Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After more than a month and a half spent on the sidelines, Cameron returned to game action over the weekend for Stoke, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 5-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley. It wasn’t a happy return to the lineup for Cameron, but he also deserves no blame for the defeat, as he entered with his side already down 5-0 in the 75th minute. He recorded one tackle and completed two of two passes in his return and will hope to return to
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman didn’t feature for Bournemouth’s senior or U-21 sides this past week.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams was limited to just a few minutes on the pitch, coming on in the 89th minute to help Huddersfield see out a 2-0 win over Brighton, which they did with little fuss. Williams did not touch the ball during his short stint on the pitch.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin’s up-and-down run of form continued Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Leicester. The right back went the distance for Newcastle and had some very bright moments, including a brilliant last-ditch challenge in the first half to deny Leicester’s Jamie Vardy a clear goalscoring chance. He also had four blocks and two clearances, but otherwise, he was far too often a spectator and struggled to have an impact going forward. Additionally, he could have done better on Leicester’s second goal — as he lost track of Marc Albrighton, whose layoff ended up in the back of the net by way of Demarai Gray — and their third, as he was caught too far upfield in the buildup to the late winner. It’s a tough loss for Newcastle to swallow; the Magpies haven’t won in seven Premier League games and now sit in 16th place, just two points away from the drop zone.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months, which means he likely won’t see the field at any level until 2018. However, he looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery, and this past week, he returned to training for the first time since suffering the injury. There’s still no estimate on when he’ll return to game action, but the date seems to be approaching quicker than previously expected.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
There were calls from a segment of Sheffield United’s fanbase recently for Carter-Vickers to be dropped to the bench, and manager Chris Wilder obliged, leaving the 19-year-old defender out of the starting squad for Friday’s game at home against Bristol City. The change didn’t have the desired effect, however; United lost 2-1 on a 91st-minute winner from Bristol City.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre was back on the bench and did not leave it during Fulham’s 1-0 win over Birmingham on Saturday.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Following a short spell on the sidelines, Ream was back in the thick of the action Saturday in Fulham’s victory over Birmingham. Playing in his familiar role as a left-sided center back, Ream put in a commanding display in defense as Fulham kept a clean sheet and earned three points. Ream won a team-high eight aerials, tallied five clearances, and blocked a pair of passes while also passing at a 77 percent clip. The numbers might not be spectacular, but it was a crucial win for Fulham, who have steadily climbed the table and now sit in 12th place following a slow start to the season.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
With struggling Sunderland desperately searching for any kind of momentum, Gooch was handed his fourth league start of the season Saturday. Against Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, his opportunities going forward were kept to a minimum, but Gooch was nonetheless heavily involved before coming off in stoppage time as the Black Cats shut down Wolves and earned a point from the scoreless draw. While he didn’t record a shot in the contest, Gooch was active along the right side of Sunderland’s attack, tallying four completed dribbles and one aerial win. He also contributed defensively with three tackles and three clearances. He was, however, dispossessed six times, most in the team, which is an area he’ll need to improve moving forward. Still, that he helped his side to a result in a game it wouldn’t have expected to get one in is a good sign for the 21-year-old.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Deployed as a left back this weekend by manager Mark Warburton, Lichaj filled out the stat sheet well as Nottingham Forest beat Bolton 3-2. The 29-year-old missed the target with his only shot attempt, but he
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy didn’t appear for Wednesday’s senior side in a 3-1 loss to Norwich, and the U-23 side’s clash with Burnley was postponed due to poor weather conditions.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
In Bolton’s aforementioned 3-2 defeat to Forest, Robinson lined up at left back for the Trotters and went the distance. It was far from Robinson’s best effort, as he was beaten easily in the buildup to Forest’s opener and picked up a yellow card 30 minutes in. After that, though, he improved, and the 20-year-old ultimately finished the game with two clearances, two aerial wins, and a successful take-on. His defensive showing was also better in the second half than the first, although Bolton still ended up on the wrong side of the result and remain out of the relegation zone on goal differential only.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi played twice for MK Dons this week, first as a starter in a 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy loss to Chelsea’s Academy side and then as a substitute in a 1-1 league draw with Shrewsbury. In the former, the winger was a constant threat to Chelsea’s defense (albeit in a losing cause) before being taken off in the 64th minute, and on another day, he could have found himself on the scoresheet. Despite the solid showing, Ariyibi was on the bench on the weekend and came on in stoppage time as Dons earned a single point.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
