Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After a major setback scrapped what was initially supposed to be a short injury spell, Cameron finally returned to training with Stoke last week and looks to be close to a return for the club. The defender should be able to make an appearance in the next couple of weeks if all continues to progress well.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers did not make the Spurs 18-man roster which lost to Liverpool, but he should be able to get some run this week with a Europa League game against Genk and an FA Cup tie with Fulham in the next seven days.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch did not make the Sunderland squad which was hammered 4-0 by Southampton, and the U-23 side was off this week but will return to action on Wednesday in a PL International Cup match against Athletic Bilbao.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan was an unused sub in Boro’s goalless draw with Everton.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde was not in the United roster which beat Watford 2-0, and the reserves did not have a fixture this week.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi was not in the roster for Forest’s senior or youth sides this week. He might not want to have been because...
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
It was a weekend to forget for Forest and Lichaj as the right back was sent off while Forest took a 5-1 beating at the hands of Norwich City. To be fair, none of the three first-half goals that put the game away were the right back’s, fault with two coming by way of sensational strikes. However, he lost his cool for the second time on 70 minutes and clipped an attacker at the edge of the area to see a second yellow, which led to referee Scott Duncan sending him to an early shower. Lichaj will miss Forest’s midweek contest against Fulham.
Ream also had a day to forget, but he was bailed out by his teammates in a late 3-2 comeback win over Wigan. Ream and the rest of his backline struggled with the Wigan attack, and the center back was almost caught in possession in his own box, which could have been a terrible error had the Wigan attacker finished the effort. However, a 93rd-minute winner saved Fulham and kept them in the hunt for a spot in the promotion playoff.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre did not make Fulham’s U-23 squad which won 2-0 over MK Dons in the Premier League Cup.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin didn’t have the offensive spark that he has shown for Newcastle this season, but he still did his job well in a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton. The right back didn’t fill the stat sheet, but he did win an impressive six aerials and filled his primary responsibility of keeping the attackers at bay. Most importantly, Newcastle remain seven points clear of third place and look to be well on track to jumping right back to the Premier League.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes went the distance for Scunthorpe in a very disappointing 1-0 loss to 17th-place Shrewsbury Town. Holmes didn’t have much of an impact in any facet of the game but did set up one good opportunity. Scunthorpe now sit just four points clear of third-place
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd made a huge impact for Darmstadt, scoring their opener in a shock 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund. With Dortmund potentially looking past the last-place outfit and playing a changed side, Boyd struck for his first-ever Bundesliga goal, turning home a cut-back cross in the 21st minute. The Darmstadt newcomer was removed in the 58th minute, but his replacement broke the 1-1 deadlock and gave the cellar-dwellers a massive three points. Suddenly, Darmstadt look like they just might be able to escape the bottom.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks played twice for Hertha this week, first in a 1-1 DfB-Pokal battle with Dortmund which Hetha lost on penalties and then in a 2-0 Bundesliga loss to Schalke. The center back did well in the cup, holding a solid Dortmund attack quiet, but on the weekend, he only won three tackles and one aerial en route to a poor 6.2 match rating on whoscored.com. Brooks needs to regroup, and fast, as Hertha are hanging onto a European place by a limb but also sit just two points out of third place.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler had a solid showing for Frankfurt in a 2-1 DfB-Pokal win over Hannover 96 and also was one of the only bright spots in Frankfurt’s 3-0 league loss to Bayer Leverkusen. In the cup, Chandler provided the game-tying assist when his parabolic cross was met at the back post by Taleb Tawatha, whose close-range header knotted the score at one before another tally six minutes later sent Frankfurt through. On the weekend, the Eagles couldn’t get anything going in attack, but Chandler still did a little of everything,
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
With his team down 1-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach, Johannsson was deployed as an 80th-minute substitute, but he was unable to have the major impact on the game his manager would have wanted as the contest ended by the same scoreline after the striker missed the target with his two chances at goal. Johannsson will most likely remain a high-ranking substitute for the remainder of the season as Werder try and climb up from 16th and an unwanted place in the relegation playoff.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson played in a pair of Gladbach wins this week, 2-0 over Greuther Fuerth in the cup and the aforementioned win over Johannsson’s Bremen side. In the cup, Johnson provided an assist on a through ball for Oscar Wendt’s opener against the 2. Bundesliga side. The winger was then subbed off with 20 minutes to play. Against Bremen, despite logging a full shift, Johnson did little of note besides win one tackle and two aerials.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Relegation-strugglers Ingolstadt put forth a dogged display against Bayern Munich before ultimately falling 2-0 in heartbreaking fashion, with the champions hitting in the 90th and 91st minutes to get the win. Morales went the distance for Ingolstadt but couldn’t make much of an impact, finishing with a 6.4 whoscored.com rating, lowest of any outfield player who started the game. He did win four aerials and two tackles, but he also should have done better in challenging Bayern players during the buildup to both goals.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic had a busy week, coming on at halftime in Dortmund’s DfB-Pokal triumph over Hertha and playing the distance in their loss to Darmstadt. In the former, Pulisic made a major contribution, entering the fray for the second half and assisting Marco Reus’s equalizer two minutes later with a simple layoff. He would go on to have a penalty saved in the shootout that decided the game, but it didn’t end up mattering as three of his teammates converted to lift Dortmund, and Pulisic was reportedly one of the most dangerous players on the pitch after his introduction. Against Darmstadt, Pulisic had a very different afternoon, lining up on the right side of a four-man midfield in front of a back three. The 18-year-old had some nice moments in the game, finishing with five successful dribbles, two tackles, and one shot off target, but he was also caught too far upfield on Boyd’s opener for the strugglers. Despite the defeat, Pulisic continues to be an option for manager Thomas Tuchel, and he’s proving his usefulness and versatility for Dortmund.