Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After battling an injury, Cameron has regained his spot in the starting lineup, though he was placed at centre back instead of in the midfield during Stoke’s 2-1 win over Villa. He didn’t sparkle in his first game back but did pass at a 91 percent clip, which is quality for a defender and that squad shows he was at least up to game speed. Given his play earlier in the year, the spot is once again Cameron’s to lose and hopefully he will be moved back to the center of the park once he is fully ready to go.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan sat on the bench once again in Villa’s loss to Stoke.
Tim Howard (Everton)
With Liverpool in the League Cup final, Everton’s biggest derby of the season was postponed, though Howard would have most likely sat anyway.
Miazga is still waiting to make his Chelsea debut and was not selected in the 18-man roster for the Blues’ 2-1 win over Southampton.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin has worked his way into the starting lineup recently and played a full shift in a 1-0 loss to West Ham. Though his offense gave him little help, the defender was far from impressive and was not heavily involved in the match, though he did make three successful tackles. It’s a tough spot to be in, given how poor the Black Cats have been all year, but it’s still good experience for the young defender.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Though he still hasn’t cracked the first team, Carter-Vickers was a substitute option during Spurs’ 3-0 win over Fiorentina in the midweek, which pushed them into the final 16. It’s about as good as he could have expected for the week since the academy side didn’t have a contest.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem was not in Rangers’ 18-man roster, which defeated St. MIrren 1-0.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper snuck into the starting lineup this week for Dons, but had a bit of a rough go, conceding four goals in a 1-1 tie with Huddersfield and a 3-2 loss to Blackburn. He made some good saves in the draw, but the goal he conceded was on a header that ended up under him, though it was a pacey header from close range. On the weekend, though, Cropper made a mess of a shot that two rebounds later ended up in his goal and was beaten on his near post before a long-range free kick found its way past the goalkeeper in stoppage time to give Blackburn full points. It’s good to see the keeper getting minutes, but he’s going to need some more-inspired play to keep his spot in the starting lineup.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman was an unused substitute in both Fulham’s 1-1 midweek draw with Leeds and their 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough four days later.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was not in Fulham’s 18-man roster for either of the aforementioned results.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Unsurprisingly, Lichaj logged a full 180 minutes for Forest this week, but his club lost twice, 1-0 to Burnley and 2-1 to Bristol City. Lichaj was the best player on his team with a 7.4 whoscored.com rating, five tackles and three aerials won against first-place Burnley, but both he and his side struggled on the weekend. Against lowly Bristol City, Lichaj was considerably worse, only completing 69 percent of his passes.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Holmes was not in the 18-man roster for Huddersfield’s aforementioned draw with MK Dons but was an unused sub in a 1-0 loss to Ipswich on the weekend.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was not present in the first-team squad this week, and the U-21s were inactive.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Recovering from an injury, Williams did not make the roster for Reading’s 1-0 loss to Rotherham, but he did make a substitute appearance in a 4-3 win over Charlton. Though he didn’t do a ton during his time on the pitch besides pick up a yellow card, like Cameron, he had very good day passing, and that shows he hasn’t lost his touch. Williams has been a starter all year for Reading, so expect him to be back in the first XI when he’s fully match fit.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
After an uneven performance against Wolfsburg last week, Brooks bounced back with a solid showing in a 1-0 win over Cologne. The center back had one nervy moment, scuffing an attempt clearance, but it didn’t end up mattering as Hertha won a Bundesliga game for the first time in 2016. Brooks led the capital club with eight aerial wins and finished second with 52 completed passes as he consistently started attacks from the back of the pitch.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Eintracht earned a second consecutive clean sheet in a draw with Schalke, which won’t help Chandler’s chances of getting back into the squad for the first time in a while.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green is back from Germany’s winter break in a big way, as the winger scored twice to lift Bayern’s reserve side to a 3-1 win over Rain am Lech. They were the ninth and 10th goals of what’s been a far better season for Green than last year. He’s still unlikely to feature with the first squad any time soon, but a return to form could only mean good things for Green and the USMNT in the near future.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson is back in training, but he hasn’t yet returned to Werder’s matchday squad. Bremen came from behind to earn a late draw against Darmstadt in an entertaining 2-2 scrap in the fight for survival.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Moments after Monchengladbach went down 2-1 in the 53rd minute, Johnson struck to level the contest and help the Foals earn a point in a draw with Augsburg. After getting himself into the middle of the box, the winger drilled home a low Nico Elvedi cutback from about 12 yards out, bring his season total for Gladbach to eight. It was also the second in three games for the in-form Johnson, who will be counted on heavily in the coming weeks as Gladbach battles for a top four spot.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter did not make Stuttgart’s reserve side once again, and it looks like the 23-year-old is nearing a departure from the club. Reportedly, Kiesewetter will leave Stuttgart when his contract runs out in the summer, which is a good move for a player who needs seasoning but isn’t getting the chance he needs to improve. He should play a big role in the U.S. Olympic team as well, which could
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was not picked by Ingolstadt in a 1-1 draw against Hamburg. He hasn’t started since the end of January for the Bavarian minnows, who sit in ninth in their first Bundesliga season.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
The week after Pulisic made his first start for Dortmund didn’t go well for the 17-year-old, as he didn’t make the squad in either of their fixtures, wins over Porto in the Europa League and Hoffenheim in the league.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd continues his recovery from a serious knee injury and a smaller surgery he had last week on a cyst in the knee. If all goes planned, he could return soon for a RB Leipzig team that’s six points clear at the top of the 2. Bundesliga table.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Wood returned from the injured shoulder that kept him out last week with a bang, scoring the winner for 10-man Union Berlin in a 2-1 victory over Karlsruher. After picking up a loose ball just outside the penalty area, Wood worked himself into a good shooting position and let a shot go that was massively deflected as it bounced in past the Karlsruher keeper. It was his 10th goal of the season, and his fifth in the last five games as Wood’s breakout year for Union continued.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten did not make the 18-man squad for Sandhausen’s 3-2 loss to Bochum.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
In a scoreless draw with Monaco, Bedoya was one of the better players on the pitch for Nantes. The winger had two shots, one on target and one blocked, and made a team-high five tackles, as well as having a goal disallowed. It wasn’t quite the same offensive force Bedoya has been showing in recent weeks, but it was a decent display nonetheless for Nantes, whose lengthy unbeaten run now sits at 13 league games.
He was better the second time around, but Horvath’s Europa League run ended this week as Molde were dumped from the competition by defending champions Sevilla. The young keeper had three saves and one claim as his side won the second leg 1-0, but it wasn’t enough to see Molde through after Horvath’s poor first leg. Although they’ve been eliminated from the tournament, the Tippeligaen season begins soon for Molde, which opens March 13 against Tromso.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne entered in the 55th minute with his side down a goal, but he couldn’t help them turn the result around in a 2-0 loss to Twente. It was a disappointing game, but it’s been a good 2016 so far for Payne, who has seen consistent minutes for Groningen in recent weeks.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin remains out with a foot injury, and it looks as though he will continue to watch from the sidelines for the foreseeable future, with a Utrecht official saying the club isn’t expecting the youngster back until mid-March. Utrecht lost to Feyenoord in an important clash for a Europa League position.