Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron remained sidelined for Stoke this week and missed out on the Potters’ draw with Everton and loss to West Brom. There’s still no timetable for the versatile veteran to return to Stoke’s lineup, but manager Mark Hughes has said he hopes to have him back some time before the end of February.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Twice this week, Carter-Vickers was an unused substitute as Spurs drew with Sunderland and defeated Middlesbrough. He’ll likely see action this
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
After returning to the pitch for Sunderland’s U-23 side last week, Gooch found himself in a matchday squad for the first time since suffering his ankle injury a few months ago, although he remained on the bench for the Black Cats’ 0-0 midweek draw with Spurs. He then wasn’t selected for Sunderland’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, but that was because Gooch played 87 minutes for the U-23s Friday night in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City. The forward was at the center of Sunderland’s attack, creating a litany of chances before converting one with a calm right-footed finish in the second half (footage of the goal begins at 1:57 in this video). That goal cut the Sunderland deficit to 2-1, although City would pile two more goals on late. Still, Gooch has finally recovered his fitness following his long layoff, and with Sunderland’s struggles of late, it should be only a matter of time before he returns to first-team action.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan wasn’t in Boro’s squad for their 1-1 draw with West Brom in the midweek before sitting on the bench for their 1-0 loss to Spurs. With the goalkeeper heading to MLS after the season ends, he probably won’t get many more appearances in England.
Brooks Lennon (Liverpool → Real Salt Lake (loan))
Following a few weeks of rumors that he would be returning to the United States on loan, Lennon’s temporary move to previous club Real Salt Lake was confirmed Monday. The 19-year-old forward should now get the opportunity for some first-team action this year. However, his move to the MLS means that, until he returns to Merseyside, Lennon will not be included on our list beginning next week.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde went the distance for United’s U-23s on Monday at fullback, but it was an up-and-down day as the Red Devils conceded five times in a 5-3 loss to Derby. Olosunde was beaten on the outside by a Rams attacker in the buildup to Derby’s second before being involved in a more positive moment when his run down the right set up United’s third. However, as a part of a defense that gave up five goals, it will be a result to forget for the 18-year-old.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was part of a solid week for Forest as he captained the side to two wins, 2-0 over Rotherham and 2-1 over Aston Villa. The right back had a better game against bottom-of-the-table Rotherham, making three clearances and two tackles while completing 74 percent of his team-high 55 passes in a clean sheet. Against Villa, Lichaj passed at an 84 percent clip and had one shot off target in a quieter game, but he also played a key role in getting Villa’s Jack Grealish sent off, as he was the player fouled on both of the youngster’s yellow cards. Regardless of his own performances, Lichaj will be satisfied with his week after wearing the armband and helping his side jump four places in the Championship table.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream also played 180 minutes along Fulham’s back line as the Cottagers beat Burton 2-0 and lost 1-0 to Birmingham. In the former, Ream made a team-high 10 clearances, won a pair of aerials and a tackle, and completed 86 percent of his passes as his defense kept a clean sheet, although his 7.1 whoscored.com match rating was in the middle of the pack amongst Fulham’s starters. Then, on Saturday, the center back was the third-highest rated player in his squad, making a team-high five tackles and four interceptions, as well as seven clearances and three aerial wins. He also passed at a 97 percent rate, but Ream was a bit slow reacting to the charging Lukas Jutkiewicz on Birmingham’s goal that proved to be the game winner, although it came after Fulham had been reduced to 10 men. Still, it wasn’t a bad week for the defender, who seems to have found a second wind after being left out in the cold through much of the first half of the season.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
In a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough’s U-23s on Monday, de la Torre was a first-half nuisance before fading down the stretch. The young forward went the distance and continues to see consistent playing time as he works towards a first-team debut.
