Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron was at the center of Stoke’s three-man midfield on Monday, playing 88 minutes before being removed for an attacker with his side down 2-0 to Manchester City, a scoreline that would hold. Cameron wasn’t directly responsible for either goal against, but he was caught pressing a bit too far forward on both. There’s no shame in losing 2-0 to Manchester City, though, and despite being quiet, Cameron was part of a group that worked incredibly hard to limit chances for City, who had more than 75 percent possession. Stoke, however, are still in the relegation zone.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman didn’t appear for Bournemouth senior or U-21 sides this week.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams played the final 20 minutes for Huddersfield in a desperately disappointing goalless draw with Swansea, who saw red on 10 minutes and played a man down for more than 80. With a man advantage, Williams was brought on to possess and distribute, but his side couldn’t get the job done. He did not record any shots himself but did pass at an 84 percent clip.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin put in his normal 90 minutes at right back for Newcastle in an important 3-0 win over Southampton. The defender did cause some problems for Saints in the attack, but he didn’t need to be his normal force going forward because the offense was rolling. He did win three tackles on the day but only completed 65 percent of his passes. The win bumps the Magpies to 13th place and five points clear of the relegation zone.
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. He looks to be on the road to recovery, and he has returned to training for Arsenal. There’s still no estimate on when he’ll return to game action, though.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers played 180 minutes this week for Ipswich, who secured four points with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday and a 0-0 draw with Sheffield United. Against Wednesday, Carter-Vickers was caught out of position early, forcing his goalie into a tremendous save for what should have been an Owls opener. The goal wasn’t primarily his fault, but he was caught high up the pitch and left his other two center backs exposed. The second fixture was a typical tight, low-scoring Championship affair in which Carter-Vickers and his side did well to fight off an aerial barrage en route to a clean sheet and a point. Carter-Vickers was impressive in the air in both contests as well, winning eight aerials in each.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre played twice this week for Fulham’s PL 2 side, scoring in a 3-0 win over Norwich City and going 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Wolverhampton.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream logged 180 minutes for Fulham in a pair of wins, 3-0 over Sheffield United and 2-1 over Preston. Ream didn’t have particularly noteworthy games in either contest, but his defense generally was solid throughout. He passed at a 96 percent clip against United and hardy filled up the rest of the stat sheet as the Cottagers dominated. The opposite was true on the weekend, when he had three aerial wins, two dribbles, and a critical last-line tackle to save a goal. Being good at defense often means going unnoticed, and the Fulham backline has been silent but deadly lately. With twelve wins and three draws in their last 15, the red-hot fourth-place side could still be aiming at an automatic promotion place.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch didn’t make the 18 for Sunderland’s 3-0 loss to Aston Villa, but he was an unused sub for their 1-0 defeat to QPR. The Black Cats are looking like a good bet to take the drop for the second straight year.
After returning from suspension, Lichaj has been dropped to the reserves by Aitor Karanka. The veteran left back didn’t make the 18-man roster for either of Forest’s goalless draws this week.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Robinson, too, has been dropped from his side, twice being an unused sub this week as Bolton also tied twice, 1-1 to both Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.
