Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron still hasn’t made his way back from his concussion and missed out this week on Stoke’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool and their 2-1 win over Swansea. The defender did return to full training late in the week, and he may be able to return as soon as this weekend, when the Potters visit Spurs, although that’s certainly up in the air at this point. Cameron has missed Stoke’s last six games in Premier League play, during which time they’ve conceded 10 goals.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman didn’t make the squad for either of Bournemouth’s EPL games this week, a 2-1 loss to Burnley and a 1-1 draw with Southampton, though he did appear for the U-21 side in a 3-0 win over MK Dons. The 21-year-old still has yet to appear for Bournemouth in a league game since arriving at the club in June of 2016.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
His team may have had a week to forget, but Williams can hold his head high after a pair of decent performances for Huddersfield. In the Terriers’ 5-0 midweek thrashing at the hands of Arsenal, Williams entered as a 74th-minute substitute with the game already out of reach at 4-0, and he wasn’t at fault for the final Gunners goal while completing four of five passes. He then started in the center of the midfield in Huddersfield’s 2-0 loss to Everton on Saturday and stood out as one of the Terriers’ best players. Williams tallied a game-high five interceptions to go along with two tackles and one successful dribble, and he was praised for his combativeness in the heart of the field against Everton’s Wayne Rooney. It wasn’t a great week for the club, but the signs are positive for Williams, who has adapted well to life in England’s top flight.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Once again, Yedlin had a trying week for Newcastle as the Magpies earned one point in two EPL games. In the first, Yedlin started and went the distance at right back, but he was at least partially at fault for both goals Newcastle conceded in a 2-2 draw. On both tallies, the 24-year-old attempted to head long balls away from danger and came up empty, and each goal was scored seconds later. He did record two clearances, a tackle, a dribble, and an aerial win, and he also made a significant contribution to Newcastle’s late equalizer by winning the free kick that led to Jonny Evans’ own goal. However, his defensive struggles Tuesday led to Yedlin’s benching Saturday, as he was an 85th-minute substitute in a 3-1 loss to Chelsea (all the goals had been scored by the time he entered the contest). Whether that’s a sign of things to come or not remains to be seen, but Yedlin will have to take a big step forward in the coming weeks if he wants to stay in Rafa Benitez’s good graces.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Sheffield United have come back down to earth after their excellent start to the season, and Carter-Vickers has been a part of it. On Saturday, he went the distance on the right side of a back three in a 3-1 loss to Millwall. The 19-year-old wasn’t directly at fault for any of the goals against (he was caught too far upfield on Millwall’s opener, but the giveaway that led to their counter attack wasn’t on Carter-Vickers), and he actually put in an impressive display in defense throughout the contest. Carter-Vickers tallied six aerial wins, five clearances, three interceptions, two successful dribbles, and a tackle in the game. However, Blades fans on Twitter have criticized Carter-Vickers in recent weeks for careless giveaways and small mistakes that have started to add up as United have slipped to fourth in the table following a three-game winless run.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre was a 77th-minute substitute in Fulham’s 3-1 loss to Brentford on Saturday, entering with his team down 2-1 and chasing an equalizer. In his short stint on the pitch, the young forward struggled, completing three of five passes while getting dispossessed twice. It was just the third Championship appearance of the season for the 19-year-old, but there’s plenty of room for improvement.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream wasn’t ready to return from the knock he picked up last week and duly missed out on Fulham’s defeat to Brentford. The injury doesn’t look serious, but his absence created a big problem for Fulham defensively, which was compounded when another center back, Denis Odoi, was given his marching orders for a second yellow card early in the second half. It’s unclear if Ream will be able to return to action when the Cottagers host Birmingham this weekend.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was an 80th-minute substitute, coming on with all of the goals already on the board in a 3-1 loss to Reading. He completed all four of his pass attempts in his time on the pitch but was unsuccessful with his only take on. Sunderland are currently in 23rd place, level on points with last-place Burton, through 20 games of what’s been a miserable campaign thus far.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj went 90 minutes at right back for Forest in a 4-2 defeat to Ipswich on Saturday. The four goals against are a serious worry, although none was really down to Lichaj. Still, he struggled with Ipswich’s left-sided players throughout, although he very nearly scored a spectacular long-range effort which could have turned the tide of the contest. Now, the biggest questions for Lichaj revolve around his uncertain future, as he is reportedly in contact with Forest over apossible contract extension while MLS clubs circle. He may be ready to sign a new deal as soon as this week, but the veteran fullback may also decide it’s time to head back home. Either way, watch this space for updates.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy did not play for Wednesday’s senior side this week, but he did score Monday for the U-23s in a 5-2 loss to Crewe Alexandra, scrambling the ball home after a corner kick in the 64th minute to cut his side’s deficit to 3-2.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
After a challenging week, Robinson returned to form in an important 3-1 win over Barnsley that takes Bolton off the foot of the table and, for now at least, out of the relegation zone. The left back was excellent throughout the fixture, recording a game-high six interceptions, six clearances, two successful dribbles, and two tackles. He also linked up well with the winger in front of him, Will Buckley, but it was his defensive performance that won plaudits from both manager Phil Parkinson and Bolton fans in general. The Trotters have now lost just one of nine games since the end of September and sit in 21st place, out of the bottom three on goal differential.
