There are two more new names on our list this week as one former MLS stalwart (and US international) signed with a Scottish team, while another young player in Germany made a first-team debut. Additionally, while you can read more about those players below, there was one more player not on our list, 18-year-old fullback Matthew Olosunde, who made waves this week in Europe, signing with Manchester United and debuting for their youth team. We’ll keep an eye on Olosunde moving forward as a potential future name for the list.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Despite Stoke losing 2-1 to Southampton, Cameron was one of the best players on the field for the Potters, passing at an 84 percent clip and recieving a 7.2 whoscored.com rating (best on the squad). On top of that, he made a last-ditch tackle on Dusan Tadic that saved a goal which would have killed off the game just
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
There’s no doubt much of Guzan’s struggles this year can be attested to the horrendous backline that Villa possesses. Though they weren’t terrible this week, they did slip up twice in a 2-0 loss to Spurs, but Guzan should take none of the blame. In fact, the American was one of the best players in his squad this weekend, posting six solid saves, including a few of high quality, and, like Cameron, recieving the highest whoscored.com rating on his side, an impressive 8.0. It’s a positive to see him back in the lineup after he temporarily lost his job mid-season, and performances like this should keep him there for the rest of the season, which probably seems to be dragging on forever at Villa Park.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard watched from the bench as Everton defeated Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup to advance to the semi-finals.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
Miazga fared worse than Howard, not cracking the Blues’ 18-man roster in the aforementioned loss.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Sunderland did not play this week, as their Premier League matchup with Everton was delayed due to the Toffees’ FA Cup quarter-final appearance.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Again, Carter-Vickers was close to making his way into a first-team fixture, as he sat on the bench during Spurs’ Europa League drubbing at Dortmund.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem again missed Rangers’ game, a 3-1 win over Greenock Morton.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Though Cropper sat for Dons’ first game of the week, a goalless draw with Charlton, he was subbed on after 70 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Hull City following a hamstring injury to starter David Martin. He kept the Tigers at bay for the final 20 minutes and made a good save as well. With Martin out, coach Karl Robinson has said that Cropper will be in net against Brighton next weekend.
Hyndman did not make the 18-man roster in a 3-2 loss to Burnley and watched from the bench on the weekend as Fulham fell to Bristol City 2-1. He continues to be close to breaking through, but hasn’t been rewarded with minutes lately, and looks likely to leave when his contract expires in the summer.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Though he didn’t pay during the midweek loss, Ream did log his first minutes in a while, as he came on as a sub with 15 minutes to play against Bristol City. Unfortunately, Bristol was able to snatch a winner in the 90th minute, which is not a good sign for the defender.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Per usual, Lichaj took up a starting spot at right back for Forest and logged 180 minutes during a 1-0 win over Preston and a 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday. He was solid in the win with four tackles, although not passing all that well, but the opposite was true on the weekend, when he passed at 89 percent but his backline allowed three tallies. The win was crucial for Forest, however, as it's their first in their last six games, which is a run of form they desperately needed to break.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Huddersfield were involved in a pair of 3-1 results this week, the first of which was a win over Reading which Holmes watched from the bench, and the second being a loss Burnley which the Yank missed entirely.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich didn’t start for the U21s, who defeated their counterparts from Everton 2-0.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was back in the Reading squad twice this week, as he played 90 minutes in the aforementioned loss to Holmes’ Huddersfield side and then came on as a sub in Reading’s 2-0 FA Cup loss to Crystal Palace. He didn’t play great in the midweek, but given it was his first game back from injury, he should get plenty of opportunity to get back to his best. On the weekend, he only played the final 20 minutes, which were rough, as that’s when Palace did their damage (though controversially), but the winner, which came on a penalty, was not Williams’ fault in the slightest. Most importantly, it’s good to see the stalwart back in the lineup, where he should be from now until the end of season barring another injury.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
In a critical 2-0 win over Schalke, Brooks was one of a number of standout performers for Hertha Berlin as the capital club moved four points ahead of the side it beat in the race for Champions League football. The center back completed 90 percent of his passes, made a game-high six clearances, had three interceptions, and recorded three blocks for Hertha. The German club surprisingly sits in third place in the
