Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron remained out of Stoke’s lineup this week as he recovers from a knee injury, although he could return to training this week. The Potters earned a straightforward 2-0 win over Burnley to move into the top half of the Premier League table.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
As rumors that he could be on his way back to MLS in
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman wasn’t included in the Bournemouth squad that pulled out a remarkable 4-3 win over Liverpool, and the Cherries’ U-23s didn’t play last week.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga was brought on in the final seconds of Vitesse’s 3-1 win over PEC Zwolle. He had just one touch in the match.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Once again, Carter-Vickers was an unused substitute as Spurs cruised by Bob Bradley’s Swansea in a 5-0 demolition. There’s a chance the 18-year-old center back could start this week as Spurs take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League with the side already eliminated from contention for a place in the last 16, although it’s unclear whether or not he will.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
After getting stretchered off with an ankle injury during the U-23s’ clash with Spurs last week, Black Cats manager David Moyes confirmed that Gooch will miss 2-3 months with the ailment. It’s a particularly brutal blow for a young player who seemed closer to earning more minutes, as Moyes also said that the 20-year-old had impressed him on the training pitch over the past week prior to suffering the injury.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem wasn’t in the Arsenal squad that beat West Ham 5-1, and the U-23s did not play. He, like Carter-Vickers, could see action in the Champions League this week with the Gunners already through to the knockout round, although it remains to be seen.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
In a dominant 5-0 win over 10-man Reading (more on them shortly), Ream went 90 minutes at center back and helped his side keep a clean sheet. He wasn’t required to do much defending, finishing with three clearances and a tackle, but the 29-year-old did complete 97 percent of his passes and win three aerial battles. It was a solid, if unspectacular, showing for a player who has been in and out of the starting lineup in recent months, and he’ll hope to keep his place in the coming weeks.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre was an unused substitute for Fulham’s U-23 side, which lost 3-1 to Charlton on Monday.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Playing as a left wingback against a Newcastle team that went down to nine men just before halftime, Lichaj had a decent showing in helping Forest earn three points, albeit difficult ones, in a 2-1 home win. With Newcastle seeing two players sent off, Lichaj was mainly involved in the attack for Forest, as he had two shots and passed at an 83 percent clip while winning a pair of aerials. He also finished with a team-high 75 touches of the ball, although he wasn’t able to play a part in breaking down Newcastle as the hosts needed a late own goal from former Forest man Jamaal Lascelles to get the win.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich wasn’t involved in Reading’s U-23 squad or their senior team this weekend.
Danny Williams (Reading)
As previously mentioned, Reading lost 5-0 after going down to 10 men. Williams was the player who
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Spector was again absent from Birmingham’s side as he serves a red card suspension of his own. The Blues lost 3-0 to visiting Barnsley.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
In the aforementioned bizarre 2-1 defeat to Forest, Yedlin was Newcastle’s best outfield player, only being outshined by keeper Karl Darlow and his two penalty saves. Yedlin completed 87 percent of his passes, had five successful dribbles, and made three tackles while also clearing a shot of the line and picking up a late yellow card. He also had five clearances and finished with 78 touches in the match, but his heroics weren’t enough to prevent a narrow loss.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi was in the Chesterfield squad for a 5-0 defeat in the FA Cup to Wycombe. The Spireites finished with 10 men as they went out of the competition.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Scunthorpe was eliminated from the FA Cup in the last round, so Holmes was inactive this week.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd wasn’t involved for Leipzig as they remained atop the Bundesliga table with a 2-1 win over Schalke.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Although his side didn’t keep a clean sheet, Brooks was instrumental in Hertha earning three points with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Wolfsburg. The center back was superb in the contest, with one shot, five aerial wins, two tackles, a 92 percent passing accuracy rate, three clearances, three interceptions, and a game-high 121 touches of the ball. All in all, it was an outstanding day for the 23-year-old, who helped his side open up a two-point gap in third place in the league.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler’s quality run of form slowed a bit this week in a 1-1 draw with Augsburg. Per usual, the winger logged a full 90 minutes, but he did little of note and only passed at a barely average 76 percent clip. For what it's worth, Chandler was not nearly his club’s weak link, however, as the whole midfield struggled in the draw which dropped Eintracht to fifth in the table.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
It has been reported that Green will miss about a month as he recovers from muscle injuries. With the reserve team off for break until May and the first side heading into the winter break at the end of this month, the injury will keep Green out of action until at least late January when the senior side resumes play.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was an unused sub as Bremen beat Ingolstadt 2-1.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was brought on with 12 minutes to play and his side already down 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund in a game that would end with that same score. There has been some chatter that Johnson could be eyeing a move to the MLS, but he is still a regular contributor to the Gladbach squad, so that seems a little unlikely at the moment.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales did not make the 18-man roster in Ingolstadt’s aforementioned loss.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
The return of Marco Reus, who had three assists in the win over Gladbach, has cut into Pulisic’s playing time a bit. He was subbed in for Reus with just over 10 minutes to play with the game already in the bag, although in his short time on the pitch, the youngster managed a very impressive four dribbles and didn’t misplace any passes. Reus may be back, but it doesn’t appear Pulisic is going away.