Danny Williams (Reading)
With manager Jaap Stam switching up Reading’s formation, Williams was selected along the right side of a four-man midfield in front of a three-man back line and essentially played a wingback position as Reading beat Birmingham and tied Ipswich. Against the Blues, in his first game in the new role, Williams impressed in filling out the stat sheet, finishing with four clearances, two aerial wins, two interceptions, a tackle, and a successful dribble while passing at 81 percent. Then, against Ipswich, Williams had a much harder day, especially defensively, as he struggled to deal with the rampaging form of Town’s left-sided forward Tom Lawrence, who scored twice for the third time in seven games. The 27-year-old Williams did complete a game-high 92 percent of his passes and have one shot saved, but he didn’t have a major impact otherwise.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich had a decent performance in Reading’s U-23 side’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. He created the best chance of a scoreless first half with a shot that required a good save and caused problems for Chelsea a few other times throughout the match, but he couldn’t continue his good run as Reading fell to a defeat.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Once again, Yedlin made a major impact at right back for Newcastle in a 2-2 draw with QPR and a 1-0 win over Derby. First, he had a solid, if not spectacular, game, completing four dribbles and making seven clearances while finishing with a team-high 88 touches and putting a few dangerous crosses into the box against Rangers. On the weekend, though, the 23-year-old really shined, putting in a man-of-the-match display against Derby. He won six aerials and six tackles while finishing with 10 clearances, one of the which came from off the goal line and
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield -> Nottingham Forest)
On transfer deadline day,Ariyibi joined up with Championship side Nottingham Forest. It was a move that seemed to come out of nowhere, but the young winger was a reported target for a number of Championship sides in the summer and remained with Chesterfield. Now, he’ll have an opportunity to play second-tier football, although he began his Forest tenure with the U-23s on Monday, putting in a strong attacking performance in a 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday. He’ll hope to see time for the senior side as he settles in Nottingham.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes started and played the first half of Scunthorpe’s 3-1 loss to Southend. He had a part in the Iron’s lone goal as one of Holmes’s free kicks wasn’t dealt with in the fifth minute, but that was the only major impact he was able to have on the game. He had one opportunity to break in on goal and could have given Scunthorpe a 2-1 lead but failed to corral a pass, and from there, he couldn’t do much else to lift the Iron.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd had a decent performance in his 68 minutes before coming off in Darmstadt’s 2-0 loss to Eintracht. The striker didn’t record a shot in the game, but he did win a game-high six aerial duels and complete two of his team’s four successful dribbles while chipping in with two clearances at the other end. However, Boyd couldn’t make an impact going forward as Darmstadt lost for the 10th time in 11 games and remained mired at the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks put in a solid display at the back as Hertha drew 1-0 with Ingolstadt. The center back made six clearances, three interceptions, two blocks, and a tackle while helping Hertha keep a clean sheet. What’s more, the side had to hold onto a one-goal lead for more than 90 minutes after a goal within the first two, and it was a huge win after Berlin lost twice in a row.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler went the distance at right back as Frankfurt switched to a back four and defeated Dartmstadt. It wasn’t a busy day for him defensively, as Darmstadt had just four shots in the contest, but Chandler had a good day nonetheless, winning three tackles and passing at an 89 percent clip. He also made four interceptions, three clearances, and two successful dribbles and put three crosses into the box to earn a 7.4 whoscored.com rating, one of nine Eintracht starters to finish above 7.0.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was a 66th-minute substitute in a 3-2 loss to Augsburg. The striker entered moments after his side took a 2-1 lead with a penalty and failed to make a positive impact, missing the target with two shots and seeing another blocked while getting dispossessed once and completing just four of seven passes.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
While Johnson is still struggling to get starts for Monchengladbach, he made an impact as a substitute this week in a 3-0 win over Freiburg. Brought in with 25 minutes to play, Johnson got the assist on Gladbach’s opening tally when his header (from within his own half) found Lars Stindl, and the forward made a brilliant run and finished well to break the deadlock. He didn’t have an impact on the other two tallies, but Johnson needs to continue to make noise — as he did on the weekend — to work his way back into the struggling side.
