Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron started twice this week at right back for Stoke, who lost 1-0 to Burnley and 3-0 to West Ham. The veteran wasn’t directly at fault for any of the goals scored against the Potters, but he was dragged out of position on each of West Ham’s tallies. Cameron finished with five tackles and three clearances combined in the fixtures, but the defeats dragged Stoke into 17th place, just a point out of the relegation zone.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman didn’t make the matchday squads for either of Bournemouth’s Premier League fixtures last week, a 1-0 loss to Manchester United and a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. He has still yet to make the 18-man squad for a league game.
After starting in a 3-1 midweek loss to Chelsea, Williams was a 64th-minute substitute on the weekend as Huddersfield beat Watford 4-1. For the most part, he disappointed in the two fixtures; he wasn’t directly beaten for any of Chelsea’s goals but was out of position for all of them while missing the target with his only shot, and his impact against the Hornets was limited to one tackle. He was peripherally involved in the buildup to the only goal against Chelsea, but it came far too late for it to make a difference. Still, with their win over Watford, Huddersfield have moved into 11th place in the table. Williams also made some headlines this week off the field with comments made to NBC Sports about the end of Bruce Arena’s USMNT tenure and a perceived bias towards MLS players.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin had a solid week for Newcastle despite a pair of losses. In a 1-0 defeat to Everton, the right back was arguably the Magpies’ best player, finishing with four dribbles, four tackles, and an 84 percent pass completion rate while seeing his only shot blocked. On the weekend, Newcastle lost to Arsenal by that same 1-0 scoreline, and Yedlin again impressed to the tune of six clearances, three interceptions, and a tackle, although his attacking impact was limited to one shot off target and one dribble completed.
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. However, he looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery, and he recently 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)
Carter-Vickers was taken off in the 69th minute of Sheffield United’s 1-0 Championship loss to Preston. He wasn’t involved in the only goal of the game — scored nine minutes before his substitution — but Carter-Vickers was significantly off his best, as he was easily beaten a few times by Preston players and finished with just two clearances, one interception, and one tackle in three attempts. There were rumors that Tottenham could recall him from his loan due to an injury to Toby Alderweireld, but Mauricio Pochettino said this week that he doesn’t intend to bring Carter-Vickers back early.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre entered the pitch in the 89th minute of Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Sunderland and completed all seven passes he attempted, although the forward wasn’t able to help the Cottagers find the goal they needed to salvage a result.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started in the aforementioned defeat and filled out the stat sheet well, tallying seven clearances, three aerial wins, and two completed dribbles while passing at an 85 percent clip. However, he was slightly out of position on the only goal of the game as Fulham failed to take advantage of the two teams directly ahead of them in the table losing.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch played the first 67 minutes of Sunderland’s aforementioned win, their first home league victory in more than a year. He was a threat going forward, although only one of his four shot attempts drew a save. Otherwise, Gooch was mostly quiet in the game before coming off, finishing with just one completed dribble while being dispossessed four times.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Once again playing as a left back, Lichaj had a quiet 90 minutes as Nottingham Forest lost 2-1 to Bristol City. The 29-year-old racked up four clearances and an interception, as well as one successful dribble, but he didn’t make a dent on the stat sheet anywhere else. He wasn’t responsible for any of the goals scored against Forest, but the Reds nonetheless stumbled to a third loss in four games. There also continue to be discussions about a new contract for Lichaj, although the defender has apparently yet to sign on for next season.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy didn’t appear for any of Wednesday’s teams last week. The senior squad fell 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Despite Bolton’s 1-0 loss to Burton, Robinson continued to impress from his left-back spot. The 20-year-old was busy all game long, tallying up a team-high nine clearances to go with four tackles and three dribbles and also leading Bolton with 103 touches of the ball, 16 more than his closest teammate. He was not responsible for Burton’s goal.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi was called on as a 60th-minute substitute and immediately provided a scare for Scunthorpe with a decent shot that required a save. The Iron led 2-1 at that point, but a goal from a free kick five minutes after Ariyibi’s introduction allowed Dons to squeak out a 2-2 draw and a point.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Unlike Ariyibi, Holmes started the game for Scunthorpe, but he was withdrawn at halftime with his side up 2-1. It was a curious decision, too, as Holmes had previously assisted on the opening goal with an incisive run and cutback while playing a role on the second with a shot that was saved into a Scunthorpe player’s path. However, an Iron player was sent off moments before the break, which may have caused Holmes to be removed as the team shuffled its squad.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
