Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Despite a late flurry of interest from other Premier League clubs (including Newcastle and Crystal Palace), Stoke held onto Cameron through the transfer deadline, and the veteran started one of the Potters’ two games last week. After sitting on the bench as an unused sub during Stoke’s scoreless draw with Watford on Wednesday, Cameron was deployed in the center of the midfield in the Potters’ 2-1 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday. He wasn’t involved in any of the goals in the game, but he also wasn’t really a standout performer, as Cameron finished with four tackles (in six attempts), three aerial wins, and two clearances. Stoke remain in the relegation zone, sitting in 18th place, but just three points separate the Potters from 12th-place West Ham.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
The swirling rumors surrounding Hyndman didn’t
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams’ injury still doesn’t look all that serious, but it was problematic enough to keep the midfielder out of Huddersfield’s squad last week. The Terriers lost 3-0 to Liverpool and 2-0 to Manchester United.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was back in Newcastle’s starting lineup and played twice last week, going the distance in 1-1 draws with Burnley and Crystal Palace. The right back struggled in the former after picking up a yellow card, recording six clearances and a tackle while mostly being forced to defend. Against Palace, though, Yedlin was significantly more dangerous going forward (he won the corner that led to Newcastle’s goal and put a few decent crosses into the Palace box), and he was sound in defense with three clearances, three tackles, and a possible goal-saving shot block from close range. Newcastle are a point above the drop zone after those two draws.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months. However, he looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery, and he recently returned to training for the first time since suffering the injury. There’s still no estimate on when he’ll return to game action, but the date seems to be approaching quicker than previously expected.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers started and shined again for Ipswich in a 2-0 away win over Sunderland. The center back was outstanding throughout (albeit against a poor Sunderland side), finishing with seven aerial wins, six clearances, a game-high five interceptions, and two tackles. That performance was enough to garner recognition as a selection in whoscored.com’s Championship Team of the Week. Ipswich have conceded two goals in three league games since CCV’s arrival and sit in 12th place in the table.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre didn’t feature for either Fulham’s senior squad, which beat Nottingham Forest 2-0, or their U-23 side, which lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers in the PL 2.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
In that aforementioned win over Forest, Ream started and played 90 minutes as a center back. He wasn’t overly busy in the contest, but Ream was solid throughout, tallying a game-high nine clearances, winning five aerials, and passing at 90 percent as Fulham kept a clean sheet. It wasn’t his best performance of the season, but the win was important as Fulham came away with three points for the fifth consecutive Championship clash. Only two players have played more minutes than Ream for the fifth-place Cottagers this season.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was on the bench twice for Sunderland’s senior side this week, playing the final six minutes and change of their 3-1 loss to Birmingham before remaining on the sidelines during the aforementioned defeat to Ipswich. He did little of note in his only action of the week. Sunderland have now lost four of five league games and sit in the relegation zone, just a point above the bottom of the table.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
After being left on the bench for Forest’s 3-0 midweek loss to Preston, Lichaj started and played 90 minutes at right back in their league loss to Fulham on Saturday. The defender actually had a solid game, as he wasn’t responsible for either goal scored by the Cottagers and got forward well throughout. He also racked up a game-high five tackles, three clearances, and two interceptions, although the poor results halted Forest’s progress in their bid to get into the top half of the table.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy didn’t play in either of Wednesday’s senior contests, a scoreless draw with Middlesbrough and a 3-1 loss to Birmingham, but he did go 80 minutes for the U-23s in a 2-0 win over local rivals Sheffield United.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Robinson once again sparkled for Bolton this past week, recording an assist on the only goal of their 1-0 win over Bristol City while helping keep a clean sheet at the other end. The assist itself was probably more lucky than anything, as Robinson’s neat backheel flick from the edge of his own penalty area (after a Bristol corner) set Sammy Ameobi on his way to score an incredible counter-attacking solo goal in the 71st minute. Otherwise, Robinson was a busy body down the left side for Bolton, tallying five clearances, three successful dribbles, three aerial wins, and two tackles. Of course, his most significant impact was the assist, Robinson’s third in 20 league games during what’s been a breakout campaign for the 20-year-old.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, on loan to Northampton Town)
Ariyibi was again sent on as a late sub by Northampton, this week entering in the 72nd minute
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes didn’t find the net or record an assist in Scunthorpe’s 3-2 win over Fleetwood, but he was at the center of the action nonetheless. The winger was a constant menace in the first half and played a part in the two biggest moments of the half. First, his long cross was headed back into the path of Josh Morris, who put the Iron ahead in the 25th minute. Then, Holmes’ cross found Ivan Toney, whose header was cleared off the line by a Fleetwood hand, earning Scunthorpe a penalty and Fleetwood defender Ashley Eastham an early shower. The penalty was converted. Holmes also repeatedly threatened the goal on his own accord and could have had a goal, if not more than one, on another day. Regardless, though, it was another excellent showing from the 23-year-old, who is fast becoming one of Scunthorpe’s most important figures.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks did not appear for Wolfsburg — who drew 1-1 with Stuttgart — as he recovers from injury.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
After an amazing last week, Chandler was brought back down to earth when Frankfurt were pounded 3-0 by Augsburg. The left wing-back had just one shot and one dribble on the day and did little else of note.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Slowly but surely, Johannsson is working his way into the Bremen squad, and he came up with a big-time play this week. Johannsson was subbed on early in the second half with his side down 1-0 to Schalke, and after his team equalized, he played a vital role in a stoppage-time winner. The forward played a beautiful chipped ball over the defense (at 40 seconds in this video) before Maximilian Eggestein tapped it past the goalie for Zlatko Junuzovic to finish. The goal came from a piece of inspiration by Johannsson, who was making just his fifth league appearance of the season and the first of those to last more than 10 minutes.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was not in the 18-man roster for Gladbach, who fell 1-0 to RB Leipzig.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
