Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream went the distance for Fulham at center back in another disappointing performance for the Cottagers, who fell 3-1 to Leicester. Neither of the first two tallies were Ream’s fault, as horrid defensive giveaways led to breakaways, but he did fail to tightly mark Jamie Vardy on another odd-man rush, resulting in the third. Still, he was put in a bad position by the players in front of him, so it’s hard to rest much blame on his shoulders. Ream did pass at an 88 percent clip in the match for Fulham, who are now 13 points from safety and are surely taking the drop.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams remains sidelined due to injury and did not make the 18-man squad for Huddersfield’s loss to Bournemouth.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin played 90 minutes in an epic 3-2 come-from-behind win for Newcastle, who were down 2-0 to Everton at the half. Yedlin wasn’t really involved positively or negatively in any of the five goals but did have two shots on the day while passing at a meager 64 percent. Most importantly, it was a fifth consecutive home win for the Magpies, who continue to separate themselves from the bottom three.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers logged a full shift in a 1-0 loss to Norwich. CCV was badly exposed once when he whiffed a clearance, but Teemu Pukki put the ensuing breakaway wide. The goal was a howitzer blast that CCV played no part in allowing. The defense overall did well in the match, and Swansea won the shot battle 12-8, but it was not enough to get a point. On a positive note, though, many were quick to praise Carter-Vickers for a solid performance.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga played a critical, yet largely unnoticed, role in Reading’s amazing 3-2 comeback win over Wigan. In truth, the Royals shouldn’t have even been in the contest after being sieged in both halves. Neither tally for for Wigan, however, was Miazga’s fault, though the center back was opened up a couple times and bailed out by his goalie. That all led to a 96th-minute corner kick on which Miazga picked two guys with one (realistically illegal) move, giving Yakou Meite a free header, and he did not miss, scoring the winner after Reading had equalized in the 89th. The Chelsea loanee also picked up a yellow card and didn’t really have too great of a defensive effort, but one perfect team moment saved the day for the 19th-place Royals, who are in the thick of the relegation scrap along with Wigan.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
The good news for Robinson this week is he returned from injury, but the bad is that Mizaga’s gain is the left back’s pain as his side was on the losing end of the aforementioned comeback. Robinson, like Miazga, picked up a yellow card in the contest, but he was relatively un-noteworthy besides that. He passed at a poor 55 percent clip but did win five aerials. This week, Robinson also spoke about his future with his parent club Everton.
Adams again got the start for Leipzig, his fifth of the season, but his side couldn’t get anything going Friday in a goalless draw with Augsburg. While Adams helped protect the goal -- Augsburg had just five shots on the day -- Leipzig couldn’t create a breakthrough on the other end despite a 68-32 possession advantage. Adams was removed for a sub on 73 minutes.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Let’s just say it was one to forget for Brooks, whose Wolfsburg side was smacked 6-0 by Bayern Munich. Brooks didn’t make any calamitous errors in the game, but his backline was clearly torched quite a bit on the day, and he was partially culpable for a late tally from Robert Lewandowski, who beat him to the spot for a header. Brooks really couldn’t get anything positive going either, winning just a single aerial and tackle on the day. Bayern are tough, but it was a poor performance all around, to say the least.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for fifth-place Frankfurt. Eintracht won again this week and remain in fifth, but they only trail fourth and third by three points.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson remains sidelined due to injury. He’s in training but is still a ways from being healthy enough to play in games.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
After penning a long-term extension, Sargent was not in the 18-man roster for Bremen this week.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Another week, another start for Johnson, who didn’t do much but didn’t need to in a 1-0 win over Mainz. Sent out as a right back, Johnson and his other three defenders shut down the opposition well, holding Mainz to mostly long-range efforts. He did little of note going forward, but his side ultimately got the goal that mattered.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie returned after a brief stay on the sidelines due to injury, and he played 90 minutes while providing an assist for Schalke against Werder Bremen. With the game scoreless midway through the first half, the midfielder won a header in the center of the pitch and sent the ball forward into the path of Breel Embolo, who finished past the Bremen keeper to put Schalke ahead. However, the Royal Blues would fall apart in an eventual 4-2 loss that extends their winless run to seven games, putting them in 14th place in the table. For his part, McKennie won a shocking 12 aerial duels in the match, continuing to show his dominance in the air, but the loss means Schalke are just four points from a relegation playoff place.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright did not make the Schalke squad for their aforementioned loss, and the reserve match was postponed.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Returning from suspension, Morales was a 77th-minute substitute for Dusseldorf, coming on with Fortuna down 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt in a game his side would lose 3-0. He had three tackles during his time on the pitch.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic returned to the Dortmund squad with a bang this week. First, he was a 62nd-minute substitute in a 1-0 Champions League loss to Tottenham which sees Dortmund depart the competition. The winger had one good opportunity after coming on, heading over the bar from a distance, and he had one crucial defensive intervention, heading away what would have been a stoppage time tap in for Erik Lamela (although the tie had long been decided by then). However, on the weekend, his impacts were most certainly felt. After coming on in the 79th
