Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron remains sidelined with an ankle injury, but his Stoke side returned to form after losing three straight by defeating Bournemouth 3-1.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan rode the pine again this week, but it might have been for the better as Villa were thrashed in a 6-0 loss to Liverpool.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard watched from the bench as Everton lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
Though he didn’t play in Chelsea’s 5-1 whooping of Newcastle, Miazga continued his run up the depth chart as John Terry was injured against the Magpies and after Kurt Zouma’s likely season-ending injury last week. Miazga has replaced Terry on the Champions
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin was fantastic over the weekend as the Black Cats secured a massive three points against Manchester United. Though he picked up a yellow card in the first half, the right back did not let that faze him and continued to perform throughout the fixture by completing three dribbles and winning six tackles and one aerial. Though he his on loan and it's unlikely that he will continue to play for Sunderland next year, Yedlin is a cog in a team trying to claw its way out of the relegation zone, and right now things are looking up. The experience he is gaining is invaluable, and though he might not end up on a Spurs side which has depth at outside back, he could find himself at another English club that has more quality than the Black Cats.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers started and played a full shift in Spurs’ U-21 side’s only fixture of the month, a 1-1 draw with Southampton. Though he didn’t make a major impact, it is the first time in five games that the squad was able to hold its opposition under two goals, which is critical for a center back.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem was an unused sub in Rangers 1-1 draw with Alloa Athletic.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Though MK Dons played twice last week, in a 1-1 draw with Boro and a 1-0 win over Derby, Cropper was on the bench for both.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman entered the game in the 84th minute with his side up three in Fulham’s 3-1 win over QPR. Though he was only on the pitch for a short time, Hyndman continues to receive playing time with the senior side.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Conversely, Ream was not selected in the 18-man roster during the win, as Fulham seem to have shifted to a five-at-the-back approach to help bolster their leaky defense.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
It was a rough day for Lichaj and Forest, as the normally stingy backline was not up to par in a 2-0 loss to Huddersfield. Though he played for 90 minutes, Lichaj had relatively no impact, winning one aerial and one tackle.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Though Holmes’ side defeated Lichaj’s, he was not in the 18-man roster for the fixture.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was an active figure in Reading’s U-21s’ 1-0 loss to their counterparts from Manchester United. For a forward, goals are the best mark of success, but despite failing to score, Novakovich was heavily involved in a quality attack and came close on a couple of occasions, including a denial by the woodwork.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was sidelined due with a hamstring injury this weekend, but it looks to be a short-term issue, and the center midfielder, who has been one of the Royals’ most consistent players all year, should return to the lineup when fully healthy. Reading drew Burnley 0-0.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Hertha’s six-game Bundesliga unbeaten run came to end in a 2-0 road loss to Stuttgart on Saturday, with Brooks heavily involved for the visitors. He nearly drew the capital club level early in the second half, slamming a bouncing ball off the post from an acute angle, but was ultimately among the culpable on Filip Kostic’s late clincher, giving Lukas Rupp too much time on the ball before he crossed it into the area. Brooks also picked up a yellow card and made three tackles in the contest, with Berlin dropping a spot to
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Once again, Chandler was not in the 18-man squad for Eintracht on Saturday. They lost 3-1 at Cologne and now sit dangerously just a point above the relegation zone.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green was unsurprisingly not involved in Bayern’s 3-1 victory over Augsburg, and he likely won’t see time for the senior side in the near future. The reserves return to play this coming weekend following their winter break.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
He’s back in training for Werder, but Johannsson has still not returned to the field following his hip injury that’s kept him out since late September.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson found the back of the net for the first time in 2016 on Sunday, tapping home a cross at the back post to open the scoring against Hamburg. However, Gladbach struggled to create much else from there, conceding three times before pulling a consolation back late in an eventual 3-2 loss that dropped them to seventh, out of a European position.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter went 80 minutes for Stuttgart’s reserves in a 2-1 loss to Rot-Weiss Erfurt. Stuttgart’s goal came after he had been subbed off, however, and the side currently props up the 3. Liga table.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
After entering in the 81st minute of a 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg, Morales had one opportunity for Ingolstadt, directing a header off target. Ingolstadt’s loss has them in 12th, six points above the relegation zone, but they’ll need to get a few more wins to secure a second consecutive top-flight season.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic’s introduction to the Bundesliga continued this weekend, with the 17-year-old coming on in the 64th minute of a 1-0 win over Hannover. Although he wasn’t on the pitch for all that long, Pulisic was influential in Dortmund holding on for the three points, making a game-high five tackles and passing at a 77 percent clip. With more performances like this, he could make a first-ever start for Dortmund’s senior side sooner rather than later.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains on the sidelines, although by all accounts his recovery from a serious knee injury is going fairly well. RB Leipzig remain atop the 2. Bundesliga table despite suffering a 1-0 loss to St. Pauli this past week.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
After a breakout 2015, Wood’s 2016 has started exactly where last year left off. The 23-year-old scored for the second straight game to start the year on Sunday, finishing off a breakaway with a goal that give Union a 2-0 lead over Wood’s former club, 1860 Munich. They went on to win 3-0 with help from the Hawaiian striker, who now has nine goals on the campaign, although Union, currently in 12th, is unlikely to earn promotion.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten came off after 66 minutes with his Sandhausen side down 1-0 to Heidenheim. They equalized in the 84th minute to earn a vital point and stay within seven points of the promotion playoff spot.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Nantes are unbeaten in 12 consecutive league games following a 2-1 win over Lorient, and Bedoya has been a major part of that run. Again deployed as a center attacking midfielder rather than a winger, the New Jersey native helped Adryan start the scoring for Nantes, providing a perfect cutback for the young Brazilian to slam home in the 10th minute. That was after Bedoya scored the winner for Nantes in a 4-3 thriller against Bordeaux in the Coupe de France during the midweek with the second header off a corner. The 28-year-old now has four goals and two
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath will return to action for Molde when the Europa League continues on Thursday. The Norwegian side will face Sevilla in the Round of 32, with the first leg taking place in Spain.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne went the first 77 minutes for Groningen in a 2-1 loss to second-place Ajax. It wasn’t one of the fullback’s best games, as he was carded and earned a 6.4 whoscored.com match rating, his lowest of 2016, but the 20-year-old has now played in five straight games for Groningen and seems to be picking up steam.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin remains out with a foot injury, and it looks as though he will continue to watch from the sidelines for the foreseeable future, with a Utrecht official saying the club isn’t expecting the youngster back until mid-March.