After suffering a partial tear of his MCL on January 21, McKennie has been ruled out for about six weeks. We will keep you informed as more details come in.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic again started and was removed early, this time after 72 minutes, but he did provide a big assist in a 3-2 win over Koln. It wasn’t all good for Pulisic, as in the 60th minute, he was picked off in possession — which has been the biggest knock on him this year — and the giveaway led directly to Koln’s equalizer at 1-1. However, just two minutes later, Pulisic slipped Dortmund’s newest addition, Michy Batshuayi, through on goal with a sliding forward pass to restore the lead. He was removed before Dortmund’s 84th-minute winner. The right winger also won three aerials and had three shots on the day.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was an unused sub for Freiburg, who drew 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood had a relatively quiet game for Hamburg in a 1-1 draw with Hannover. The right forward was part of a two-man front line and had four shots, along with three dribbles and three aerial wins. He also passed at an 80 percent clip. Hamburg need points to get out of the relegation zone, however, and draws are only getting them marginally closer.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd came off the bench for Darmstadt with just over 20 minutes to play in a 1-1 game, but he couldn’t move the needle for his side, which ultimately fell 2-1 to Duisburg. Boyd did little of note during his time on the pitch but did record a shot and an aerial.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was not in the 18-man roster for Darmstadt’s aforementioned loss.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George started and played 82 minutes for Regensburg in a 1-1 draw with Holstein Kiel. The right midfielder didn’t have a particularly active game and did little of note besides record a couple of shots.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson suffered a broken leg in training over Sandhausen’s winter break during a collision with a teammate. He is not expected to play again this season.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten continues to miss out on the Sandhausen squad, which fell 1-0 this week to Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright also missed out on the aforementioned loss.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green started and had a solid game at attacking midfield despite his side being hammered by Ingolstadt 3-0. Despite being deployed as a center attacking mid, Green was able to complete a very impressive 94 percent of his passes from a wide range of places on the field. He also completed four dribbles, won three aerials, and had three tackles on the day while not being dispossessed.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter continues to miss out Dusseldorf squads, the latest being their aforementioned win over Sandhausen.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Unfortunately for Green, despite his aforementioned solid outing against Ingolstadt, he wasn’t even the best American on the field. That’s because the red-hot Morales played a tremendous match for the hosts, which included a goal in the 3-0 win. It’s his second goal in as many games, and this one was a cracker from distance that dipped around and over the goalie. On top of the tally, Morales won six aerials and four tackles, which led to him receiving man-of-the-match honors on whoscored.com with a 9.3 rating.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath didn’t feature in either of Brugge’s contests this week, a 4-1 Cup loss to Standard Liege and a 3-3 league draw with Sporting Charleroi.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga didn’t need long to make his impact felt Friday against Groningen. With just six minutes on the clock, the center back rose highest to nod home
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore didn’t make the Levante 18-man squad that drew 2-2 with Real Madrid.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich went 90 minutes as Telstar fell 3-2 to FC Den Bosch. He wasn’t involved in any of the goals in the game, and Telstar dropped into fifth place in the second division following the defeat.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City -> loaned to KV Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Palmer-Brown’s loan move to Belgian side Kortrijk was confirmed on deadline day, and the defender will now head to Belgium for his first taste of European football. He didn’t appear in their 2-0 win over St. Truiden over the weekend or their cup game Tuesday against Genk.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks played twice for Benfica B last week, going 90 minutes in a 5-0 win over Famalicao before going 88 and scoring in a 3-1 win over his former club, Varzim.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne is still recovering from an abdominal injury that kept him out for the end of 2017. As such, he didn’t make the Excelsior squad that drew 2-2 with Utrecht.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, on loan from Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief didn’t quite pull out the same performance as last week, but the midfielder again went the distance for Anderlecht in a 2-2 draw against Mechelen. Saief wasn’t involved in any of the four goals in the contest, but continuing to get 90 minutes week in and week out for Belgium’s third-place squad is solid nonetheless.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
For the second straight week, Reims were held scoreless in a draw with Brest. Siebatcheu went the distance in the contest but couldn’t help push his side to a winner. Reims still sit at the top of Ligue 2 with a nice 10-point buffer.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall did not appear for Tours in their 2-0 loss to Auxerre.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Torres also failed to see the pitch this week as Lokeren were smacked 3-0 by Standard Liege.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale did not appear for any of Villarreal’s teams this week.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey played all 90 minutes for Fulham’s PL 2 side in a 1-0 loss to Blackburn.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann was on the bench for the Hertha senior side and did not appear in a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim. He then started and played 90 minutes as Hertha’s reserves beat FSV Luckenwalde 5-1.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde played 90 minutes for United’s PL 2 side in a 1-1 draw with Derby.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez came on for the final half-hour of Livorno’s contest with Pistoiese and helped his side turn a 1-0 deficit into a 1-1 draw.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Sargent hasn’t yet featured for any of Bremen’s reserve teams and won’t be eligible to do so until his 18th birthday on February 20.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Koln’s youth teams don’t return to play until mid-February, and Scott did not appear in the senior squad this week.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott entered in the 73rd minute for Chelsea’s PL 2 squad in a 1-0 win against Leicester.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Schalke’s reserve sides are still on their winter break and return to play in early February.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
After missing out on fixtures in the Premier League International Cup, Tillman and Bayern II returned to winter break.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah did not appear for PSG II in a 2-0 loss to Chasselay.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young appeared for the final 10 minutes for Bremen II. His side fell 4-2 to Preussen Munster.