In the final week of league games before Germany’s winter break, Brooks started and shined against RB Leipzig before missing out against Cologne due to a knock. In the former, Brooks was strong defensively, recording eight clearances, five interceptions, and two tackles while helping the Wolves to a 1-1 draw. However, he also was one of a few Wolfsburg players who will be disappointed with his role in RB’s goal, scored after Brooks got tight to an attacker but failed to win the ball. He also apparently picked up a slight injury that kept him out of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to cellar-dwellers Cologne, and his status for Tuesday’s DfB-Pokal match with Nurnberg is up in the air.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
On cue, Chandler made his return from the knee injury that forced him to miss almost two months, and he didn’t miss a beat. In a 2-1 midweek win over Hamburg, Chandler recorded a pair of first-half assists with low cut-backs into the box, first to Marius Wolf and then to Mijat Gacinovic. His most notable contributions otherwise were four clearances and three aerial wins, as well as serving as captain for the match. On the weekend, however, Chandler was dropped from the starting squad, coming in as a 41st-minute sub for the injured Jetro Willems on the left side and recording two aerial wins and a tackle as Eintracht threw a two-goal lead away for a 2-2 draw with Schalke. He wasn’t responsible for either goal, but Chandler was perhaps too far upfield on both as Schalke clawed back two goals after the 80th minute.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
After going as an unused sub in Bremen’s 2-2 draw with Mainz in the midweek, Johannsson was back in the stands for their 1-0 loss to Leverkusen over the weekend. He has played just four minutes all season.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
There are still no further updates available on the back injury Johnson suffered recently for Gladbach, and he was held out of both their 1-0 loss to Freiburg and their 3-1 win over Hamburg this week.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie played twice this week for Schalke, first as a starter and then as a substitute. In the former, he went the distance as the Royal Blues beat Augsburg 3-2. McKennie won four aerials, two tackles, and completed one dribble in a slightly different role than normal, pushed a little bit higher, and he was a bit more involved in the attack as a result, although he passed at just 54 percent. On the weekend, he came on in the 80th minute, two minutes before Breel Embolo started Schalke’s comeback against Eintracht. McKennie recorded one aerial, one tackle, and one key pass in his short relief appearance.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
In new boss Peter Stoger’s first two games with Dortmund, Pulisic started twice and had a massive impact. In the first, a 2-0 win over Mainz, the winger wasn’t really at the center of attention before coming off in the 70th minute, finishing with two interceptions, one dribble, one tackle, and one shot off target. Over the weekend, though, the 19-year-old was the difference-maker in a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, finishing with six clearances, four tackles, and one very important goal. With less than two minutes left of normal time, Pulisic made a run off the
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was twice a second-half substitute for Freiburg this week. Brought on to see out leads against Monchengladbach and Augsburg, Stanko helped his team earn one win, but the 3-3 defeat to Augsburg was a harrowing one. Against Gladbach, Stanko finished with one tackle and one interception while attempting just three passes, though that was enough for Freiburg to hold onto their 1-0 lead. However, against Augsburg, Stanko’s only two passing attempts missed their target, and Augsburg scored twice in stoppage time to earn a 3-3 draw. He wasn’t responsible for either goal, but it will still serve as a sucker-punch for Stanko and his team.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
The knee injury he picked up last week kept Wood out of Hamburg’s two games this week, losses to Frankfurt and Gladbach. The only new update on his problem is that (according to German reports) the knee issue seems to be a recurring one for Wood, and while it’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined, it’s certainly an ominous sign.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd wasn’t in the Darmstadt squad that drew 1-1 with Greuther Fuerth.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was also not included in the Darmstadt 18-man roster this week.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
He didn’t get onto the scoresheet in Regensburg’s 3-2 win over Arminia Bielefeld, but George was all over the place for the hosts. Playing in a packed central midfield, George finished with two completed dribbles, two clearances, two interceptions, one tackle, and one shot that missed its mark. He did, however, struggle passing the ball, finishing with just a 68 percent completion rate.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson started again this weekend for Sandhausen and went all 90 minutes as a right wing-back in a 3-1 win over Holstein Kiel. The 21-year-old wasn’t too busy throughout the contest, but he did record three tackles, two interceptions, and two aerial wins. Like George, though, he had a poor game passing, connecting on just 24 percent of his attempts.
