We’ve done a bit of tweaking this week with our list, adding two names while taking off two others. New to the list are a pair of youngsters currently working their way through the academies of two of the Premier League’s top teams, Liverpool’s Brooks Lennon and Manchester United’s Matthew Olosunde. However, we say goodbye to two fringe players most likely not working their way into the USMNT any time soon, veteran Birmingham defender Jonathan Spector and St. Pauli striker Fafa Picault, who has seen his playing time dwindle for the German second-division strugglers. We’ve also moved some players around, putting a few loanees into different sections based on where they’re currently playing.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Still recovering from a knee injury, Cameron again was not in the Stoke 18-man roster which lost 3-1 to Arsenal. However, it does look likely that Cameron will be back in the next week or two.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers did not make either the Spurs squad which beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 in the Champions League in midweek or the one that lost 1-0 to Manchester United on the weekend.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
After suffering an ankle injury, Gooch is expected to be out for 2-3 months. We will pass along any updates regarding his progress when they come.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan again rode the pine as Boro lost 1-0 to Southampton. With January fast approaching, however, Guzan’s time in England appears to be nearing its end, asrumors continue to swirl that he’ll be heading to the MLS and expansion club Atlanta United.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman was not in the Bournemouth squad which lost 3-2 to Burnley, and the U-21s had their game with Southend called off.
Brooks Lennon (Liverpool)
One of the new names on the list this week, Lennon made a pair of appearances for Liverpool’s U-23 side in the past week, playing 20 minutes in a 1-1 draw with West Brom and a full 90 the next day in a friendly draw against FC Nurnberg. The 19-year-old attacker from Arizona is certainly getting a fair run in the U-23 side, and that is an encouraging sign moving forward as he tried to break through at Liverpool. As of now, Lennon still seems to be on the outside of the first team squad, but he still has plenty of room to grow, and given the club’s interest in him at an early age (he was signed from Real Salt Lake’s academy a year and a half ago), he could very well have a bright future in store.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Like Lennon, Olosunde is also a bit away from the Manchester United first team, but he is getting a significant run in the reserve ranks. This week, the right back logged a full 90 minutes in a 3-1 loss to
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem was unsurprisingly left out of the Arsenal first team this week and was an unused sub in the U-23s’ 3-2 defeat to Liverpool.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played a full shift for Forest as they were thoroughly beaten by Derby 3-0. In a change of formation, Lichaj was lined up as a left wing back (or left midfielder) in a 3-5-1-1 formation that did not go over well against one of the stronger teams in the league. For what it's worth, Lichaj did win five aerials and complete two dribbles on an otherwise forgettable day.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream had a nightmare of a day at center back for Fulham in a 4-4 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the first goal, Ream was fully to blame, as his mark got the better of him on a corner kick and headed home at the back post. Then, after generally poor defense from the entire team on the second and third tallies, Ream was again slow to react in stoppage time, allowing a Wolves attacker to smash home from close range. He was bailed out when Floyd Ayite again tied the game in the 93rd minute, but that did not mask the poor performance by Ream.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre played 90 minutes for the Fulham reserves in a 4-0 PL 2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. Though the winger was not involved in any of the goals, he was dangerous in the game, and it is always good to see an attacker involved in a rout.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams served the first of a three-game suspension this week for a violent red card as the Royals beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich played 75 minutes for the Royals’ U-23 side in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City. He was not directly involved in the goal and didn’t do much else of note during his time on the pitch.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was an unused sub in the Magpies’ 4-0 win over Birmingham City.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi was subbed on with just over 20 minutes to play in a 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Peterborough. When the 21-year-old came on, Chesterfield were already down 4-2, so the attacker couldn’t have been expected to get the struggling Spireites back into the contest.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes played 66 minutes for Scunthorpe in a 3-2 loss to Rochdale. When he was taken off, Scunthorpe were down 2-0, so the midfielder certainly didn’t have his best day. Still, Scunthorpe sit in first place.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was not in the 18-man roster which suffered Leipzig’s first loss of the year, 1-0 to Ingolstadt. It has been reported that Boyd is on his way to the MLS and the New York Red Bulls in the upcoming transfer window, and while nothing is official as of now, it seems like a smart move for all parties involved, and one that should probably be announced in the coming weeks.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
An slight achilles problem kept Brooks out of Hertha’s 18-man roster this week that lost 1-0 to Werder Bremen. Hertha manager Pal Dardai said Brooks was held out in part to simply allow him some extra rest, so the injury doesn’t seem too severe, but we’ll deliver any updates as they come.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