Morales played 90 minutes in Ingolstadt’s aforementioned loss to Hertha. Despite the result, the defensive midfielder did well for his side, winning six aerials and four tackles while keeping Hertha’s attack at bay in a game which was lacking in quality chances. Morales’ side might not have gotten the result, but he certainly did his job, and it would be hard to ask for a lot more.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic came on with half an hour to play in Dortmund’s critical 1-0 win over RB Leipzig. His side already had the game’s only tally in the bag, so he didn’t make a major impact on the scoresheet, but the winger was bright after coming on. Though he started plenty of games earlier this year, for now, the 18-year-old is most likely going to be making his impact as a sub with the squad almost fully healthy again.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
In another critical victory, Wood logged a full shift for Hamburg in a 1-0 win over Leverkusen that has boosted his side to 16th and out of a direct relegation place. Wood himself was decent on the day and had a couple of close chances, with one from a tough angle which he struck over the goalie denied by the crossbar. He also won six aerials while deployed as a lone striker.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Again, Canouse was an unused sub as Bochum drew Karlsruher 1-1.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
After a less-than-stellar first start for Stuttgart, Green turned on the jets Monday by scoring an absolute screamer in a 2-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. With his team already up a goal, Green delivered a backbreaker on 20 minutes when he smashed home an Anto Grgic cross from 10 yards out. It was Green’s only shot of the contest, but it was the type of flashes of brilliance that make Green such a highly touted youngster, although he needs to keep it up to really prove his worth. This is a great start, though.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Green’s delight was Kiesewetter’s dismay, but the forward should be pleased that he was inserted into his first senior game since November 4. The attacker was subbed on at halftime and did little of note going forward, but minutes are critical for the developing youngster.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten’s hot streak continued with another goal this week in a 2-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue. With his side up 1-0, Wooten put the game on ice by tapping into an empty net after some slick passing by his teammates. Wooten is now fourth on the 2. Bundesliga goalscoring table, and while Sandhausen are in sixth place, they sit just five points behind the three co-leaders.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga was sent on with three minutes to play and his side 2-0 up, and he helped Vitesse see out the three points by the same scoreline against ADO Den Haag. Vitesse are in sixth and look to be out of the Champions League race, but they have a good shot to end up in the Eredivisie’s Europa League playoffs.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne made just his second appearance of the season for Groningen on the weekend, playing all 90 minutes at right back in a 1-1 draw with Excelsior. The 21-year-old won four aerials and three tackles but only passed at a 52 percent clip. He also picked up a yellow card in the contest, but it’s still a major positive to see him in the squad.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht → Silkeborg IF, Eredivisie)
It was announced on deadline day this week that Rubin has moved to Danish Superliga side Silkeborg IF. Though it is a worse team in a worse league, it is probably a step in the right direction for Rubin, who was getting few looks in the Netherlands. Silkeborg is in 10th place (out of 14) and resume play on Saturday, February 18 following a lengthy winter break.
Gedion Zelalem (VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem was an unused sub in VVV-Venlo’s 2-1 loss to Jong PSV. He is still looking to break into the squad after confirming his loan last week and should do so once he has settled in.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was an unused sub as Brugge beat Sporting Charleroi 1-0.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman started twice for Rangers this week, and he continued his quality form by tallying against Hearts in the midweek. Though his side lost 4-1, Hyndman restored parity early in the game for Rangers with a beautiful finish into the top of the net on a bouncing ball following a corner kick. He was subbed off after an hour in the contest and then played a full 90 minutes on the weekend in a 1-1 draw with Ross County in which he did not make the same impact. With just the one point in two games, Rangers have dropped into third in the league and are a whopping 27 points behind leaders Celtic.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen played 64 minutes in Hearts’ aforementioned win against Rangers in the midweek and then another 45 on the weekend in a 3-0 win over Motherwell. In the former, Johnson had an assist and created another goal by challenging for a ball in the area, but he didn’t play as big a role in the weekend fixture. Still, Hearts are in fourth and trending in the right direction.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen also played in both of Hearts’ fixtures this week, logging a full 90 minutes against Rangers and coming on with 30 minutes to play against Motherwell. He didn’t do much in the second match, but Kitchen’s quick thinking on a free kick sent his teammate into space against Rangers, which led to the opening tally on just three minutes. Kitchen remains a staple in the lineup, and with good reason.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez did not make the Fiorentina squad which beat Pescara 2-1.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu’s first start at Chateauroux was a successful one, although the third-tier side ultimately fell 3-2 to Ligue 1 club Lorient in the Coupe de France. Siebatcheu gave a holt of life to his loan side when he headed home from close range on 62 minutes to give the underdogs a surprising lead, and though they ultimately capitulated in extra time, scoring goals against teams better than his own will certainly get Siebatcheu noticed.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
The Swiss Super League has returned from break, but Stanko was not in the FC Vaduz roster which drew 1-1 with St. Gallen.