Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
With Stoke already out of the FA Cup and not competing in Europe, Cameron didn’t get a chance this past week to make his return from a long-term knee injury. However, it looks especially likely that the versatile veteran will be fit to play this weekend against Tottenham, although whether or not he starts remains to be seen.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers did not appear in Spurs’ 18-man roster that lost to Gent in the Europa League, although he was on the bench for the FA Cup win over Fulham on Sunday. The center back could be in line for an appearance against Gent in the second leg this week, although it’s very much up in the air.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Sunderland’s senior side was inactive this week, and Gooch did not appear in either of the U-23 team’s fixtures against Spurs and Athletic Bilbao.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
With Middlesbrough facing Oxford United in an FA Cup Round of 16 clash, Guzan earned a spot in the Boro starting squad and helped his side to a 3-2 win. It wasn’t Guzan’s best performance, as he was uneasy with the ball at his feet and was at least somewhat responsible for both of Oxford’s goals. The first came when the goalkeeper lined up incorrectly ahead of an Oxford free-kick goal, and the second came a minute later when Guzan could only parry a shot right into the path of another Oxford player. Nonetheless, Guzan made three stops in the game and may get another chance after Boro scored a late winner to advance to the quarterfinals.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde started and played the first half Sunday in United’s reserve team’s 2-0 defeat to Reading. His side conceded once in the first half, from a header following a free kick, but the fullback was still hauled off at halftime after a moment during which he
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Despite not playing for Forest’s senior side this week, Ariyibi played 90 minutes for the U-23 team Monday and made a major impact, scoring the side’s second goal in a 4-0 win over Hull City. The winger saw an early shot saved well before curling home from inside the penalty box just short of halftime to double his team’s lead. Ariyibi hasn’t yet appeared for the Nottingham Forest senior squad since arriving in January, but he’s certainly making his presence felt in his new home.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
After serving a red-card suspension in Forest’s midweek loss to Fulham, Lichaj was back in the lineup at right back but couldn’t help his club get back into the win column as Forest lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday. Lichaj made six clearances, won five aerials, and completed two successful dribbles, but he also picked up a yellow card and passed at a paltry 56 percent as Forest lost a third consecutive game. Perhaps more significantly, the fullback — who has been serving as Forest’s captain recently — said this week that he’d be happy to remain with the club and could even play out the rest of his career in Nottingham.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played twice this week for Forest and put in very different performances. First, in the aforementioned 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest, the center back put in an assured display, winning three aerials and three tackles — one of which was a last-ditch denial of a goalscoring chance — while recording six clearances and passing at an 87 percent clip. On the weekend, though, Ream had a much tougher time, making six tackles but failing to stop Spurs striker Harry Kane from recording a hat trick in a 3-0 FA Cup loss. Ream was guilty of giving away possession too easily on Kane’s first goal, lost the Englishman on a cross for the second tally, and got caught out of position on the hat-trick goal. The performance shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering Spurs’ quality, but it was still a disappointing showing anyway for the center back.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre didn’t appear for any of Fulham’s teams this
Danny Williams (Reading)
In a 3-2 midweek win over Brentford, Williams went the distance and scored the goal that made the score 2-2 midway through the second half as the Royals continued their promotion push with a vital victory. In the 77th minute, Williams — playing right wingback in a 3-4-1-2 formation — sprinted into the box to slide and poke a shot home to bring the scores level. Williams filled out the stat sheet on the day, winning three aerials and two tackles and recording four shots total, although his pass accuracy of 68 percent was below par given his success in that regard throughout the season. Reading were inactive on the weekend.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was solid in a 90-minute display for Reading’s U-23 side in a 2-0 win over Manchester United. The striker had a few notable chances saved and also created some opportunities for teammates, and his presence disrupted United’s keeper on Reading’s second goal. The 20-year-old continues to shine for Reading’s youth side, and he’ll hope his solid form gets him an opportunity with the first team in the coming months.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin played 180 minutes this week as Newcastle drew with Norwich and beat Aston Villa. The right back continued to show his quality, first putting in an industrious and active display against the Canaries, making four tackles, finishing with a joint-team-high 91 touches of the ball, and putting six crosses into the box. Then, on Monday, Yedlin had three tackles and attempted another six crosses while again tallying a team-high 91 touches. The 23-year-old remains one of Newcastle’s key performers as the Magpies sit atop the Championship, eight points clear of the promotion playoff spots.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes played the first 70 minutes in a midweek scoreless draw against Walsall before sitting on the bench and not appearing in a 1-1 tie with Sheffield United. The winger couldn’t make a major impact as the Iron’s current four-game winless draw has seen the side drop to just two points ahead of third place and a spot in the promotion playoff.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd struggled for service before getting pulled off after 57 minutes in Darmstadt’s 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim. The striker finished with just 19 touches and failed to register a shot while also getting dispossessed three times and committing three fouls. With the side still sitting seven points away from safety, Boyd will look for more chances over the coming months as Darmstadt look to see their way to safety over the remainder of the campaign.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Once again, Brooks put in a solid display in the center of Hertha’s defense, but the club suffered a devastating blow when Robert Lewandowski scored in the 96th minute to equalize for Bayern in a 1-1 draw. Brooks was imperious in defense for Hertha, recording six clearances, six interceptions, two blocks, and two aerial wins while also seeing a shot blocked and completing 87 percent of his passes. Hertha remained in sixth
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler struggled to get going along with his teammates in a 2-0 loss to Ingolstadt following a first-half red card to center back David Abraham that changed the course of the game. The right back won two tackles and two aerials while tallying three clearances as Eintracht’s European hopes took a hit against a side struggling to stay afloat in the relegation zone.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