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler remains firmly out of the picture for Eintracht, whose season is spiraling towards disaster. After a 3-0 loss to Monchengladbach this weekend, Eintracht sits in 16th place, the relegation playoff spot, though they’re level on points with 17th place Hoffenheim following an eighth consecutive game without a win.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Bayern’s reserves beat Schalding-Heining 2-0 this weekend in Regionalliga play, with Green coming on as a 68th minute substitute with both goals having already been scored. However, the bigger news regarding Green this week was that of possible interest from Italian superpower AC Milan. According to a report from highly regarded Italian football site Calcio Mercato, Milan are said to want the young winger, who could be available for less than 2 million Euros. It’ll be interesting to see if Bayern are willing to part with a prospect they developed, but, as the report notes, Green’s contract runs out after next season, so this summer could be the time for the Bavarians to move him on if they want something in return.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Bremen’s two-game winning streak came to an abrupt end in a 5-0 massacre at Bayern, and Johannsson remains out with the hip injury that ruined his debut Bundesliga campaign. He could, however, be ready to return in the next few weeks, as the striker is back in training and is working towards full match fitness.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson wasn’t quite as busy in the attack this week, as he was pushed back a bit against Eintracht, but he was still effective in a 3-0 win. Playing as the right midfielder in a 3-4-3 formation, Johnson completed 71 percent of his passes and won two aerial duels and a tackle before being subbed off in the closing stages with his team comfortably ahead. It’s been a fantastic season for Johnson, and he’ll play a major role in Gladbach’s push for a second consecutive Champions League berth over the next few months.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter remains out of the first-team picture for Stuttgart, and he hasn’t been seen with the reserves recently either, as he was not in the side for a 3-1 win over Fortuna Cologne.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Similarly, Morales has fallen out of favor at Ingolstadt, as the midfielder was not picked for Ingolstadt’s 3-3 draw with Stuttgart. The 25-year-old has not started a game since January and has not appeared in any of Ingolstadt’s last five Bundesliga contests, a run in which the club is unbeaten. He may have a tough time getting back into the squad with Ingolstadt playing well of late.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic’s time with the senior squad appears to have reached a temporary hiatus, as the 17-year-old was again not selected for either Dortmund’s Europa League win over Spurs or their Bundesliga one over Mainz.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim)
A 20-year-old midfielder from Pennsylvania, Canouse was promoted to Hoffenheim’s first team late last week by young coach Julian Nagelsmann, and he made his debut Saturday in a massive 1-0 win over Wolfsburg. The U-20 World Cup veteran made nine passes, had two clearances, and recorded one interception, but most importantly he helped his team keep a clean sheet as they pulled even with Eintracht in the relegation playoff spot, with safety just three points further ahead. While it’s unclear how much of a role Canouse will play in Hoffenheim’s journey for Bundesliga safety, it’s evident that he’s a big part of Nagelsmann’s plans moving forward if the manager decided to hand the youngster a debut with his team ahead by a goal in a critical fixture against an attacking side like Wolfsburg. Look for plenty more on Canouse in the coming weeks.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains sidelined with a long-term knee injury as his promotion-chasing squad won 2-1 over 1860 Munich. He should be in line for a return before the end of the season, but the timing remains uncertain.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
For the second game in a row, Wood converted a penalty for Union, this one in the 61st minute, although hosts Duisburg came from behind to steal all three points. Wood’s Union side are languishing in 10th in the 2. Bundesliga, but the Hawaii native is third in the division with 13 goals this season, a tally that could attract the attentions of some top-flight clubs this summer.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Sandhausen ended a four-game skid this week with a 1-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf, and Wooten played a small part in the result, keeping the ball alive in a 78th minute scramble that led to Denis Linsmayer scoring the only goal of the game. Wooten then picked up a late yellow card before being subbed off in stoppage time.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
After sitting out a midweek draw with Bastia, Bedoya returned to the right wing for Nantes on the weekend and was solid in a 2-0 win over Angers. With the game still scoreless, Bedoya had a terrific half-volley saved spectacularly and a header that also needed stopping in the immediate aftermath. Later, with his side up 1-0, Bedoya played an easy pass to Birama Toure, who proceeded to assist on Emiliano Sala’s second goal as the Canaries won for the first
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath was in goal for Molde’s season-opening 1-1 draw with Tromso. The 20-year-old conceded in the 70th minute to Aron Sigurdarson between his legs and also had a nervous moment with a misplaced pass, so he’ll look to improve in the next few weeks as the season really gets going.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts)
Our second new addition, Kitchen — a 24-year-old midfielder who spent the past five seasons as a key figure for DC United — signed with Scottish side Hearts last week, putting pen to paper on a long-rumored deal, and he debuted as a 73rd minute substitute in a 1-0 win over Dundee. Kitchen didn’t have a huge hand in the win, but with Hearts in third place, seven points behind league-leading Celtic, he could play a part in a championship challenge over the remainder of the season.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne was not selected for Groningen in a 2-1 loss to Excelsior.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin finally returned to Utrecht’s first-team setup this week, making the lineup for a 2-2 draw with ADO Den Haag. He remained on the bench during the fixture, but he’ll likely return to action in the near future after missing a significant portion of the season with a foot injury.