslaught turned the result around. It began with an unstoppable long-range missile from Adam Smith and was compounded by a pair of Junior Stanislas strikes from good crosses into the box, the second of which came in the 98th minute and guaranteed that Howard’s six save effort would only be good enough for a point.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
As Sunderland earned a second straight victory, Yedlin started at right wing-back in place of the suspended Billy Jones and was effective in the 2-0 win over 10-man Stoke. In addition to leading the team with five tackles, Yedlin played a major role in the Black Cats’ second goal, with his long throw sending Watmore on a long run which finished in the game-sealing tally. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the 22-year-old since his arrival in England, but Yedlin now seems to have carved out a role in Sam Allardyce’s setup for the Black Cats, who have moved up to 17th in the BPL table.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was not in Spurs’ U-21 squad against Middlesbrough on Monday, with Tottenham’s 2-1 win cementing their second place position in the BPL U-21 table.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem again went 90 minutes in the semifinal of the Scottish Challenge Cup, with the 18-year-old drawing praise from manager Mark Warburton in a 4-0 win over St. Mirren. Warburton said Zelalem — who this week told Rangers’ website he is working to add more goals to his game — was “full of energy” and unlucky not to score as Rangers advanced to the Cup final, which won’t be played until April.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Again on the bench for MK Dons, Cropper watched starting keeper David Martin pull off a masterclass to earn a scoreless draw with Wolves. Martin has had something of an up-and-down year, but he was superb Saturday, making six stops to earn the Dons a road point.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman was not in Fulham’s U-18 or senior sides this week, and the U-21s did not play. It continues to seem more and more likely that his spell at Craven Cottage is coming to a conclusion.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Back in Fulham’s side after recovering from a small head injury picked up with the USMNT, Ream was solid in the center of defense as the Cottagers drew 1-1 against Preston North End. The St. Louis native was not responsible for Preston’s goal, a header by Joe Garner off a corner kick, and he made a game-high five clearances as Fulham dropped to 13th following the tie.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Despite starting poorly, Lichaj played a part as Forest earned an important 3-1 win over Reading. Lichaj was guilty in the 14th minute when Matej Vydra slipped behind him to give the Royals the lead after a long free kick, but Forest turned the result around with two goals before halftime and one just after it, and Lichaj was instrumental in helping preserve the lead after his side went down to 10 men in the 66th minute. The right back had five tackles and three blocks as Forest moved up to 16th place, five points clear of the bottom three, with the win.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading’s U-21s were inactive this week, and Novakovich did not make the senior squad for the game with Forest.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams did, though, putting in a full shift in the 3-1 defeat at the City Ground. Despite the loss, Williams was one of the better Royals on the pitch, with three shots — two on target — and a 91 percent pass completion rate. He also picked up a late
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks and his fellow defenders did not show badly at all in a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich. Playing as the left center back in a back five, Brooks completed 89 percent of his passes and put in two successful tackles. He could have gotten a head on the corner that led to Bayern’s first goal, but it would have been a terrific play by Brooks, who added four interceptions and four clearances for Hertha.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was on the bench for Eintracht’s 2-1 loss to Mainz on Saturday.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Bayern’s reserve side lost 3-2 in Regionalliga play to Buchbach, but that was not Green’s fault in any way. The young winger gave the Bavarians an early lead from the penalty spot, and he played a major role in Bayern’s second in the 27th minute, with his cross turned in for an own goal. They threw away the lead in the second half, but Bayern will take solace from Green’s showing.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson remains out with a hip injury. His Werder Bremen team lost 3-1 to Hamburg as they remained just three points out of the relegation playoff spot.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Simply put, Johnson is an man on fire at the moment. The winger scored three goals this week, the first a brilliant curling effort in a 4-2 Champions League win over Sevilla (in which Johnson also assisted on Gladbach’s final goal) and the final two of which came in a 3-3 Bundesliga draw against former side Hoffenheim. Johnson twice finished off excellent Gladbach moves, first in the fifth minute to give his side the lead and second in the 87th to seal the tie. The 27-year-old now has four goals and two assists in his past six games, a run he’ll hope to keep going this
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
In a 2-2 draw with Magdeburg, Kiesewetter was not named in Stuttgart’s reserve side. He was also not used by the senior squad in a 4-1 loss at Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Ingolstadt suffered just their second road loss in the Bundesliga on Saturday, a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Hannover. Morales went the distance for the visitors but failed to make much of an impact, as he failed to put in any tackles and only hit the target with one of his three shots. Ingolstadt remain in a surprising 11th place so far, sitting nine points above the relegation zone and just four short of the final Champions League spot.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd is still rehabbing after a serious knee injury suffered last December and is unlikely to feature until the new year for RB Leipzig, who are level on 32 points with Freiburg at the top of the 2. Bundesliga.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Wood was very busy in Union Berlin’s snowy 1-1 draw with Arminia Bielefeld. He hit the crossbar early in the first half and the post minutes later before earning an assist in the 32nd minute when he headed a corner down into the path of Benjamin Kessel, who hammered it home. Union conceded an own goal in the second half, but it was nonetheless a good performance from the Hawaiian striker, with Berlin sitting in 13th place on 17 points.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Sandhausen were demolished 3-0 at Duisburg on Saturday, with Wooten playing 90 minutes in the defeat. He’s hit a little bit of a lull, as Wooten hasn’t scored since September, but Sandhausen still sit in fifth place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
In his first start in nearly two months, Bedoya picked up two yellow cards and was sent off in stoppage time of a scoreless draw with Bastia. Bedoya had two tackles and two interceptions, but a late poor challenge saw him sent off and will cause the New Jersey native to miss Tuesday’s clash with Lyon.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Molde lost for the first time in their Europa League campaign Thursday, but Horvath was excellent in the 2-0 defeat to Fenerbahce. The 20-year-old keeper made six saves and one crucial last-man tackle, but it didn’t matter much as the 10-man Molde side couldn’t break down the visitors. Still, the Norwegians have already secured passage into the Round of 32.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin is still out after undergoing ankle surgery, and he is expected to remain sidelined at least into January. Utrecht beat Heracles 4-2 on two late goals from Sebastien Haller to move into ninth place in the Eredivisie.