Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Stoke’s only game this week came on Wednesday against Manchester City, and Cameron played well in the goalless draw. The center midfielder didn’t light up the stat sheet, but he did make a couple of dangerous run forward that had City fans worrying while providing solid defense in front of the backline. With Mark Hughes playing a 4-4-2, Cameron and his midfield partner Joe Allen were out numbered by the
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes for Spurs’ U-23 side on Monday in a 4-0 win over Reading. Not much info about the match is available, but a clean sheet is always a good sign for a center back.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Sunderland were off this week with their scheduled league opponent, Middlesbrough, participating in the FA Cup, and Gooch was not selected for the U-23 side that drew Leicester.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan got the FA Cup start for Boro and played well in their 2-0 loss to Manchester City. The keeper couldn’t do anything on either of the Citizens’ tallies and made an impressive eight saves during the contest, a few of which were particularly impressive. If he hadn’t been on his game, the scoreline could have been much more crooked. Still, Boro are out of the Cup, and Guzan’s involvement for the rest of his final season in England will likely be very limited.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde started and logged a full shift for United’s U-23s in a 3-3 draw with Southampton. Olosunde was critical in the fixture despite being part of a defense that conceded three goals, winning a penalty kick in the second half that put United up 3-2. They couldn’t hold the lead, but the defender's attacking prowess is a positive to take away from the match.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi played 80 minutes for Forest’s reserve side in a
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played twice this week for Forest in a pair of losses, to Brentford and Burton. In the former, which ended 3-2, Lichaj was actually solid despite the poor display from the defense, completing four tackles and three dribbles. But, in the 1-0 loss on the weekend, the outside back struggled to get anything going and was withdrawn with 25 minutes to play. Forest need to be careful, as they are just two points above the relegation zone and need to turn things around quickly.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream had a week to forget personally for Fulham, as in his two games for the Cottagers, he conceded an own goal and missed a penalty. However, his side still got a win and a draw from two games against promotion-chasing sides in its own bid to stir up the battle atop the Championship. Just five minutes into their midweek contest with Leeds, Ream mis-kicked a clearance and sliced the ball past his keeper to put Fulham in an early hole. The center back recovered well and had a solid remainder of his game, including a 92 percent passing accuracy rate, and he was undoubtedly relieved when the Cottagers snagged a 94th-minute equalizer. On the weekend, Ream also did well despite his gaffe, holding Newcastle’s attack to just one goal and 11 shots in the 3-1 victory over the leaders. However, when Ryan Sessegnon was scythed down in the box in stoppage time, Ream stepped up instead of the 16-year-old who was on a hattrick — reportedly on his manager’s orders — and missed the frame completely with his penalty. The win was the important part, though, as Fulham can jump into the top six with a win in their game in hand.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre logged a full shift for Fulham’s PL 2 outfit in a 1-1 draw with West Brom. Similar to Ariyibi, the winger didn’t have an impact on the score sheet but he caused a lot of problems for the Baggies defense, particularly in the first half. The youngster looks to be full of confidence as his season winds down.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was twice used as a sub this week for Reading, in a goalless draw with Newcastle and a 3-0 loss to Preston. Williams was brought on at halftime against the Magpies, and though his 96 percent passing was clinical, he didn’t make any other real impact on the game. Then, on the weekend, Williams was sent on in the 33rd minute with his side down a goal, but he could not make the positive impact Reading needed to get back in the game. He did again pass exceptionally at 89 percent and complete three dribbles, but the 3-0 scoreline speaks louder than
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich did not feature in Reading’s aforementioned U-23 loss to Tottenham.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
It was a tough week for Yedlin as it was announced that he picked up a thigh injury in their win last week, which caused Rafa Benitez to hold him out of both Newcastle fixtures this week. The injury does not appear to be too serious (a couple weeks’ recovery most likely), but it could be enough to keep him out of the USMNT’s vital qualifying fixtures later this month.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was in the 18-man squad twice this week for Scunthorpe, but only made the pitch in a 2-1 loss to Charlton. The winger started and played just over an hour before being removed with his side down 1-0, but he clearly was not able to have the impact on the fixture he wanted. Holmes then watched from the bench as Scunthorpe fell 3-2 to Gillingham on the weekend. Scunthorpe is wavering with five straight losses and are in danger of dropping out of the top six.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd was an unused sub in Darmstadt’s 2-1 win over Mainz.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks played a big role in Hertha’s Champions League push this week, holding a fiery Dortmund attack to just one tally in a 2-1 win. The center back didn’t do much of note during the game, but did win a couple aerials and, more importantly, locked down the fortress so that his attackers could get some crucial points. Hertha are still in fifth, but they are just two points out of fourth and three behind third-placed Dortmund.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler started and was unsurprisingly smothered in a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich. The right midfielder won three aerials, completed one dribble, and passed at an 81 percent clip, but that was not nearly enough to compete with the Bavarians. Frankfurt have lost five straight games and need to turn their form around very soon if they want to make good on their outside shot at a UCL place.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson continued to ride the bench as Werder drew Leverkusen 1-1.