Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron did not feature in either of Stoke’s cup matches this week due to injury, a 1-0 League Cup win over Liverpool (though the Potters would go out on penalties) and a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
The keeper took an absolute beating this week as Villa were thrashed out of the FA Cup, losing 4-0 to Manchester City. For how bad the fixture was, Guzan wasn’t directly responsible for any of the tallies, conceding on a pair of scrappy goals, a penalty, and a breakaway after an awful backpass. Now eliminated from the Cup, Villa's sole focus will be trying to find a way to scrape themselves out of the relegation zone, though Guzan seems to be out of those plans, as he as been replaced by Mark Bunn as the Villans' number one keeper choice.
Howard watched from the bench twice this week as his side were eliminated from the League Cup, losing 3-1 to Manchester City, before advancing in the FA Cup by dismantling Carlisle 3-0.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
On Sunday, Miazga made his highly anticipated move final by leaving the New York Red Bulls to sign for champions Chelsea. At 20, he is eligible to play for Chelsea’s academy side, but he could just as easily make his way towards the senior side as he finds his legs in England. Chelsea certainly have nothing to lose at this point, and their defense has been problematic all year. With John Terry confirmed to be departing at the end of the year, they might want to get Miazga some BPL minutes before he's needed in potentially critical moments next year.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Having previously exited the FA Cup, Sunderland were off this week and will return to action in the midweek against Manchester City.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham’s youth squad will face Southampton on Tuesday and will try to get back on track after not having won in their last six contests.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
With the game against Falkirk tied at zero, Zelalem entered in the 77th minute, and had a good opportunity to win the fixture for Rangers with what would have been his first goal for the side, but his shot did not find the back of the net. Fortunately, Billy King headed home in the 91st to give Rangers a 1-0 win.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper was again on the bench, but it might have been for the better this week as MK Dons were clobbered 5-1 by Chelsea in FA Cup.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman seems to be settling into his role as a late-game sub for Fulham, this week coming on in the 76th minute of a 1-0 loss to Hull. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make an impact on the fixture and potentially help his side snag a point.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was moved to center back for the match against Hull and held down the fort pretty well despite the losing effort. It's yet to be determined whether it will be a permanent move to the heart of the defense, but for what it's worth Ream, passed at a 92 percent clip, and if he can keep doing that it might be worth it for Fulham to keep a good handler of the ball in that position.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
As always, Lichaj played full minutes for Forest, logging 180 minutes during the week. He played well in the midweek, winning three tackles in a 0-0 draw with QPR, and followed that up with a decent FA Cup performance in a 1-0 loss to Watford in which he picked up a yellow card. His team didn’t get the results they had hoped for, but for a defender, allowing one goal in two fixtures, one of which was against a team in the BPL, is pretty solid.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Another new addition to our list, Holmes, a 21-year-old midfielder from Georgia, stayed on the bench throughout Huddersfield’s 3-2 loss to Cardiff on the weekend, but he’s been an important piece of new coach David Wagner’s side since the former American international took over at Huddersfield. Holmes has started twice thus far, both times in December, and he opened his senior account with a deflected tally in a 5-0 win over Charlton in January. He’ll likely see more time moving forward with Huddersfield having pulled away from the drop zone in recent weeks.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich started and tallied for Reading’s U-21 side in a 3-2 win over QPR. With his side down a goal just before halftime, the striker made his way onto the end of a corner and equalized with his head. It's good to see the youngster score, especially important goals, and he'll hope he can crack the main side later this season.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams’ hot streak continued as he was heavily involved in Reading's second goal and scored their third in a 4-0 FA Cup win over Walsall. He niftily operated in a tight space before playing in his winger, whose cross was turned in to double the Royals' lead late in the first half. Then, with 15 minutes to play, Williams was gifted an opportunity when two Walsall defenders collided and gave him the ball. He was at the halfway line, but Williams used his pace to streak all the way to the opposing box unchallenged before slipping the ball between the keepe'rs legs to ice the contest.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
While his future finally appears to be settled with the big center back signing an extension that will keep him at Hertha Berlin through 2019, Brooks struggled massively in Hertha’s most recent fixture, a pulsating 3-3 draw with Werder Bremen. The 23-year-old was only responsible for one of his side’s goals conceded, but it was arguably
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler once again failed to see the field, as he remained on the bench throughout a scoreless draw with Augsburg. The right back has played just 45 minutes of Bundesliga action since November and has made just one start this season. It’s been tough sledding for Chandler, and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Bayern’s reserves don’t play again until February 21, and Green was not in the senior side for a 2-0 win over Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson remains on the sidelines with a hip injury picked up in September, and although he seems closer to returning to the fold, there’s still no real timetable for the striker to get back on the field.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Deployed in an unfamiliar role in the center of the Monchengladbach attacking midfield band of four, Johnson failed to have his usual impact as the Foals lost 1-0 at Mainz on Friday. Johnson had one shot on target and a pair of tackles, but was also dispossessed twice as Gladbach lost its second consecutive game and dropped to sixth.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter missed Stuttgart II’s return from winter break, as he was on duty with the U.S. Men’s National Team for its January camp. In his first appearance for the USMNT, Kiesewetter was lively as a substitute in a 3-2 win over Iceland, continuously causing problems down the wing. He’ll hope for more time on the pitch in this week’s meeting with Canada.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
A week after struggling against Mainz, Morales was better, but not great, in a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. He had two shots, one on target and one off, as well as two tackles, and picked up a yellow card in the 75th minute. Dortmund opened the scoring moments later and added another late on to secure the victory.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
A 17-year-old midfielder from Pennsylvania, Pulisic has been on the bench for both of Dortmund’s 2016 Bundesliga contests, and he made his league debut in the win over Ingolstadt after coming off the bench in the 68th minute. The youngster wasn’t directly involved in either goal (although he did take a defender away from Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang with a good run on the second), but he had his moments and will look to build on them going forward.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
On winter break until February 7.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
On winter break until February 5.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
On winter break until February 5.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya’s short goal-scoring streak came to an end, but his Nantes side found a way to win nonetheless, beating Troyes 1-0. The attacking midfielder had a busy day, with two shots, two tackles, two corners, and an 86 percent pass completion percentage. Nantes now sit in ninth place and will hope to continue their charge up the table in two important fixtures this week.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath will return to action for Molde in February when the Europa League continues. The Norwegian side will face Sevilla in the Round of 32.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
A 20-year-old South Carolina-born fullback, Payne — who represented the United States at the U-20 World Cup this past summer — has been a key part of Groningen’s side in the second half of the season so far. He was on the bench for Groningen’s midweek draw with Willem II before starting at left back and going 90 minutes in a 3-1 win at PEC Zwolle over the weekend, and Payne will likely continue to receive game time in the coming weeks.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Still on the comeback trail after a foot injury, Rubin was absent from Utrecht’s 3-1 defeat to FC Twente.