In a critical 2-0 win against Mainz, Johannsson was an unused substitute for Werder Bremen, who now sit just a point clear of safety in the Bundesliga battle.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson twice started and was twice subbed around the 80-minute mark for Gladbach, first in a 1-0 Europa League loss to Fiorentina and then in a 2-1 Bundesliga loss to RB Leipzig. The best flash of the week for the struggling winger came when he made a darting run in box against Fiorentina, but his one-timed, under-pressure effort from short range smacked off the post and came back out. Besides that, Johnson was largely invisible across both fixtures, recording a combined three shots, two aerials, one tackle, and zero dribbles in his 160 minutes. He also passed at 72 and 59 percent, respectively, in the pair of disappointing performances. Gladbach isn’t in relegation trouble anymore, but there is definately a funk hanging over the team, and that very much includes Johnson.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales did his job well in a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend that has brought Ingolstadt closer to safety. The center midfielder was a force throughout his 90 minutes, winning six aerials while also keeping his cool in a match that ended 10 on 10. Morales will needs more performances like these if he wants to be playing Bundesliga football with Ingolstadt next year.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was twice used as a late sub this week in a 1-0 Champions League loss to Benfica and a 3-0 league win over Wolfsburg. Against Benfica, the winger only had eight minutes to make his mark with the opponents sitting back and protecting the lead, and while the 18-year-old did record two shots, he couldn’t swing the tie in his side's favor. He also did little of note against the Wolves and was sent on after his team already had a 3-0 lead and the game in the back pocket. Still, any minutes are critical to the youngster’s development.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood sat this week with a hamstring injury that took him out of the lineup after the pregame warmups. The striker injured the muscle during warmup, although he doesn’t appear to be seriously injured. Hamburg’s attack ended up doing fine without Wood, however, in a 2-2 draw with Freiburg.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse continues to be an unused Hoffenheim sub, this time riding the pine in a 2-1 win over Wuerzburger Kickers.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green played a lackluster 62 minutes for Stuttgart in a 2-1 win over FC Heidenheim. The left winger struggled to get involved in the game, barely filling out the stat sheet and limping to a 6.2 rating on whoscored.com, worst of any starter on his team. Still, Stuttgart remain three points clear at the top, and a return to Bundesliga football could be on the cards for Green.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter saw the pitch for Dusseldorf this week, coming on as a sub in a 1-0 loss to Greuther Fuerth. In his 25 minutes on the field, the forward was unable to make a major impact, not recording a single shot, dribble, or aerial win. Life can be hard as a sub, but it doesn’t look like Kiesewetter is going to get minutes any other way for the time being, so he will have to be prepared to embrace his current role within the club.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten and his whole team struggled mightily this weekend in a 3-0 loss to Kaiserslautern. The forward recorded three shots, but that was about it, as he was completely smothered otherwise and passed at just 63 percent while being dispossessed twice. Sitting in seventh, Sandhausen may not have the squad to make a run to third and a spot in the promotion playoff, but they’re still within range.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath continues to ride the bench for Brugge, who beat Westerlo 2-1 this week.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman played 90 minutes for Rangers this week, but couldn’t get anything going in a 2-1 loss to Dundee. The emerging youngster was unable to return to his form of recent weeks as Rangers suffered a defeat that hurts, as they are now only five points above fourth place, which, if they finish there, would see them miss out on European competition.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Despite starting, Johnsen played only 50 minutes for Hearts in a 1-1 draw with Inverness. While he couldn’t make an impact on the scoresheet, Johnsen did hit a Perry Kitchen cross off of the post in what would have been a sweet Yank-to-Yank goal for the Scottish side. Johnsen would have really liked to have had the tally, too, given he hasn’t scored in eight games running now and needs to step up his form.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen also started for Hearts, but his cross to Johnson was only his second-biggest involvement on the day as, 10 minutes after Johnsen was removed, Kitchen provided another cross, this time to Arnaud Djoum, who turned it in to equalize the contest with just over 25 minutes to play. Kitchen was eventually removed in the 77th minute and Hearts, obviously, did not go on to find a winner. Still, an assist and another near-helper is a quality and productive day from the central midfielder.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga was the beneficiary of Maikel van der Werff’s injury suffered last week as he received his first start fro Vitesse since a cup win over a lower-league side in December. The center back didn’t disappoint, either, doing a little bit of everything, which included four tackles, two aerials and even two shots while passing at a decent 74 percent rate. Though his side fell 1-0 to Ajax, Miazga is proving to be a solid backup option, and that will hopefully continue to get him looks when van der Werff returns.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne earned another start for Groningen this week in a 2-2 draw with Sparta Rotterdam. In just his fourth start of the season, Payne was average at best, though he and his entire backline should be given credit for keeping the 2-2 scoreline just that after they went down to 10 men with 40 minutes still on the clock. However, Payne was partially responsible for Sparta’s second tally, as he failed to track his runner back into
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez was not in the lineup for Fiorentina’s aforementioned win over Monchengladbach or for their weekend league loss to AC Milan.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu had another massive week for Chateauroux, scoring an equalizer in a 2-1 victory over Creteil. With his side down a goal in the 62nd minute, the forward poked home after some commotion in the box, but that wasn’t even his best touch of the game. With the game tied, after making a run towards the area Siebatcheu back heeled a through ball directly to on running teammate who clambered their shot of the post. Minutes later however, Razak Boukari did find the winner for Chateauroux. Siebatcheu might have taken a step down with this loan, but he is starting to prove his worth.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not in the Vaduz lineup which drew FC Lugano 1-1.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem was an unused sub for Venlo in a 1-0 win over FC Volendam.