After going as an unused substitute during Scunthorpe’s 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Leicester, Holmes started and played 84 minutes in the Iron’s 1-0 league loss to Walsall. The winger did little of note in the contest as Scunthorpe’s six-game League 1 winning streak came to an end.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks put in another good showing for Wolfsburg, playing 90 minutes and helping his side keep a clean sheet in a scoreless draw with Hamburg. While he wasn’t overly active in the contest, Brooks did rack up four aerial wins, three clearances, and two tackles as his side limited Hamburg to just three shots on target. He also had one critical early block to deny Hamburg an early chance.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler underwent surgery on the knee injury he suffered against Dortmund on October 21 and was expected to be out for the remainder of 2017. However, it now seems as though the right back could be ready to return sooner than expected according to reports in the German media, and there’s a chance he’ll be in either of Eintracht’s Bundesliga matchday squads this week.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Once again, Johannsson wasn’t included in Bremen’s squad, which stunned Borussia Dortmund 2-1.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson missed out on Borussia Monchengladbach’s 1-1 draw with Schalke. He reportedly has suffered a back injury, although there’s not much news about the knock available. He is not expected to play when Gladbach face Freiburg on Tuesday.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
While Johnson missed the game, McKennie did not as the midfielder once against started for Schalke in the draw against Gladbach. The 19-year-old was mostly quiet over the course of the game, finishing with three clearances, two interceptions, two tackles, and one completed dribble. He did complete 24 of 29 pass attempts in the game while helping Schalke earn an important point in their chase for Champions League positioning.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Twice this week, Pulisic played 90 minutes for Dortmund and came away disappointed as the Black and Yellows lost first by a 3-2 margin to Real Madrid and then by a 2-1 scoreline to Werder Bremen. The winger wasn’t able to make his usual impact in either fixture; he finished with five completed dribbles and two tackles against Real as well as two shots against Bremen, but he didn’t do a ton else in either. After the league game, Dortmund fired manager Peter Bosz and later replaced him with former Cologne boss Peter Stoger, so Pulisic will now have another new boss to impress.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
In a snowy game against Cologne, Stanko was at the heart of the action for Freiburg, though not always in a good way. After entering as a substitute with his team down 2-0 in the 17th minute, Stanko was responsible for that deficit reaching three when he failed to clear a low cross and instead diverted it into his own net for an own goal in the 29th minute. The day got much better for Freiburg, though, as the side improbably turned the 3-0 deficit on its head, winning the game 4-3 thanks to two late penalties. Stanko finished with one shot off target, as well as two dribbles and an aerial win, while passing at 84 percent, and he contributed defensively with five blocks and two clearances. His Sunday might not have started well, but it certainly ended well as Stanko and his teammates celebrated three huge points that took them level with 15th-place Hamburg in the final safe spot in the Bundesliga table.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
After playing in the midfield for two games, Wood wasn’t in the Hamburg side that played Wolfsburg to a scoreless draw. Reportedly, the forward is out with a
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd started as a lone striker and went 90 minutes in Darmstadt’s 1-0 loss Friday to Erzgebirge Aue. The 26-year-old had one shot blocked and another that he missed the target with; other than that, he recorded two tackles and did little else as he was starved of service throughout the contest.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was not in the Darmstadt 18-man squad this week.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
Once again, George was used as an early sub for Regensburg, coming on at halftime with his team down 1-0 to Bochum. The winger wasn’t able to have an impact in the second period as the game finished by that same margin, and George finished with one shot on target and three tackles.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
For the first time all season, Gipson was included in Sandhausen’s starting squad, and he performed admirably in a 3-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld. The right back put in a good performance, finishing with five clearances, four tackles, four blocks, and 62 touches of the ball, tied for the most in the Sandhausen squad. It was a fantastic showing from the 21-year-old, one that he’ll hope will lead to further first-team appearances in the near future.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten is still sidelined and missed out on Sandhausen’s clash this weekend. He’s played just 30 minutes of first-team football this year due to injury.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright was also not available for Sandhausen and missed out on their victory over Arminia Bielefeld.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Deployed as a central striker for Fuerth, Green was heavily involved in the 1-0 win over Heidenheim that takes Fuerth to within one point of 16th place. The 22-year-old have five shots, two of which forced saves and one of which hit the woodwork in the second half, and completed two dribbles while passing at 90 percent. He turned the ball over a few too many times, which remains the biggest knock on the young forward’s game, but he has nonetheless impressed since returning from injury for Fuerth, who have pulled themselves off the bottom of the table in recent games.