Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
As he continues to recover from a bout with illness that’s coincided with his return from a knee injury, Cameron missed both of Stoke’s fixtures this week, a pair of draws with Southampton and Leicester.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers did not appear on the team sheet for either of Tottenham’s Premier League contests this week as Spurs got wins over Hull and Burnley.
After suffering an ankle injury, Gooch is expected to be out until at least late January. We will pass along any updates regarding his progress if and when they come.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Twice this week, Guzan backed up starting keeper Victor Valdes as Boro split a pair of 3-0 results, losing to Liverpool before beating Swansea. While nothing has been announced, it appears that the veteran goalkeeper will be on his way back stateside in January, as he looks set to sign with MLS expansion club Atlanta United.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman remains the only Bournemouth first team player to have not appeared in a game day squad this season, but the midfielder found himself on not just the team sheet but the score sheet Monday as the Cherries’ U-23 team thrashed Bristol City 7-0. There’s no information available on the goal, but any goal is a good one, and Hyndman will hope to continue his development and work his way into the team soon.
Brooks Lennon (Liverpool)
Lennon went the distance as Liverpool’s U-23s crushed Chinese side Hangzhou Greentown in a friendly. There’s not much information available on the game, but Lennon has certainly carved out a niche in the Reds’ reserves this season and seems likely to retain his place in the team for the foreseeable future.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde remains well outside of the United first team, but he did play for the reserves this week, going 78 minutes at fullback in a Premier League International Cup win over Sparta Prague.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
As usual, Zelalem was not involved in either of Arsenal’s 2-1 losses this week to Everton and Manchester City, and the U-23s were inactive.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj had a roller-coaster of a week, shining in a 1-1 midweek draw with Preston before struggling in a loss to Wolves on the weekend. On Wednesday, he was excellent for Forest, filling up the stat sheet with four tackles, a shot, two aerials won, and 74 touches, second-most on the team. Combined with the fact that his pass set up Forest’s only tally (although it went as an own goal, so he didn’t get an assist), the performance earned Lichaj a 7.1 whoscored.com match rating. However, his form didn’t continue on Saturday as Lichaj was skinned by Helder Costa in the buildup to Wolves’ opener and caught flat-footed on the second goal, even if a poor giveaway put the back line in a dangerous spot. All in all, it wasn’t what the versatile 28-year-old defender would have hoped for, although he has done enough over the course of the season to certainly make some impression on boss Philippe Montanier.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
After his horror show in last week’s 4-4 draw with Wolves, Ream was left out of both of Fulham’s squads this week as the Cottagers beat Rotherham and drew with Derby. Additionally, further rumors about Ream’s future popped up this week. The defender has been a target for multiple MLS clubs in recent months, and it was reported that he’s seriously considering a move back to the United States, with Minnesota United apparently interested. The rumors were shot down, but that can mean little in
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre went the full 90 minutes for Fulham’s U-23s on Monday in a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa. He wasn’t directly involved in any of the goals, but he did have an impact, forcing a save from the Villa keeper. Nonetheless, it’s a positive for the youngster moving forward that he continues to be involved in an attack that’s scoring goals at the moment.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams sat out both of Reading’s contests this week as he served the final two games of his three-match ban for violent conduct.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich had chances in both games he played for Reading’s U-23 team this week, but he couldn’t help the Royals pull out a win as they lost 2-0 to Hertha Berlin to bow out of the Premier League International Cup before drawing 3-3 with Sheffield United.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
After sitting on the bench in the midweek as Newcastle beat Wigan 2-0, Yedlin was in the lineup at right back for the Magpies’ 2-1 victory over Burton on the weekend. He had a fairly solid contest, although the 23-year-old was caught out of position on Burton’s first-half equalizer. Yedlin recovered well, though, finishing with three interceptions, a game-high five tackles, a team-high 75 touches, and 12 of Newcastle’s stunning 81 total clearances as the Magpies withstood a late barrage to secure three points and remain at the top of the Championship table.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi played a major part in Chesterfield’s 1-0 win over Bolton that took the Spireites out of the relegation zone. The young winger was involved in much of Chesterfield’s attack on the day and was rewarded with an assist on the winning goal, as he rolled a cross into the path of Liam O’Neil, who slammed home the only tally of the contest in the first half. It was a massive victory, too, as Chesterfield won for the third time in four games to leap over a trio of clubs in 20th place in League One.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was an unused substitute in Scunthorpe’s 3-0 win over Millwall as the Iron remained atop the League One table. He reportedly had suffered an ankle injury in Scunthorpe’s previous contest and was unable to start, although his presence on the bench is a positive indicator of his health moving forward.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd unsurprisingly was not included in Leipzig’s squad that beat Hertha Berlin 2-0. The striker is rumored to be interested in a January loan move to the New York Red Bulls, and we’ll keep an eye on any developments that occur.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