In the 82nd minute of a scoreless draw with Hoffenheim, Chandler got himself involved into a scuffle that he should have never entered, and he was promptly shown a red card following the fracas. The wingback was unlucky to get sent off, as he was one of a number of players to get involved in a bit of pushing and shoving, but he also ran across the pitch to put himself into the argument. The 26-year-old will now miss some time, which is a shame since he’s nailed down a starting spot over the past few months for Eintracht. He had a good game prior to getting sent off as well, with one shot, two tackles and a team-high 55 passes.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green remains sidelined with a muscle injury that will likely keep him out of action until the other side of Germany’s winter break.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Once again, Johannsson was an unused sub as Bremen got another massive win, the
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
The spate of recent injuries to Americans abroad hit Johnson this week as he was ruled out for the foreseeable future with an Achilles injury. On Wednesday, the attacker hardly got a touch of the ball in a 30-minute substitute shift as Gladbach lost 4-0 to Barcelona, and he wasn’t included in the squad that beat Mainz on the weekend due to the injury. It’s an unfortunate blow for a player who had seen his playing time start to lessen over the past month or so and whose future is a bit hazy at the moment.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was a surprise inclusion in Ingolstadt’s squad for a contest with league-leading RB Leipzig, and he paid new manager Maik Walpurgis off with an outstanding showing to help the Bundesliga’s bottom team shock the top one 1-0. In his first start since September, Morales was a workhorse in the midfield, making seven interceptions, completing four tackles and winning two aerial duels against a side that finished with 70 percent possession. He didn’t have a great game with the ball, passing at just a 38 percent clip, but the 7.7 whoscored.com match rating was well-deserved (and third-best for any Ingolstadt player). There’s still a long road and a likely relegation battle ahead for the club, but Morales helped his case for more playing time Saturday with a stellar game.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic played an hour at the Bernabeu in a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek, coming off with his side down 2-1. He had a decent game, finishing with one tackle, one shot saved, one completed dribble, and an 89 percent pass completion rate, although he was also dispossessed four times. Pulisic’s replacement after 61 minutes, Marco Reus, scored a late equalizer to give Dortmund the point needed to secure top spot in the group. The 18-year-old was then on the bench as Dortmund drew 1-1 with Cologne on the weekend.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
In the 67th minute, Wood came off the bench with Hamburg and Augsburg locked in a scoreless game with each team down to 10 men. A minute later, Filip Kostic scored the only goal to give Hamburg a vital three points, although Wood wasn’t directly involved in it. The striker did have one shot from long range saved in his time on the pitch, although he lost the ball three times during his spell. Nonetheless, Hamburg earned a second straight critical win to move within striking distance of safety.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse scored his first ever senior goal this weekend, and it was a huge one. After a 77th-minute corner fell down in the box, Canouse was first to react, lifting a shot over the keeper that found the top corner of the net through a crowd of bodies for the only goal in a 1-0 win for Bochum over 1860 Munich. He also won four aerials and two tackles in a solid 90-minute showing as Bochum jumped two spots in the 2. Bundesliga table.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
As has been a trend recently, Kiesewetter was an unused substitute for Fortuna Dusseldorf in a 2-0 home loss to Nurnberg.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was kept quiet this weekend as Sandhausen and Wurzburger Kickers played to a scoreless stalemate. The striker was a peripheral figure in the game as he failed to record a shot, though he did complete 81 percent of his passes and win three aerials. It was Wooten’s first real dud of a game since September, so this isn’t likely to severely affect the playing time of a man with seven goals this season, but he won’t want to make similar showings a habit.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath’s season ended November 6, with Molde finishing in fifth. The Tippeligaen begins a new campaign in March.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Hearts lost for the first time in seven games, 2-0 to host Rangers, as Johnsen went the distance in the contest. The striker was involved in some of Hearts’s best moments, including having a shot saved spectacularly that eventually led to a goal that was disallowed for offside. He also missed the target with a late chance that could have brought Hearts back into the game, but he wasn’t able to take it.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen also went the distance as Hearts fell to Rangers. He picked up a yellow card in the first half but didn’t have much of an effect on the contest otherwise.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga was an unused substitute as Vitesse beat Sparta Rotterdam 1-0.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Groningen beat Roda 2-0 on Friday, but Payne wasn’t involved in the clash.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
After missing out on the roster for a 2-1 Europa League win over Qarabag, Perez was an unused substitute Monday as Fiorentina beat Sassuolo in Serie A play by the same scoreline.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Again, Rubin was an unused substitute in a 2-0 Eredivisie win, this one over Heracles.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
After his stellar cup showing last week, Siebatcheu was granted a league start Monday, but it didn’t last long. The striker was stretchered off the field after suffering an apparent ankle injury in the 35th minute. Reims ended up drawing 2-2 with Orleans, but they’ll wait for news on Siebatcheu. We’ll pass on anything we hear.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko started and went the first 77 minutes as Vaduz drew with Lausanne 1-1 in the Swiss Super League. Stanko came off with his side down a goal before Vaduz equalized with a last-minute penalty.