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was once again not in the 18-man squad for Fortuna, who lost 2-0 to Nuernberg to fall into third place in the table.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales played 90 minutes in the center of Ingolstadt’s midfield in a 1-1 draw with Kaiserslautern. He filled out the stat sheet well, recording four tackles and four aerial wins in addition to two shots off target. However, Morales also struggled defensively at times as Ingolstadt’s 2. Bundesliga winless run stretched to three games.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was once again left out of the Brugge 18-man squad. His team won 3-1 over Sporting Lokeren, extending its league unbeaten run to six games.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga played 90 minutes on the right side of a back three for Vitesse in a 1-0 Europa League win over Nice. The 22-year-old won a game-high seven aerials and had one second-half header off target that could have put Vitesse ahead. They would later find the winner in the 85th minute, which earned Vitesse their first win in this season’s Europa League. The team’s scheduled weekend game against Sparta Rotterdam was postponed due to snow.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore played the first half for Levante, coming off at the break with his side down 1-0 in a game it would lose 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao. The right back completed one successful dribble and had one tackle in his half of action, and he wasn’t involved in Bilbao’s only first-half goal, which came from a penalty.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich was pulled off in the 64th minute of a scoreless game against FC Emmen. The contest finished scoreless, and the sides remained level on points in the Eerste Divisie table.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne did not make the Excelsior squad that lost 2-1 to PEC Zwolle.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
As he continues his return to fitness, Saief came on in the 69th minute of Gent’s 2-1 Jupiler League win over Kortrijk. All three goals had been scored by the time he entered the match.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu started and played 88 minutes as Reims earned a huge come-from-behind 2-1 win at Niort. The striker wasn’t involved in either of his team’s goals, but he nonetheless played a part up top as Reims maintained their four-point lead atop the Ligue 2 table with a comeback victory.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Conversely, Tall came on in the 88th minute for Tours with his team already down 2-1 in a game that ended by that margin. Tours remain mired at the bottom of the pile in the second division, sitting seven points off their nearest competitor.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Torres was an unused sub for Lokeren this week in their aforementioned defeat to Club Brugge.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale didn’t play for any of Villarreal’s teams this week.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey also did not appear for Fulham this past week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Likewise, Gruno didn’t play for any of Leicester’s sides.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann earned his first ever start for Hertha Berlin’s senior side, playing in goal and spectacularly saving a penalty in a 1-1 Europa League draw with Ostersunds. There was nothing he could have done on the only goal for Ostersunds, which was deflected, but the 19-year-old keeper came up huge late, springing to his left to turn away an 87th-minute penalty for his fourth and final save of the match. He was then in the squad on the weekend as a substitute
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde didn’t appear for United’s senior of U-18 sides this week, and the U-23 match was postponed.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks was an unused substitute for Benfica’s senior side in a 3-1 win over Estoril.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez entered in the 74th minute of Livorno’s 3-2 win over Carrara with all three of his side’s goals having already been scored.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
All of Koln’s reserve sides had their matches postponed this week due to inclement weather.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott started and played 82 minutes for Chelsea’s U-21 side in a 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over MK Dons. He collected an assist with a forward ball to Michy Batshuayi for Chelsea’s opener (which can be seen at the 30-second mark in this video) before picking up a yellow card in the second half.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora went the distance for Stuttgart II, and it was a good thing for his team that he did as he scored the equalizer in the 92nd minute to give the team a point in a 1-1 draw with Elversberg. No video is available of the goal, Sonora’s fifth of the season.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Both Schalke’s U-19 and U-23 games were postponed this week due to weather.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman played 74 minutes for Bayern’s U-19 team in a 1-1 draw with their counterparts from Karlsruher and came on as a 74th-minute sub in their 3-1 win over PSG’s U-19 team.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
In that game between PSG’s U-19s and Bayern’s, Weah came off just moments before Tillman entered, leaving after playing the first 73 minutes.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young played the first 68 minutes as Bremen’s reserves drew 2-2 with Meppen.