The achilles problem Brooks suffered last week was serious enough to keep the center back out of Berlin’s defeat to Leipzig. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll be able to go in Hertha’s last game before the Bundesliga’s winter break on Wednesday against Darmstadt.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
After being dealt a red card last weekend, Chandler served his one-match ban this week as Frankfurt lost
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)
Johannsson made his fifth appearance of the season for Bremen this weekend, coming on as a sub with 15 minutes to play in a 1-1 draw with Koln. All the scoring had already occurred by the time Johannsson entered the pitch, so he couldn’t make the impact he so desperately needs to potentially begin his climb back towards the starting XI.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson remains sidelined with an achilles injury, while his future at Gladbach is still in question.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was a huge factor in Ingolstadt’s second straight win, a 2-1 result over Bayer Leverkusen which has boosted them to 16th in the table. After an aggressive start from Ingolstadt, Morales was able to grab the first tally of the fixture (and his second ever for Ingolstadt) when he powerfully headed home Markus Suttner’s cross from eight yards out. The center midfielder also won six aerials on the day and is rewarding his manager in spades since he returned to the team last week. He only has six starts on the season, but that number is certain to rise quickly if he continues to put forth the efforts he has, which for now have helped Ingolstadt, currently sitting in the relegation playoff place, turn around what looked like a doomed campaign.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic didn’t have his best during his 83 minutes on the pitch as 10-man Dortmund drew 2-2 with Hoffenheim this weekend. He completed just one dribble and passed at a dismal 50 percent rate. Given his youth, Pulisic is undoubtedly going to experience some growing pains, so there’s no reason to panic, but the draw kept Dortmund in fifth when a win could have taken them to third, so it’s a disappointment from a team perspective even though the side finished with 10 men.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood scored on a ferocious strike which gave his team an early lead against Mainz, but Hamburg ultimately fell 3-1. In the 21st minute, Wood took a short pass at the top of the 18 and quickly shifted the ball to his preferred right foot before unleashing a howitzer to the near post which keeper Jonas Lossl could not catch up to. It’s yet another example of why Wood is such a promising talent, and it was a big goal personally for the Hawaiian as it was his first in 10 fixtures. Hamburg, however, are second-worst in the league in goals scored and now sit in the
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
The defensive midfielder was deployed as a halftime sub for Bochum in a 1-1 draw with St. Pauli. Though his side would concede the 1-0 lead they had at the half, Canouse was decent in his time on the pitch, passing at a very respectable 90 percent clip. He did little of note, however, during his 45 minute spell.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter did not make the 18-man roster for Dusseldorf, who played to a scoreless draw with Erzgebirge Aue.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten struggled this weekend in a nil-nil draw with Hannover. The forward was shut down all day, barely filled the stat sheet, and limped to 5.9 whoscored.com rating, worst of any player who appeared in the match.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath’s season ended November 6, with Molde finishing in fifth. The Tippeligaen begins a new campaign in March. However, new news has emerged about Horvath, who may be on his way to Club Brugge in the January window.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen tallied his fifth goal of the season for Hearts in a 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle. On 18 minutes, the striker opened the scoring when he rose highest to head home a cross from Liam Smith. Though his marker was ultimately cancelled out just after halftime, Johnsen continues to make an impact as prior to scoring his fifth goal in 10 games, the attacker was named Scottish Premiership Player of the Month. He is quickly planting himself as the clear first choice striker at Hearts, and he will hope continue his form and retain some consistency in the first team through the second half.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen logged a full 90 minutes for Hearts in their aforementioned draw. As they had conceded twice in their last two fixtures, only giving up one is a step in the right direction for the defensive midfielder. The defense has been Hearts’ achilles heel this year so far, so Kitchen’s role in front of the center backs will be important as they continue to strive for a Europa League place.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga was an unused substitute for Vitesse, who fell 3-1 to Feyenoord.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Like Miazga, Payne was also watched from the bench as Groningen drew 1-1 with Go Ahead Eagles.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez again did not get deployed as a sub as Fiorentina lost 3-1 to Lazio.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Just the same as the other Eredivisie men, Rubin was an unused sub. Utrecht drew Roda 0-0.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
After injuring his ankle last week, Siebatcheu did not make Reims roster for their 2-0 win over Troyes.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
With the Swiss Super League on winter break, Stanko will be out of action until early February.