Again, Stanko did not make his way off the bench as Vaduz lost 3-0 to FC Luzern.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
In his first game back after serving his three-game ban for a red card, Wood was deployed as a 74th minute sub in a 2-0 win over Darmstadt. He didn’t have a noteworthy impact on the fixture, Hamburg’s first league win of the year, but it probably won’t be long until he works his way back into the starting lineup.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Like many others this week, Canouse was deployed with 10 minutes to play and his side down 1-0 (which would be the final score) to Arminia Bielefeld. Canouse was enjoying his time in the starting lineup, but has recently struggled to get starts and minutes, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can earn more time in the coming weeks.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was an unused sub for now-sixth placed Dusseldorf in a goalless draw with Wuerzburger Kickers.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Similarly, Picault also watched a goalless draw from the bench as St. Pauli earned a point against Kaiserslautern.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten scored one of the easiest goals he ever will this weekend in a 3-1 win over Nurnberg. With the game knotted up at zero on 28 minutes, Wooten glided in front of his defender to the back post to tap in a low cross from a teammate. It wasn’t the most skillful effort, but it was an important one nonetheless. Wooten is now fourth on the 2. Bundesliga scoring table with a highly impressive eight goals in 14 appearances, and he has tacked on three assists as well. Sandhausen are in ninth, but are only six points behind a promotion playoff spot.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
A week after making his first-team debut, the 18-year-old Perez was on the bench again for Fiorentina and did not appear in the game as La Viola beat Palermo 2-1. Perez could well get a chance to play in the Europa League on Thursday, as Fiorentina sit atop their group with one game to play and will secure top spot with a point (only a comical scoreline in their away game against Qarabag would see Fiorentina slip out of the knockout rounds).
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu was finally given a chance to perform and did just that in a 7-0 Coupe de France win over Villeneuve Metropole. Siebatcheu logged a 16-minute hat trick which spanned the halves and took Reims’ lead from one to four, effectively ending the fixture. It was never going to be a close contest against the seventh-division side, but for Siebatcheu, who has been struggling for minutes, performing when given the chance is vital.
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)
Johnsen’s quality form continued this week as he logged 180 minutes in a 2-0 win over Rangers and a 2-2 draw with Ross County. Though he wasn’t able to make an impact on the scoresheet against Rangers, Johnsen was a nuisance throughout the match, creating chances for himself and teammates. However, on the weekend, he did make his mark, poking home after a scramble in the box following a free kick to equalize the fixture at one. Johnsen now has three goals in his last three games and is starting to really find form for a good Hearts side.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen played all 180 minutes for Hearts as well this week, and though the holding midfielder had a quieter time than Johnsen, helping his side post a shutout against second-place Rangers in a big midweek fixture is definitely something for the captain to hang his hat on. Hearts sit in third, but are now just two points back of Rangers.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne did not make the roster which lost 2-0 to Ajax.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was an unused sub as Utrecht beat ADO Den Haag 2-0.