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After his outstanding showing last week, Johnson wasn’t as effective in a pair of contests this week. First, in a 1-1 Europa League draw with Schalke, Johnson couldn’t do much before being withdrawn on 65 minutes, finishing with the second-fewest touches of any Gladbach starter while getting dispossessed three times and caught offside three times. Then, on the weekend, the attacker was brought on in the 57th minute of a 1-1 game against Hamburg and failed to have a positive impact, finishing with just 12 touches and one tackle in a match Gladbach ultimately lost 2-1 (more on that in a bit). Despite his limited impact this week, Johnson should be a key component for the USMNT later this month, likely in the midfield if comments from Bruce Arena this week are to be believed.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Ingolstadt came from behind twice to earn a big point in a 2-2 draw with Cologne, with Morales playing 72 minutes before being subbed off. The midfielder had a poor game, however, missing the target with three of his four shot attempts and seeing the other blocked while also finishing with a joint-team-low 45 touches. He did win three aerials, but Morales couldn’t do much else of note for Ingolstadt, who now sit in 17th place, seven points adrift of safety.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Starting in place of the injured Marco Reus, Pulisic put forth an exceptional display in a critical match for Dortmund, tallying a goal and an assist as the Black-and-Yellows advanced in the Champions League with a 4-0 second-leg win over Benfica. The young winger was outstanding throughout the contest, heading on a corner kick that found its way to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the back post to level the tie in the fourth minute for an assist. Then, 15 minutes into the second half, the 18-year-old did very well to time his run and remain onside before lifting a calculated chip over the onrushing Benfica keeper to put Dortmund ahead. He would finish with four tackles and three successful dribbles in the contest as Dortmund advanced to the UCL quarterfinals. He failed to have the same impact on the weekend, entering the aforementioned loss to Hertha with all three goals already scored and having his only shot attempt
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
In Hamburg’s previously discussed win over Gladbach, Wood put in a man-of-the-match display, scoring the winning goal in the 80th minute — after having a goal disallowed for offsides early in the game — to cap an all-action performance. He finished with five shots, six dribbles, three aerials won, and three tackles, but the striker’s telling contribution came seconds after he was knocked down in the box as he popped up, controlled a drilled-in low ball, and faked out a Gladbach defender and the keeper before hammering a shot
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was a halftime sub for Bochum, playing the final 45 minutes of their 1-1 draw with Stuttgart. He didn’t make much of an impact in the contest outside of picking up a yellow card, touching the ball just 20 times as Stuttgart scored in the 70th minute to earn a point.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
In that same game, Green started and played 58 minutes before coming off. Despite finishing with a team-high five shots, the winger could put only one on target, and he completed just 16 passes in a fairly quiet display. Still, Stuttgart fought to earn a point and moved 10 points clear of second-place Union Berlin as they seek to return to the Bundesliga.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Once again, Kiesewetter was an unused substitute in a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten played the final 15 minutes of Sandhausen’s 1-1 draw with Greuther Furth. The attacker completed two dribbles and won a tackle in his time on the pitch, but Sandhausen conceded late and dropped two points as they remained in eighth place.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
As has been the case since his arrival in January, Horvath was an unused substitute in Bruges’ 2-2 draw against St. Truiden.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman played a major role in his first Old Firm Derby as Rangers equalized late to take a point away from Celtic Park in a 1-1 draw. Not only did he win the free kick that eventually led to the Rangers goal, but he nearly scored it himself as his low shot was parried very well by Craig Gordon, but only into the path of Clint Hill, who drew Rangers level in the 87th minute. It was part of another sterling display for the youngster, who was praised by Rangers fans on Twitter once again in what’s rapidly becoming a recurring theme during his loan stay in Scotland.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen was a 79th-minute substitute in a game Hearts already locked up. The Jam Tarts led 3-0 at the time of his arrival and secured the win by a 4-0 margin, although Johnsen wasn’t involved in the final goal.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen did not get off the bench in Hearts’ aforementioned victory.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
One of many standouts for Vitesse in a 5-0 win over Sparta Rotterdam, Miazga tallied an assist to score Vitesse’s fifth goal and a last-man tackle to preserve the clean sheet late on. In the 61st minute, the center back was first to a near-post corner kick, and his flick found defensive partner Guram Kashia to poke home. Miazga also tallied 10 clearances, won five aerials and three tackles, and passed at a 79 percent rate en route to a 9.0 whoscored.com rating, second-best in his side. He hasn’t yet scored an Eredivisie goal, but Miazga has cemented himself in the starting squad as Maikel van der Werff continues to recuperate from an injury and should see more time even when the veteran does return.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne played the first 45 minutes of Groningen’s 3-1 draw with Roda, coming off with his side down a goal. He had one shot off target, as well as two tackles and two aerial victories, but completed just 57 percent of his passes and was slow to react to Roda’s lone first-half goal. There’s no evidence that he was pulled off for
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez was not in the Fiorentina 18-man roster beat Cagliari 1-0.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu started two games for Châteauroux this week. He didn’t find himself on the scoresheet in either, a 1-0 win over Belfort and a 2-1 loss to Sedan. Still, Châteauroux remain locked in a battle atop the French third division, level with leaders Quevilly and a point up on third-place Dunkerque.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko came on for the final two minutes of Vaduz’s massive 2-1 win over Grasshopper Club. With the win, the midfielder’s side moved into ninth, out of Switzerland’s only relegation spot and within one point of eighth-place Grasshopper.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem played 30 minutes in VVV’s 4-1 win over Fortuna Sittard on Friday, but all five goals had already been scored by the time he entered the fray. On Monday, he remained on the bench as Venlo beat FC Den Bosch 2-0 to move 11 points clear of Jong Ajax atop the table.