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 also did not play for Sandhausen and missed out on their victory.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Playing once again as a center forward, Green had two shots, two aerial wins, and one completed dribble in a fairly quiet overall showing as Fuerth drew Darmstadt 1-1. The point keeps Fuerth just a point away from 16th-place Darmstadt through 18 games.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter returned to the Dusseldorf squad this weekend and saw the pitch for the first time since August 6 in a 1-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig. The winger came on in the 77th minute with his team ahead and racked up three tackles to help Dusseldorf see out the contest and move back to the top of the 2. Bundesliga.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Once more, Morales played 90 minutes in the center of the park for Ingolstadt against Union Berlin. He recorded two tackles, two interceptions, and two clearances while winning three aerials as Ingolstadt came from a goal down to win 2-1 and move into fourth place in the division.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was once again left out of the Brugge 18-man squad. The side defeated Anderlecht 5-0 to extend its Jupiler League lead to eight points.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga played 180 minutes over two games as Vitesse drew with Willem II 2-2 and Twente 1-1. Against Willem, Miazga totalled a whopping 10 aerial wins and five clearances but didn’t do much else of note. On the weekend, he was at the center of a five-man defense and impressed, finishing with six aerial wins, three clearances, two tackles, and two shots (one blocked, one off target) while tying for the team lead with 80 passes attempted, 72 of which he completed.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore wasn’t included in Levante’s La Liga squad that played Sevilla to a 0-0 draw. There are rumors that Levante could be looking to bring a right back into the squad in January, which would cut into Moore’s playing time, although it’s unclear just how much there is to this whispers at this point.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich went all 90 minutes as Telstar defeated Jong FC Utrecht 1-0 on Friday to move into fourth place in the second-division table.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne didn’t make Excelsior’s squad for either of their Eredivisie games last week, a 3-1 loss to Ajax and a 2-0 win over Payne’s old club, Groningen.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief finally returned to Gent’s starting lineup last week and played 72 minutes in a 4-1 Cup defeat to Kortrijk. He’ll now hope to work his way back into the league squad, although he was on the bench and didn’t leave it for Gent’s 0-0 league draw with Standard Liege.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
In a 5-1 win over Valenciennes, Reims’ fourth in a row, Siebatcheu was untouchable, recording a hat trick and an assist as the team stayed comfortably at the top of the table. His first two goals were similar, coming via one-on-ones with Valenciennes’ keeper, and his third was a close-range header(all can be seen in this video). The assist may have been better than any, as he set Pablo Chavarria in on goalwith a perfect backheel. Siebatcheu now has nine league goals on the season, and Reims are eight points clear atop the Ligue 2 table.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was a 70th-minute substitute for Tours in a 2-0 Ligue 2 loss to Lens on Monday.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Torres was an unused sub for Lokeren this week in their 1-1 draw with Waasland-Beveren.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale didn’t play for Villarreal’s B team this weekend, and it’s unclear if he played for any of the youth sides. He hasn’t appeared for the senior side yet.
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 didn’t appear for either Hertha’s senior or reserve sides, and the U-19 team’s match was postponed.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde also didn’t appear in any of United’s squads this week.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks made his league debut for Benfica’s senior side in the 84th minute of a 5-1 win over Tondela. He completed all nine of his passes after his entrance, and while he didn’t have an impact on the scoresheet, it’s nonetheless a monumental moment for the 20-year-old.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez didn’t appear in Livorno’s 2-2 draw with Piacenza on Monday.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
All of Koln’s reserve sides once again had their matches postponed this week due to inclement weather.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott was not in any of Chelsea’s matchday squads this week.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora played 64 minutes in Stuttgart II’s 1-0 win over Hessen Kassel.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague didn’t play for Schalke’s U-19 team, and the U-23s were inactive.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Bayern’s reserve teams had their matches postponed this week.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah didn’t play for PSG’s reserves this week, and it’s unclear if he appeared for the U-19 team, which defeated Chambly’s U-19s 4-0.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young played 84 minutes for Werder Bremen II against Unterhaching and was taken off in a scoreless game. Unterhaching would go on to score a 92nd-minute winner.