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Out of nowhere, Tillman was in the Nurnberg squad this week and was given a Bundesliga debut, coming on in the 52nd minute with Nurnberg trailing 1-0 in a game that ended 2-1 to Hoffenheim. The 20-year-old wasn’t involved in either goal after coming on, and he completed nine of 10 passes and had one successful dribble in his time on the pitch. Regardless of performance, though, it’s a big step for the Bayern loanee as he sees the first top-tier action of his career. The next step will be getting more of it over the coming weeks.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Hannover continue to languish in the relegation zone, and they lost again this week, falling 3-2 to Bayer Leverkusen. Wood wasn’t included in the 18-man squad after manager Thomas Doll announced his intentions to give younger players a chance over the final weeks of the season. There was also a rumor this week that Hamburg could look to offload Wood back across the pond to the MLS in the summer, so it’ll be interesting to see whether or not that move comes to fruition.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
After being sent off a week ago against Hamburg, Green was set to be suspended for Fuerth’s match against Dynamo Dresden, but it was postponed due to a storm warning.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is expected to miss about two months after suffering an injury on February 10. He missed out on a big week for Rennes, who beat Arsenal 3-1 in the Europa League before disposing of Caen by that same scoreline in league action.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich wasn’t able to make much of a difference as Sittard were on the wrong end of a 4-0 result away to Ajax. The striker did throw his body around a bit, winning five aerials, completing two dribbles, and putting two shots on target. It’s about the best he could have hoped for in an awfully difficult matchup against a team that was flying high following its massive upset win over Real Madrid.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Like Novakovich, Palmer-Brown put in a decent performance as his side was defeated by one of the Dutch giants, with Breda losing 2-0 to PSV. The left-sided center back played in a back three, and while he let Luuk de Jong sneak in front of him to slide home the opener on a low cross, Palmer-Brown was very good otherwise, finishing with eight clearances, five interceptions, and two tackles. HIs club also announced that he will be named to the USMNT U-23 team that will be released this week, with the young Yanks set to take on Egypt and the Netherlands.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah was given a late run out for Celtic, playing 12 minutes in a scoreless draw with Aberdeen. He didn’t have much of an impact in the tie, however. Celtic lead the Scottish Premiership by eight points over their rivals from Rangers.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman remains squarely outside the Bournemouth setup.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott did not appear for Chelsea’s senior or U-23 sides this week.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
After not appearing on the weekend against parent club Stoke, there was good news for Cameron as he is set to return for Rangers’ midweek match with Rotherham. The defender hasn’t played since December 8.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj went the distance this week for Hull, who were hammered 3-0 by Nottingham Forest. All things considered, the left back had a good game, as he had a beautiful backheel early that almost set up a goal and wasn’t responsible for any of the goals conceded, which mostly originated from the opposite flank.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes appeared twice this week for Derby, going the distance in a weekend draw with Sheffield Wednesday after coming on as a sub in a midweek win over Wigan. After coming on in the 57th-minute, Derby would go on to score two against the Latics, and Holmes was involved in the build up the intricately worked winner. He also put in the corner that led to the Rams’ lone goal against Wednesday.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch was twice used as a sub this week, in the 45th and 68th minutes, respectively, in Sunderland’s 2-0 win over Bristol and 1-1 draw with Wycombe. Sunderland scored their 94th-minute equalizer with him on the pitch, but he was not involved.Gooch is riding high into the end of the season.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi was immense (video evidence here) for Motherwell in a 3-0 win over Hamilton. The winger assisted the first with a cutting run down the line followed by a pull back in the box. Then, he went onto draw a penalty after a tight one-two in the area that led to his side’s second. Ariyibi almost got on the end of a chance or two and should have had a second assist late if not for a flubbed shot. Many were praising the youngster after the match.