Ariyibi started and played 90 minutes as Dons defeated non-league side Maidstone 4-1 in the second round of the FA Cup. The winger wasn’t involved in any of the goals, but he was a constant threat down the left side for Milton Keynes, especially in a first-half in which he created multiple chances for himself with his strong running. Dons will travel to Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the competition in early January.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Like Ariyibi, Holmes went 90 minutes in an FA Cup tie this weekend, but his Scunthorpe side was defeated 3-0 by Doncaster Rovers. Holmes was heavily involved early and had one good chance cleared off the line before fading over the latter stages as Doncaster scored twice in the second half to advance in the competition.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
If Brooks could put together displays like the one he did Sunday every week, he’d be one of the best center backs in the world. The 24-year-old was outstanding in a 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, finishing with six tackles, six clearances, three blocks, two interceptions, and a 97 percent pass completion rate. Against a Gladbach side that entered on the back of a win over Bayern Munich, Brooks and his defensive mates shut the door time and again. It was the kind of performance that makes Brooks look like a future USMNT captain as the most expensive American in football history begins to justify the price tag Wolfsburg paid for him in the summer.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler underwent surgery on the knee injury he suffered against Dortmund on October 21 and will be out for the remainder of 2017. The injury only appears to be a small tear of the meniscus, however, and the hope is that he may be able to return some time shortly after the Bundesliga’s winter break.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Once again, Johannsson wasn’t included in Bremen’s squad that beat Stuttgart 1-0. Reportedly, his absence was due to a knee injury picked up in a recent friendly, but Johannsson’s overall lack of playing time this season isn’t down to health, as he’s simply fallen down the pecking order at Bremen.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was an unused substitute in Gladbach’s aforementioned 3-0 defeat at Wolfsburg.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie started and played the first 55 minutes of Schalke’s 2-2 draw with Koln, coming off with the game level at a goal apiece. He didn’t have a great performance, as he was one of a number of Schalke defenders to fall asleep on Koln’s equalizer early in the second half just minutes before he was subbed off. The 19-year-old did fill out the stat sheet decently well, recording three tackles, two clearances, two aerial wins, a dribble, and a shot off target while passing at 85 percent. Schalke’s Bundesliga unbeaten run is now up to eight games, and the Royal Blues sit in third place in a tight battle near the top of the league table.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic played 90 minutes for Dortmund as a supporting forward in Peter Bosz’s 3-4-3 formation and had a relatively quiet game as Dortmund drew with Leverkusen 1-1. Pulisic was not involved in the goal or Dortmund’s most dangerous attacks, but his impressive one-on-one ability continues to show as he completed five dribbles, although he recorded just a single shot. Dortmund find themselves in serious trouble now, as their elongated slump has dropped them from the top of the table to sixth.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was an unused sub for Freiburg, who drew Hamburg 0-0.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood, however, started and played 87 minutes in Hamburg’s draw with Freiburg. Normally a center forward, Wood was deployed as an attacking midfielder for the second consecutive week as Hamburg look to ignite their dormant offense. Per usual, Wood had a solid game in the air with five aerial wins while also recording two shots. However, his 61 percent pass completion is well below what a No. 10 should be producing, and that doesn’t indicate that it is a better position for him on the pitch. Hamburg desperately need to escape the relegation scrap, and though they are safe for now, it wouldn't be far-fetched for Markus Gisdol to keep tinkering with the squad.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
In tough, icy conditions, Boyd was also given a start at center attacking midfield this weekend for Darmstadt, as he played just under an hour in their 1-0 loss to Jahn Regensburg. He didn’t fare much better
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was not in the Darmstadt 18-man roster this week.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George continued his role as an early sub for Regensburg, coming on at halftime of a then- goalless game with Darmstadt. George didn’t have much of an impact on the stat sheet and was uninvolved in the goal, which was knocked in from a free kick six minutes after he stepped on the pitch. Still, the 25-year-old continues to log minutes for the surprising seventh-place side, which hasn’t lost in five outings and is quickly rising up the table.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson was an unused substitute for Sandhausen in their 1-0 loss to Nuernberg.
