Tim Ream (Fulham)
Fulham were eliminated from the FA Cup previously and thus were not in action this week.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Likewise, Huddersfield did not play this week after being knocked out of the FA Cup in the Third Round.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin, too, was inactive, with Newcastle being dumped from the cup in the Fourth Round. The right back did, however, impress during a friendly match against CSKA Moscow in Spain during the short break.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Swansea, however, did participate in the FA Cup action this weekend, and they’ll do so again in the quarterfinals after an impressive 4-1 win over Brentford. Carter-Vickers went the full 90 minutes at center back and put forth a good performance. He was caught in a two-on-one situation which he couldn’t quite recover from to block what ended up being Brentford’s only goal, but he was otherwise excellent, tallying game-highs with seven clearances and four interceptions while connecting on 93 percent of his passes. He also started and went the distance in a midweek 2-1 league loss to high-flying Leeds, racking up five clearances in that one. Neither goal Swansea conceded at Elland Road was his fault.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga’s week was a mixed bag as Reading snared a huge 2-1 Championship win over Blackburn before taking a 4-0 walloping from Sheffield United on the weekend. In the former, he was solid, not playing a part in Blackburn’s goal while recording six clearances and two interceptions. However, against Sheffield, Miazga had a day to forget as he was sucked out of position on the opening goal in the first minute, didn’t attempt to clear on the cross that led to the third, and had the fourth take a massive deflection off his foot that left the keeper no chance. It’s one he’ll certainly want to forget quickly, and with Reading hovering just outside the relegation zone ahead of a matchup against the team just below them (Rotherham) next weekend, he’ll need to do so.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson remains close to returning as he played 60 minutes in a friendly match against Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG, but he wasn’t in the squad for the league match previously, which ended in a scoreless draw against Stoke.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
After playing as a late substitute last weekend, Adams was back in the XI for Leipzig’s trip to Stuttgart, and he again more than justified his selection, producing his first Bundesliga assist in a 3-1 win. With RB up 2-1 midway through the second half, the midfielder went on a run through his own half before delivering an outstanding no-look through ball that Yussuf Poulsen took in stride, with the Danish international beating Ron-Robert Zieler to give Leipzig some breathing room. Adams also completed four dribbles and four tackles in another all-around action-packed display. In a week where he turned 20, the youngster showed once again why he’s so highly regarded.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks was back to his stalwart self in Wolfsburg’s 3-0 win over Mainz. The center back recorded seven clearances and four tackles and was overall excellent in defense as Wolfsburg kept a clean sheet for the second time in three league games. Despite some inconsistency, the 26-year-old continues to show that he’s the USMNT’s best center back at the moment.
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for fifth-place Frankfurt.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson did not feature for Werder this week as he remains sidelined due to injury. He’s in training but is reportedly at least a month from being healthy enough to play in games.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent was a 75th-minute substitute for Bremen, coming on with Werder down 1-0 to Hertha Berlin. He missed the net with his only shot attempt, but the striker played a huge role in the equalizing goal deep in stoppage time nonetheless, winning the free kick which Claudio Pizarro buried to earn Bremen a last-gasp point.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson earned a rare start at right back and went 90 minutes as Monchengladbach drew 1-1 with Frankfurt. The 31-year-old did little of note to fill out the stat sheet, recording one tackle and losing possession twice, though he did block one shot that looked ticketed for the net. He wasn’t involved in either of the game’s goals.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Once again, McKennie showed off his versatility, going 90 minutes as a right back in Schalke’s scoreless draw with Freiburg. The Royal Blues played the entire second half with 10 men, so it’s certainly a positive that McKennie helped his shorthanded side keep a clean sheet. The 20-year-old tallied six clearances interceptions, five aerial wins, three interceptions, and three tackles, passing at an 88 percent clip with one key pass. No matter where he’s used, McKennie continues to impress. Next up: Manchester City in the Champions League.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright continues to reside outside of the Schalke senior side. He did feature for the reserves, but according to this German article, he was far from impressive.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales took up his normal spot in the center of the pitch for Dusseldorf, who were suffocated by Bayern Leverkusen in a 2-0 loss. Dusseldorf saw just 15 percent possession, and Morales completed less than two-thirds of his (very) limited pass attempts; he also won a couple of aerials.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic started and logged 88 minutes in a 3-0 Champions League loss to Tottenham, in which he tore a thigh muscle fiber late in the game. He missed Monday’s very disappointing draw with last-place Nuernberg. The good news is that the injury doesn’t appear to be very serious, and though the winger is doubtful for this weekend, it looks like he won’t miss too much more time.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman did not feature in the draw with Dortmund.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood subbed on with just over 20 minutes to play and his side in a 2-0 hole in an eventual 3-0 loss to Hoffenheim. The forward did little of note in his limited minutes on the field.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green went the distance in a 2-2 draw against Holstein Kiel and scored from the penalty spot along the way. Green broke the goalless draw when he stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, cooly slotting into the bottom corner. He did little else of note, however, and was dispossessed five times. Fuerth conceded in the 94th minute and had to settle for a single point.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