Gboly Ariyibi (Northampton Town, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi played 60 minutes for Northampton Town in a 1-1 draw for Bristol Rovers. Ariyibi couldn’t move the needle for his side, and his substitute scored just two minutes after coming onto the pitch.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes played 77 minutes at right midfield for Scunthorpe in a wild 3-3 draw with Wigan. Despite the high scoring affair, he didn’t get on the scoresheet and received a yellow card on the day.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks remains sidelined for Wolfsburg, who lost 3-0 at Hoffenheim on Saturday. There’s still a concerning lack of news about the injury he sustained in December that has kept him out for all of 2018. The Wolves remain in 15th place, clinging to the last guaranteed Bundesliga spot on goal differential alone.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler went the full 90 minutes as a left wing-back for Frankfurt in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park. It’ll be a performance the 27-year-old won’t want to remember. He wasn’t solely responsible for any of Dortmund’s goals, but he was caught out of position on the first when an international teammate (who we’ll get to in a bit) snuck in behind him to set up the opener. Then, moments after Frankfurt equalized the game in stoppage time (their second tying goal), Chandler was
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
After his exploits as a substitute over the past few weeks, Johannsson again started on the bench Monday. This time, though, his efforts weren’t needed as Bremen beat Koln 3-1 without calling on Johannsson.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson remains sidelined due to injury, but he returned to training this past week for the first time in 2018. He’s unlikely to feature until after this month’s international break, but he’s at least taking steps towards getting back on the pitch. Without him, Gladbach fell 2-0 to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
A week after returning from a six-week injury layoff, McKennie made his first start for Schalke since December and went the distance in a 1-0 win at Mainz. The central midfielder — who switched to the left side for the second half — had a solid match overall, contributing six tackles, five clearances, two interceptions, and one key pass. He also was one of two players to hassle a Mainz player into a turnover in the 55th minute just before Daniel Caligiuri curled home the only goal of the contest. He wasn’t perfect in the contest, but the 19-year-old seems to be picking up where he left off before his injury.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
He’s been criticized recently for a lack of an end product, so it’s only natural that Pulisic this week delivered arguably his best of the season. First, the 19-year-old entered Thursday’s Europa League home match against RB Salzburg with Dortmund down 2-0 after the hour mark, and he needed just one minute to help drag the Black-and-Yellows back into the tie with a brilliant, elusive cross that banked off Andre Schurrle and into the net. Dortmund wouldn’t score again in the game, meaning they still trail 2-1 heading into the second leg, but Pulisic’s instant impact undeniably gives Dortmund hope heading to Austria. Still, the young winger had saved his best for the weekend Bundesliga action. Pulisic played a central role in Dortmund’s first and second goals in their aforementioned win over Eintracht. In the 11th minute, he snuck behind Chandler and played a chipped cross to the back post that Frankfurt’s Marco Russ put into his own net under pressure from Dortmund’s Marco Reus for an own goal. Then, in the
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko again wasn’t included in the Freiburg squad that earned at Hertha Berlin. The 24-year-old has appeared in seven games this season, but none since January 20.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was spared the embarrassment that his teammates were subjected to as he was left out of the Hamburg squad that lost 6-0 to Bayern Munich. Hamburg proceeded to sack manager Bernd Hollerbach after the contest, so the striker will have a new boss to impress — the team’s U-21 coach Christian Titz, who will take over the reigns for the rest of the season — in the near future. With the club sitting seven points from safety in 17th place, Wood, who hasn’t scored since August, is going to have to make his mark sooner rather than later.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd started and played 82 minutes before coming off in a 1-1 draw with Ingolstadt. Playing as a lone striker, Boyd made an impact in the contest. He wasn’t involved in Darmstadt’s goal (which came from a penalty), but the 27-year-old nearly equalized earlier in the game with a powerful header that rebounded off the base of the post. He also won six aerials and two tackles in the game, one of which led directly to an opportunity for Darmstadt (albeit one that Boyd squandered with a pass that missed its mark and could have been a goal). He hasn’t scored since November, but in his first start in three months, Boyd did make a compelling case for an uptick in playing time moving forward.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
After making the bench last week, Gaines wasn’t included in Darmstadt’s squad against Ingolstadt.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
In a 2-1 win over Regensburg, George started and played 74 minutes, coming off will all three goals already scored. He wasn’t involved in any of them, but George filled out the stat sheet in the match, recording four aerial wins, three dribbles, two tackles, and two key passes. He missed the target with his only shot; however, Regensburg continued their impressive season, moving up to fourth place in the second division, just two points back of the promotion playoff place.