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 entered Sandhausen’s aforementioned loss with his side already down 1-0 and just 15 minutes left in the contest. He did little of note in his quarter-of-an-hour on the pitch but did pick up a yellow card.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green was again sent out for Fuerth as a center forward, but to a less effective degree this week as his side was beaten 2-0 by Duisburg. The striker had three shots and two tackles on the day but was unable to help his side to a potentially game-changing goal. Greuther Fuerth are in danger of taking the drop, as they sit in second to last.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was not in the 18-man roster for Fortuna, who drew 2-2 with leaders Holstein Kiel. The two teams still occupy the top two spots in the league.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales started and played 69 minutes for Ingolstadt, who fell 2-0 to Eintracht Braunschweig. The midfielder was replaced when his side needed an offensive boost after conceding in the 65th minute, but he was not on the field for Braunschweig’s second tally. The 27-year-old recorded a solid five shots, but most were from speculative distance. He also won three tackles and three aerials on the day. However, Ingolstadt were unable to convert in a fixture they completely dominated with 66 percent possession and a 28-7 shot advantage.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath seems to have completely lost his place in the Brugge side as he didn’t make the 18-man roster for either their Belgian Cup win over Zulte-Waregem or their league draw with Eupen.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga played 90 minutes this weekend as Vitesse fell 1-0 to Feyenoord. The center back wasn’t directly responsible for the hosts’ ninth-minute goal, but he did step forward to a pass in the build up, which took him out of position on the play. Though it was the only goal Vitesse conceded on the day, their defense was generally poor, allowing 18 shots, which could have easily turned the game into a one-sided affair. Miazga also picked up a yellow card in the contest.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
After being an unused sub in a midweek Copa del Rey fixture, Moore returned to the Levante starting lineup on the weekend for a goalless draw with Malaga. The right back received the best match rating on his team on whoscored.com, winning four tackles and passing at 80 percent on the day. It was an important bounceback game, too, especially for the defense, which conceded five goals its last time out in La Liga. With three straight league starts for Levante now, Moore appears to have worked himself into a starter's role, at least for the time being.
Novakovich logged a full shift for Telstar in their 2-1 defeat to Cambuur. He was uninvolved in his side’s only tally, which gave them the lead early in the second half, and was unable to help find a second that could have killed off the game. The loss bumps Telstar down to sixth place.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne did not make the Excelsior squad for their 3-1 loss to NAC Breda.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief didn’t see the pitch in league action this week, but he did make a substitute appearance in Gent’s 2-1 cup win over Lokeren. Saief was brought on with 25 minutes to play and his side up 2-0, and while they would concede late, he helped his teammates see out a win that puts them in the quarterfinals.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu did not play for Reims in their heartbreaking 3-2 extra-time Coupe de France loss to Lens.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall played a massive role this week for Tours, who advanced in the Coupe de France with a 4-2 win over Limoges. Tall came on in the 60th minute and his side down 2-1. He proceeded to score in the 70th minute before burying a 78th-minute penalty that completely flipped the script before Tours tacked on an insurance goal late. Highlights have proven elusive, but such an outing could be the key Tall needs to start producing in Ligue 2 for his struggling side.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Torres was twice an unused sub for Lokeren this week as they fell in both their aforementioned cup match with Gent and in the league to Anderlecht.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale didn’t play for Villarreal’s B team in a 2-0 win over Deportivo Aragon.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey did not play for Fulham’s U-21 squad in a 3-1 Checkatrade Trophy win over Crawley Town.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno did not appear for Leicester’s PL 2 side in a 2-1 win over Everton.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann started and went the distance for Hertha’s reserve side in a 3-2 loss to Lokomotive Leipzig.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde went 90 minutes for United’s U-23 side in a 2-0 Premier League International Cup win over Celtic, his first start since suffering an injury earlier this fall.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks didn’t appear in any of Benfica’s teams this week.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez was a late substitute, coming on with four minutes to play in Livorno’s 2-1 win over Arzachena.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott played 90 minutes for Koln II, who fell 2-1 to Wiedenbruck.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
The PL 2 was off this week, and Scott did not appear for Chelsea’s reserves in a midweek Checkatrade Trophy win over Exeter.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Stuttgart II’s game this week was postponed.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Both Schalke’s U-19 and U-23 games were postponed this weekend due to poor weather.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Bayern II’s game was also postponed this week.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
PSG’s U-19 squad beat its counterpart from Caen 3-0, but it is unclear if Weah was involved in the fixture.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young played the final four minutes of Bremen II’s 2-2 draw with Osnabruck.