George came on one minute later this week, in the 70th, and again both goals had already been scored in a 1-1 draw with Duisburg.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson again did not feature for Sandhausen, who won 1-0 against Magdeburg thanks to...
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten! The forward scored the only goal of the contest when he was played in clean through with a flicked-on header and kept his cool, curling the ball around the onrushing keeper to net the game’s only tally. The 29-year-old now has nine goals in 22 2. Bundesliga matches.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was an unused substitute in Duisburg’s 1-1 draw against George’s Regensburg.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford wasn’t included in the St. Pauli squad that lost 4-0 to local rivals Hamburg.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
A week after making his first Paderborn appearance, Shelton wasn’t included in the squad that lost 2-1 to Erzgebirge Aue.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore again played 90 minutes for Atletico Levante, who beat Alcoyano 2-0.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath produced yet another clean sheet for Brugge this week, his second in a row, as they defeated Eupen 4-0.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was again an unused sub for Kortrijk this week in a 2-0 loss to Anderlecht. There’s a rumor making the rounds that the defender could be a loan target for a few MLS clubs, though nothing has come from those reports yet.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League -> loaned to FC Cincinnati, MLS)
On the other hand, Saief’s rumored season-long loan move to MLS newcomers FC Cincinnati was indeed confirmed last week. The winger made an immediate impact for his new side, making his debut as a substitute and assisting on Cincinnati’s goal with a beautiful through ball in a 1-1 draw with defending champions Atlanta United. He’ll leave the list for the year, but this could well prove to be a beneficial move for the 25-year-old attacker.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne continues to serve as an unused sub for Excelsior, who lost 1-0 to VVV-Venlo.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Malmo were inactive this past week. The Allsvenskan season starts March 31.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went 90 minutes for Dundee United, but his side fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to bottom feeders Partick Thistle.
There was a good chunk of news this week, headlined by Gedion Zelalem’s time at Arsenal coming to an end with him officially transferring to Sporting KC. Zelalem never seemed to find himself in Europe and desperately needed a move that will get him critical developmental minutes, which this should. He’s still only 22, after all. Elsewhere, Southend’s Charlie Kelman made his first-ever start for the side, going 73 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Blackpool. There’s a strong rumor going around that Sebastian Soto and Chris Gloster are on the fast track at Hannover, and both are on the verge of being promoted to the first team. Just around the corner, U-23 and U-20 USMNT squads will be revealed, the latter of which is heading to the World Cup in Poland in a couple of months. There should be a couple names on our list that make the cut for both. Those include Christian Cappis and Jonathan Amon, who have already been revealed by their clubs as selections for the U-20s, while a name not on our list but playing in Europe, Cappis’s Hobro teammate Emmanuel Sabbi, is joining the U-23s. Finally, one player that’s not on our list and won’t be joining is 21-year-old Kai Koreniuk, who is leaving the reserves of AZ Alkmaar for LA Galaxy II.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League -> sold to Sporting KC, MLS)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Nebiyou Perry (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)