Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
It was a miserable week for Stoke City, although Cameron was not involved in it. The defensive midfielder remains out with an ankle injury and missed a pair of 3-0 losses, to Manchester United and Everton. Stoke have now lost five consecutive games in all competitions, and manager Mark Hughes will hope to get Cameron back as soon as possible.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan watched from the bench twice this week, as Villa lost 2-0 to West Ham and won 2-0 over Norwich
Tim Howard (Everton)
Like his counterpart Guzan, Howard has seemingly fallen back into a bench role at Everton after sitting on the bench twice as the Toffees won two 3-0 games this week. With Joel Robles performing well in a pair of shutouts, and rumors linking Howard to sides in the MLS, it seems possible that the 36-year-old’s excellent career in the Premier League could be nearing its conclusion.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
Although he has yet to make his debut for Chelsea, who drew twice this week, Miazga may see some playing time sooner than he would have expected following his move to England. French center back Kurt Zouma suffered an ACL injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United that will most likely keep him out for the rest of the season, and Miazga suddenly finds himself fairly high up the depth chart in defense, probably only behind veterans John Terry and Gary Cahill. It’s very plausible that Miazga will make an appearance on the bench in Chelsea’s next game, against Newcastle this weekend, and a debut may not be far behind.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
He’s been less involved in recent weeks, but Yedlin was on the pitch for Sunderland’s stunning comeback on Saturday. The right back entered in the 75th minute with his side down 2-0 at Anfield, and although he wasn’t directly involved in either goal, the Black Cats scored twice down the stretch to earn a vital point in their bid for survival. Moreover, starting right back Billy Jones was directly responsible for a bad giveaway that led to Liverpool’s second goal, so there’s hope that Yedlin could find his way back into the starting lineup in the near future.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers hasn’t broken into the first team yet, and the U-21s didn’t play last week. They face Southampton on Tuesday, and Carter-Vickers will likely be involved in the contest.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem played 61 minutes in Rangers’ scoreless Scottish Cup tie with Kilmarnock. The 19-year-old didn’t have one of his better games for the Glasgow club, but it was better news in the midweek as Rangers earned a 1-0 league win over Raith Rovers, with Zelalem playing the first 72 minutes.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper was again on the bench for Dons and watched starting keeper David Martin put forth a brilliant showing in a scoreless draw at Cardiff.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Although he didn’t play for Fulham’s senior side this week, Hyndman did get 90 minutes under his belt in a 1-1 U-21 draw with West Brom. He’s broken back into the first team in recent weeks, and the young midfielder will likely get back in the squad in the next couple of weeks.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was on the bench for Fulham in a 1-1 draw with Derby. The defender has been in and out of the side over the past few months, and with Fulham in the bottom three of the Championship in goals conceded, it’s easy to see why.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Forest, on the other hand, have been the third-best team in terms of goals against this season, and Lichaj has been a major part of that. The fullback put in another solid 90-minute showing as Forest got an important 1-0 win at Leeds United to move into 10th place, though they remain 10 points out of a promotion playoff spot.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Holmes was not in the side for Huddersfield’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Preston in which the Terriers conceded twice in the final 10 minutes to drop all three points.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading's U-21's came away with a 1-0 win over Leicester’s U-21s on Monday, but there's a suspicious lack of news about the game on social media, so we unfortunately aren't sure if Novakovich was involved.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams went a full 180 minutes for Reading this week,
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks was one of the best players on the field for his side, racking up a 7.2 whoscored.com rating in a goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund. The centre back won four tackles during the fixture and led a backline that kept one of the league's leading attacks at bay. It might not have been the result Hertha was hoping for at home, but it was a solid one nonetheless, and the third-place side still holds a three-point lead over fifth and missing the Champions League.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was not in the 18-man roster for Frankfurt during a wild 4-2 loss to Stuttgart which involved five second-half goals, coupled with a pair of red cards.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
It’s hard pressed to believe Green is going to make the senior side this year, so he will most likely return to action with the reserves on February 21.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson returned to training last week for Bremen following the hip injury that’s kept him out for most of the season, but it's maybe for the better he sat out this week, as Bremen got thwacked 5-1 by Monchengladbach.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
For the second week in a row, Johnson made little impact, but this time his team picked him up in the aforementioned annihilation of Johannsson's Bremen side. For what its worth, in his 90 minutes on the pitch, the Yank did win four aerials and make a successful tackle as his team dominated on the day.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Though he wasn’t involved in Jozy Altidore’s 89th minute winner, Kiesewetter was inserted as a sub just after the hour mark in the United States’ 1-0 win over Canada. With camp over, the youngster will return to Germany, where his side are back in action following winter break.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was subbed on in the 60th minute (just after Ingolstadt had equalized) during his side's 2-1 comeback victory over Augsburg. He didn’t have a huge impact on the game, but his side came out on top via an 85th minute penalty.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic came on in with 20 minutes to play in Dortmund's aforementioned draw with Hertha. Though he couldn’t help his team get a late winner, he did pass at an impressive 86 percent clip, so it looks like the youngster is linking up well with his teammates.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was not in Leipzig’s 18-man roster for their 2-0 win over Braunschweig.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Winter is over, and Bobby Wood is already in form, scoring a brilliant 86th-minute equalizer to salvage a point for Union Berlin against Kaiserslautern. After his side cut a 2-0 lead in half 10 minutes earlier, Wood brilliantly weaved through three men in the box before hitting a sweet finish which beat the keeper to the near post. Though he’s stuck in the 2. Bundesliga, Wood has been one of the most consistent attacking threats from a Yank abroad this year, and hopefully his impressive run can continue for both club and country.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten logged a full shift for Sandhausen in their 1-0 win over Paderborn. The forward has been a bit starved for goals since the beginning portion of this year, but he’s doing enough to stay in the starting lineup and has appeared in the majority of fixtures this year.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya seems to be loving life in the center of the park, as he netted and assisted while playing 165 minutes for his club over two games this week, a 3-1 Ligue 1 win over Ajaccio and a goalless draw with Toulouse on the weekend. With just 14 minutes played in the midweek, Bedoya made a nifty no-look flick from the top of the box towards on-running forward Emiliano Sala, who dispatched the perfectly weighted pass first time. Ten minutes later, the attackers linked up again, as Bedoya played Sala in behind the defense, but this time Sala returned the favor, squaring a pass back to the wide open Bedoya, who beat the keeper to the ball and finished into an open net. He wasn’t as electric on the weekend and the scoreline shows that, but Bedoya now has three goals and an assist in his last five games, and though they are in seventh, Nantes sit only three points out of a UCL place.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath will return to action for Molde in February when
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne got the start at right back and played a solid 76 minutes before being subbed off just after Groningen’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Cambuur. He’s only made three starts for the Dutch outfit this year, but they’ve all been recently, so he might have found a niche in the side and should continue to see minutes.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin was again absent from the Utrecht side as they lost 2-0 to PSV.