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 again did not make the 18 for Sandhausen’s loss to Regensburg. He still has played a total of 30 minutes of first-team football this season due to injury.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Once again, Wright wasn’t involved for Sandhausen against Regensburg.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green played a major role as Fuerth extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-1 win over Kaiserslautern. The center attacking midfielder got in behind the Kaiserslautern defense and opened the scoring in the 17th minute, bundling an excellent cross from Khaled Narey into an empty net with his knee from a yard out. It wasn’t a difficult finish, but it was a crucial one as it set Fuerth on their way to a fourth win in five games, which has taken them to 14th place. Green also recorded three more shots in the contest — one of which saw him split a pair of defenders before releasing a vicious long-range effort that would have been a spectacular goal had the keeper not deflected it away expertly — and completed 16 of 17 passes before exiting in the 82nd minute with his team up 2-1.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter — who has been training with Dusseldorf’s reserves in recent weeks — missed out on the senior squad that beat Duisburg 2-1.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Due to yellow-card accumulation, Morales was suspended for Ingolstadt’s aforementioned 1-1 draw with Darmstadt.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was not included in Brugge’s roster again.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga had a day to forget as Vitesse fell 5-1 to Utrecht. It’s hard to point the finger directly at anybody, but the backline was terrible at marking all day, and the keeper behind it made a couple of major mistakes as well. On the fifth goal, Miazga played a poor, bouncing ball back to keeper Remko Pasveer, who slipped before letting an attacker steal the ball for an easy tap in. It wasn’t fully Miazga’s fault, but just as the defense did all day, he put his teammate in a bad spot. Miazga did win five aerials and three tackles, but it was far too little.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
For the second straight week, Moore appeared for the reserves, playing 90 minutes for Atletico Levante in a 1-1 draw with CD Castellon.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich played twice for Telstar this week and came up critical in the second. He didn’t find the net on Friday in a 3-2 loss to Helmond, but he did tally a brace in a 3-2 win over Almere City on Monday. Novakovich scored his side’s second and third goals (at the time making it 3-0) in a seven-minute flury early in the second half. The first was a thing of beauty, too, as Novakovich redirected a cross on the first time across the goalie and off the far post and
Erik Palmer-Brown (KV Kortrijk, on loan from Manchester City, Jupiler League)
Palmer-Brown was an unused sub as Kortrijk beat Sporting Charleroi 2-0.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks made just his third appearance of the season for Benfica this week, coming on with seven minutes to play and his side up by the final 2-0 scoreline against Aves. He was decently active, completing two dribbles and winning an aerial, and he impressed during his short stint on the pitch. At the very least, it is good to see him in line to be selected, and more positive performances only increase the likelihood that increased playing time will follow.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne is still recovering from an abdominal injury that kept him out for the end of 2017. He still hasn’t returned to the Excelsior side.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, on loan from Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief played 90 minutes for Anderlecht, who someout beat Royal Antwerp 2-1 despite being reduced to 10 men on three minutes and finishing with nine. He didn’t play a part in either tally but worked his tail off as the side earned three improbable points.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
After exiting last week’s match just after the halftime restart, Siebatcheu was absent from the Reims squad that beat the club the striker spent last season with, Chateauroux, by a 4-0 margin. A few sources are indicating that Siebatcheu missed out due to injury, although there’s no news on just what that issue is or how much time he’ll miss. As always, watch this space for further updates as they come.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tours’ scheduled match with Valenciennes was postponed due to the tragic passing of one of the club’s youth players, 18-year-old Thomas Rodriguez.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Torres did not make the Lokeren squad that lost 2-0 to Zulte-Waregem on Sunday.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah moves into our senior list after making his second league appearance for PSG, coming on as a 71st-minute substitute in a 5-0 win over Metz. The 18-year-old came on in the 71st minute with PSG up 4-0, and while he wasn’t involved in their final tally, he did threaten during his time on the pitch, recording one shot that required a smart save late and one tackle. He didn’t make the squad for the midweek Champions League loss to Real Madrid, but even with PSG’s continental campaign over, Weah could be in line for some domestic minutes moving forward.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann was absent from Hertha this week, not appearing for any of their sides.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Sargent was also out of Bremen’s second and third sides this week.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young, however, subbed in for Werder II and played 20 minutes in a goalless draw with Zwickau.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott went the distance for Koln II in a 2-2 draw with their counterparts from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague started and played 82 minutes for Schalke U-19s in a 4-2 derby win over Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 side.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman played 71 minutes for Bayern II in a 2-1 win over Augsburg II.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey played twice as a right wing-back for Fulham’s PL2 side, going 86 minutes in a 3-0 win over Norwich and the full 90 in a loss to Wolves by the same scoreline. He was a consistent threat in both games with his crossing, and one ball into the box forced a defensive mistake that led directly to the Cottagers’ second against Norwich.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
After exiting from United’s PL International Cup match with Villarreal due to a hamstring injury, Olosunde did not feature during the Red Devils’ 2-1 Premier League 2 win over Liverpool.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott played 86 minutes and tallied the assist on the only goal of the game as Chelsea’s PL2 side defeated West Ham 1-0.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale started and played 59 minutes in the Villarreal C team’s 2-0 win over Olimpic de Xativa.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez was an unused substitute in Livorno’s 2-0 win over Giana Erminio.