After picking up a thigh injury last week, the news worsened as it was reported that Siebatcheu will be out eight to 10 weeks. As always, we will keep you informed as more news comes out.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich went the distance for Sittard, but it wasn’t a good day for his side, which was bulldozered 6-0 by Heracles. One bright note for the forward is he led the game with six aerials won. It’s a tiny victory on an otherwise miserable day at the office.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown did make his way into the lineup as one of three centre backs, but despite playing a very defensive formation, Breda were smacked almost as hard as Novakovich’s Sittard, losing 5-0 to Ajax. On top of obviously being carved open all game, Palmer-Brown was credited with an own goal on Ajax’s final tally when a hard shot deflected off the defender and into a net that was vacated by his diving keeper. The shot wasn’t on target –– hence the own goal –– but Palmer-Brown was doing his best to block, it so it wasn’t a total gaffe. Still, it was not a good game for the defender, to say the least.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah appeared twice this week for Celtic, coming off the bench in both a 2-0 Europa League loss to Valencia and a 1-0 league win over Kilmarnock. The winger did little of note in during either match, but he did receive a yellow after the final whistle against Kilmarnock after getting into a shouting match with a few opposition players at the end of the spirited contest, which Scott Brown won for his side in the dying moments. Highlights of the incident and his limited involvement in the match can be seen here.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman remains on the outside of the Bournemouth squad. The Cherries were inactive this week.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott too is firmly outside of the Chelsea rotation.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron is very close to game ready but didn’t return to action in QPR’s 2-1 loss to Bristol City or their 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Watford.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj went 90 minutes again at right back as Hull drew Rotherham 2-2.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes had a trying week as he started and was subbed off in both a 1-1 draw with Ipswich and a 2-1 FA Cup loss to Brighton. His best moment of the two games was a goal line clearance against lowly Ipswich, and he was dragged off at halftime in the cup loss.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch was subbed off in a pair of Sunderland draws this week, playing 52 minutes in a 1-1 tie with Blackpool and 77 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Accrington.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi went 64 minutes as Motherwell earned another 2-1 victory, triumphing over Hearts courtesy of a stoppage-time winner.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George was a 78th-minute substitute but did little of note as Regensburg played out a scoreless draw with Dynamo Dresden.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson was again not part of the Sandhausen set up this week.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten was withdrawn after 67 quiet minutes in a 1-1 draw with Darmstadt.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau logged 82 minutes for Duisburg in a 3-2 loss to Union Berlin.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford remains outside of the St. Pauli squad.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
The severity of Shelton’s knee injury is unclear, but he’s likely going to miss another month or two.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore did not appear for any Levante team this week.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Brugge won 2-1 in the Europa League against RB Salzburg, but the one will haunt Horvath, who badly slipped and allowed the opposition to easily chip him from distance. However, the keeper would go onto make a few very nice saves later in the first half and hold Salzburg at bay while his team completed the comeback. He then started again in a 3-1 league win over leaders Genk, which pulled second-place Brugge closer to the top.
Hines-Ike was an unused sub this week in a 2-1 loss to Sporting Charleroi.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief did not make the squad for Anderlecht this week.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League -> FC Cincinnati, MLS)
Manneh will be departing our list after it was confirmed he signed for FC Cincinnati this week, joining MLS’s newest franchise.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne is close to returning from injury, making the bench for Excelsior this week for the first time in a year.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall and Malmo returned to action this week in the Europa League, with the 24-year-old subbing on with eight minutes to play in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea. He did little of note in that cameo, but he did net on the weekend in Svenska Cupen play, scoring a long range belter in the final minutes to boost his side to a 3-2 win over Degerfors. The goal can be seen in this video starting at 4:52. It’s a great way for Gall to reintroduce himself with the Swedish footballing calendar just about to get going.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went the distance for Dundee in yet another win for the side, a 1-0 victory over Queen of the South.
The biggest news this week for those on our list below is that Folarin Balogun signed his first professional contract with Arsenal this week. The 17-year-old is still a long way from a first-team debut, but it’s a step nonetheless. Elsewhere, the oft-injured Nick Taitague is sidelined again for an undetermined amount of time. It was a quiet week otherwise for those on our list, with a few featuring as substitutes for their senior sides but nothing really of particular note.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Nebiyou Perry (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)