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Like Pulisic, Wood was hard at work this week in what proved to be a vital and joyful pair of games for struggling Hamburg. In the midweek, the 24-year-old scored a brilliant striker’s goal, picking up the ball in his own half and playing a nifty one-two with teammate Gideon Jung beforeholding off a defender and beating the Koln keeper. The tally gave Hamburg some breathing room and the 2-0 lead they would retain to advance to the last eight of the DfB-Pokal. Then, on Saturday, Wood wasn’t involved on the scoresheet, but he was an active attacking participant as Hamburg put forth a phenomenal team performance in a 3-0 away win over second-place RB Leipzig. Wood only had one shot in the game, but it forced a save from Leipzig’s keeper, and he completed two dribbles while winning six aerials. More important than his individual day, Wood’s side got a much-
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was once again an unused substitute as Bochum lost 2-1 to Hannover on Monday.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green started brightly but faded before being withdrawn just before the hour mark with Stuttgart ahead of Sandhausen 1-0 in a game they won 2-1. In his 58 minutes on the pitch, Green had three shots, one of which forced a good save from Sandhausen’s keeper at his near post, while also winning three tackles and two interceptions and completing a spectacular 95 percent of his pass attempts. The winger has had a solid beginning to his Stuttgart career, participating in three consecutive wins as the club has moved three points clear atop the 2. Bundesliga table.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
After coming on for his first appearance in three months last week, Kiesewetter was back on the bench and did not get off it this weekend as Dusseldorf drew 1-1 with Kaiserslautern.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Once again, Wooten found the back of the net this week, although it was mere consolation in a poor a week for Sandhausen. With his side down 3-0 in the second half of its DfB-Pokal clash with Schalke, Wooten buried a simple header after a teammate headed a free kick back across goal, but it didn’t spark a rally as Sandhausen lost 4-1. Then, in the aforementioned defeat to Stuttgart, Wooten didn’t get much service and couldn’t make an impact when he did have the ball, finishing with no shots and the fewest touches of any Sandhausen outfield starter as the side dropped to seventh in the table.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath again was on the bench as Club Brugge dropped into second place on goal difference with a 1-0 loss to bottom-half side Lokeren.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman was heavily involved once more for Rangers, who overturned a 1-0 deficit to beat Greenock Morton in a Scottish Cup contest. The midfielder hit the crossbar with a shot just after Rangers equalized the game in the first half, and he played a part in the 61st-minute winner for Rangers, as his shot was parried into the path of Martyn Waghorn to tap in from close range. Hyndman would come off in the 80th minute, but the damage was done as Gers advanced to the quarterfinals of the Cup.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Hearts rotated the squad for their Cup match against Hibernian, which meant Johnsen started on the bench. He did come in at halftime with the sides locked in a scoreless battle and force one good save from the Hibs keeper, but it wasn’t enough as the game petered out and finished 0-0 to set up a replay.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Like Johnsen, Kitchen started on the bench against Hibs, but he did not get into the contest.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga entered late in the first half of Vitesse’s 2-0 defeat to Willem II after starting center back Maikel van der Werff suffered a knee injury. The defender was involved after coming on, completing 91 percent of his passes and winning four aerial duels, but he was also among the guilty parties on each of Willem’s late goals, failing to close down a shooter on their 84th-minute winner and getting beaten over the top of the exclamation point in added time. Still, with van der Werff now expected to miss several weeks, Miazga could be in line for more action over the coming matches.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Against league-leading Feyenoord, Payne was given a start and went 90 minutes, but Groningen couldn’t pull off a shock, falling 2-0 at De Kuip. After seeing a 20th-minute yellow card, the right back had a decent showing, making four tackles and winning one aerial. Neither goal came down his side of the field, either, so it’s certainly a showing to build off for the 21-year-old against the Eredivisie’s best side.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez didn’t make either of Fiorentina’s squads this week for a 4-0 loss to Roma and a 3-0 win over Udinese.
Rubio Rubin (Silkeborg IF, Danish Superliga)
Rubin’s move to Silkeborg should mean a bit more playing time for the young striker, but it also means he’ll be leaving our list for the time being. We’ll keep an eye on his progress, but don’t expect to see him back on this list in the near future.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
After scoring in his first start for Châteauroux, Siebatcheu did even better in his second, hitting the net three times for a hattrick in a 5-0 win over CA Bastia. The striker twice found the target with headers from corners before getting in behind the defense and beating an onrushing keeper early in the second half for his third and his side’s fifth (you can see all of the goals here). Siebatcheu’s loan spell has certainly gotten off to a flying start, and he’ll hope to continue that for sixth-place Châteauroux, who are three points off the top of the league.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
With his side locked in a 2-2 game against Sion, Stanko came off the bench to provide a bit of strength to the Vaduz midfield in the 67th minute. Unfortunately for Swiss Super League’s cellar-dwellers, the move backfired as a man brought on at the same time as Stanko, Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, scored twice for Sion to lift them to a 4-2 win. Stanko’s Vaduz side remains two points off its nearest competitors at the bottom of the table.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
In his second substitute appearance for Eerste Divisie leaders VVV Venlo, Zelalem came off the bench in the 65th minute with his side up 6-0 on mid-table Helmond Sport and finished off the rout with the team’s seventh goal of the game in the 87th minute. He followed up a cross into the box and buried a shot into the corner of the net to put the cherry on top of the blowout. Additionally, there were reports this week that Borussia Monchengladbach will make a move for Zelalem in the summer, but that’s just a rumor and there’s plenty of time for other suitors to show themselves before the summer transfer window opens.