Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
One of a handful of standouts in Stoke’s fantastic 2-0 win over Manchester City, Cameron was moved into the midfield Saturday to great effect. Deployed as a holding player with license to occasionally get forward, Cameron made five interceptions and three tackles, and played a key role in Stoke’s second goal, dishing off to Xherdan Shaqiri after a long run into the attacking half, with the Swiss playing in Marko Arnautovic. He also went 90 minutes in a Capital One Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday in the midweek,
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Although he lost his clean sheet late, Guzan was solid for Villa as they earned a vital point in a draw with Southampton. The 31-year-old could have come to collect the corner that led to Oriol Romeu’s 73rd minute equalizer, but aside from that he was effective, making three saves and five claims on balls in the box. The Villans remain seven points from safety and mired at the bottom of the BPL table, but they — and Guzan — are showing signs of improvement under new manager Remi Garde.
Tim Howard (Everton)
On Monday night, Howard made four saves as Everton drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace. The 36-year-old made a great reaction stop from close range on Connor Wickham in the first half, but was powerless to prevent Palace going ahead on a Scott Dann close-range header in the second. With his recent form under heavy criticism, Howard did nothing to lose his job Monday as the Toffees moved up to ninth in the table.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin had an up-and-down performance for Sunderland in a 3-1 loss at Arsenal. He was his side’s highest-rated player on whoscored.com with a 7.6 rating, but the 22-year-old was also at fault for Arsenal’s opener when he lost track of Joel Campbell’s run, which led to the Costa Rican’s second league goal. Yedlin did put in a team-high four tackles, eight ball recoveries, and a key goal-line clearance with the score at 2-1. The most important thing for the right back this season is gaining experience, and his play should keep him in the lineup for the foreseeable future.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Although Tottenham’s U-21s lost 2-0 to Southampton on Monday, Carter-Vickers played well for Spurs. He wasn’t at fault for either goal against, had an important clearance off the line, and had a good effort on goal saved. With Spurs already in the last 32 of the Europa League, Carter-Vickers could make a first-team debut in Thursday’s tie with Monaco, although that’s by no means a guarantee.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Rangers beat Dumbarton 4-0 in the Scottish Championship last Tuesday, with Zelalem going 62 minutes before coming off. He had an impact too, dishing to Martyn Waghorn for a long-distance goal, the young midfielder’s sixth assist of the season. Rangers lead the Scottish second division by three points at the moment, and Zelalem looks like he will be a key piece of their promotion push - if he sticks around through the second half of the season.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper was once again an unused sub as MK Dons lost 2-0 to Brentford. They are level on points with 22nd place Charlton in the final relegation spot. Cropper could see action when Dons begin their FA Cup in the next round (in early January) with a trip to League Two side Northampton Town.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman made his first league appearance of the season for Fulham, coming on in the 71st minute of a 3-0 loss to Nottingham Forest. Though his time at Craven Cottage seems to be nearing its end, it’s certainly a positive to see Hyndman cracking into the squad, even if only for a short cameo appearance.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Against Forest, Ream went the full 90 minutes, but it was an afternoon he’d like to forget. Ream led his side with five interceptions and seven clearances, but he should have reacted quicker to clear the danger on Forest’s second and could have done better on their third as well. It was a disappointing day for the St. Louis native and his fellow Fulham defenders, who saw their squad drop to 16th with many teams around them winning.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
While Ream may have done better on Forest’s last two goals, there was nothing he could do on the first, and that was in large part due to a spectacular play by Lichaj. The right back got under an air ball after a corner and bicycle-kicked it back into the middle of the box, where center back Matt Mills was waiting to nod it home. Lichaj also went close with a shot of his own and put in six tackles in a standout effort, one of a lengthy list of them through a season in which he’s been one of Forest’s most consistent performers.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was not in the 18-man squad for Reading’s U-21s in a 2-1 loss at Sunderland on Sunday.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Reading’s senior side were the victims of a 90th minute winner Thursday by QPR’s Nedum Onuoha in a 1-0 home defeat, and Williams struggled in a full shift for the hosts. Deployed in the center of Reading’s midfield, Williams converted just 66 percent of his passes and did not record a shot or a tackle in an off night. He’ll hope for better Saturday against Preston.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks stood out for all the right reasons as Hertha’s surprising success continued with a 2-1 win over Leverkusen. In the 60th minute, Brooks rose highest to hammer a corner kick into the back of the Leverkusen net, a similar header to the one he scored against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup. The goal sealed the three points for Hertha, and Brooks was praised by both his coach and his captain after the contest, with manager Pal Dardai calling the young center back “a diamond.”
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Once again, Chandler was not involved for Eintracht, failing even to make the bench for a 1-0 loss to Darmstadt, their third straight defeat. It’s been a frustrating season so far for Chandler, and things don’t seem to be getting much better yet for the right back.
On Wednesday, Green went 90 minutes and scored Bayern II’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with Unterhaching, tapping in a low cross at the back post in the 52nd minute. With Bayern already through to the Champions League knockout round, Green could be in line for his season debut for the senior side Wednesday against Dinamo Zagreb.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson remains out with a hip injury, and will likely be on the sideline until the new year, although he has resumed individual training for Werder. Bremen are just one point out of the relegation playoff spot after a 1-1 draw with Stuttgart over the weekend.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
The hottest American player on the planet stayed hot over the weekend, beating Manuel Neuer for Monchengladbach’s third goal after an excellent run as the Foals handed Bayern their first Bundesliga loss of the season, a 3-1 defeat on Saturday. It was Johnson’s fourth goal in his last three games, and his fourth Bundesliga tally of the season for Gladbach, who are up to third after their disastrous start of the season.
Kiesewetter was not in Stuttgart II’s 18-man squad in a 2-1 loss to Wehen Weisbaden on Friday.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales nearly had his first Bundesliga goal in Ingolstadt’s 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim, but his second-half effort just flew high. The 25-year-old picked up a yellow card in the 50th minute and was withdrawn in the 89th with his side up a goal, but Ingolstadt conceded in the fifth minute of stoppage time to drop two points.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd continues his rehab efforts from a serious knee injury. His RB Leipzig side is level with Freiburg atop the 2. Bundesliga after a 4-2 win over last place Duisburg.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
In a disappointing 3-0 loss to table-toppers Freiburg, Wood was kept quiet in a full shift. His Union side are now in 15th place, just three points above Wood’s former squad, 1860 Munich.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten also went the distance for Sandhausen, who drew Greuther Furth 1-1 on Friday. However, the winger failed to score for the 11th straight game after scoring six goals in the first five games of the season.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
After missing Tuesday’s scoreless draw with Lyon due to a suspension, Bedoya contributed an assist in Nantes’ 1-1 draw with Gazelec Ajaccio over the weekend. His cross was not properly dealt with and got all the way to a wide-open Emiliano Sala to tap home in the 56th minute, but Nantes conceded in the 84th to slip to a draw.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Molde’s Tippeligaen season is over, but they can secure first place in their Europa League group with a point at Ajax on Thursday. They’ve already gained qualification to the knockout round, but Horvath will likely get the call in goal this week anyway.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin is still out after undergoing ankle surgery, and he is expected to remain sidelined at least into January. Utrecht won their second straight game, 1-0 over De Graafschap, to move into a tie for eighth place in the Eredivisie table.