Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played 180 minutes this week for Fulham, but after two more defeats, time is running short for the Cottagers. In their first loss, a 2-0 result at Southampton, Ream was caught out badly on Saints’ second goal, failing to sense the danger twice and allowing too much space in the buildup and then to the onrushing James Ward-Prowse, who tapped home a rebound. That loss led to the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri and the appointment of Scott Parker, but Ream’s week didn’t get better in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in which he was sucked out of position in the buildup to both Blues goals (his role in the first, on which a cross went right through where he should have been stationed, was worse than the second). The 31-year-old did pass at 89 percent against Saints and 90 percent against Chelsea, the latter of which he was much improved in overall, but that doesn’t wipe away the responsibility he had in three of the four goals his side conceded. With just nine games left, the
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Likewise, Huddersfield’s Premier League stay is getting closer to its conclusion, although the Terriers did find a way to nab their first win since November this week, beating Wolves 1-0. However, their weekend loss to Brighton further buries them in the table, as they’re now 13 points from safety. Williams remains sidelined due to injury and did not make the 18-man squad for either match.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Somewhat surprisingly after his excellent performance last weekend against Huddersfield, Yedlin was twice an unused substitute for Newcastle this week as they beat Burnley and lost to West Ham by identical 2-0 scorelines. His replacement, Javier Manquillo, was decent in both fixtures, too, which means that Yedlin may have a battle on his hands over the coming weeks as he attempts to scrap his way back into the starting lineup.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers returned to his best Saturday as hosts Swansea scrapped to eventually defeat Bolton 2-0 after the visitors had been shown two red cards. The center back was excellent in the win, passing at 95 percent, winning nine aerials, and successfully scrapped with a physical Bolton front line that resorted to a long-ball effort in the hopes of stealing a result while playing shorthanded. Carter-Vickers has come into his own over the past couple of months, and while Swansea still reside in the midtable and are seven points from a playoff place, the 21-year-old is winning admirers.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga went the distance again and again was solid as Reading nabbed a huge late win, beating Ipswich 2-1. The center back wasn’t responsible for the equalizer the Royals conceded in the 83rd minute before they grabbed a 90th-minute winner, while he tallied eight clearances and six aerial wins in a defensively sound performance. Reading remain in 21st and are undeniably mired in a relegation battle, but the win was huge as the side currently chasing them, Rotherham, won as well.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson still hasn’t returned to the Wigan matchday squad, though he reportedly was in contention to make the team that drew Middlesbrough 0-0 on Saturday. He could be back this week, during which Wigan faces Derby and Reading.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
After playing well as a substitute last weekend in a draw with Hoffenheim, Adams was back in the Leipzig starting XI and once again impressed as RB beat Nurnberg 1-0. The midfielder wasn’t quite as active as usual, but he did have four interceptions, two aerial wins, two dribbles, one shot, and a 75 percent pass completion rate. Most notably, Leipzig won and kept another clean sheet, which means they’ve outscored their opponents by a 13-1 margin with Adams on the pitch.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks will be happy to have found the net for the second time this season this week, but he’ll be unsatisfied with a 1-1 draw at home against Werder Bremen and the way Wolfsburg conceded the lead the big center back got for them. First, the good: the 26-year-old broke through an offside trap in the 54th minute to head home Maximilian Arnold’s free kick, and he also tallied two clearances and two interceptions while passing at 90 percent. However, Brooks was less than spectacular defensively, getting caught underneath the cross on Max Kruse’s goal,
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 scored a 96th-minute winner to beat Hoffenheim 3-2 this week, moving to within three points of a Champions League spot.
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. Interestingly, he told reporters this week that if he doesn’t extend his contract (which expires in the summer) with Bremen, he hopes to remain in Germany next year.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
In Bremen’s aforementioned draw with Wolfsburg, Sargent was an unused substitute. However, the bigger news this week for the 19-year-old striker was that he inked a long-term extension to his Werder contract, so unlike Johannsson, the young attacker is likely to remain in a Bremen shirt for the foreseeable future.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson’s two-week return to the Gladbach starting lineup proved short-lived as he was back on the bench for their 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich this week. The veteran did make an appearance as a substitute, entering in the 76th minute with the score sitting at 4-1. He recorded an interception and a tackle during his spell on the pitch, and he didn’t concede the penalty that Bayern’s final goal came from.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
No new news has come out about McKennie’s leg injury, but the midfielder did miss Schalke’s embarrasing 4-0 defeat to Fortuna Dusseldorf this week. His return is murky. There was, however, a report this week indicating that Schalke might be forced to sell the 20-year-old this summer due to a worsening financial situation, although it’s unclear whether that will indeed come to fruition.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright did not make the Schalke squad for their aforementioned hammering.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
After picking up a yellow card last week, Morales was suspended for the game against Schalke, but Dusseldorf got the job done on the road without him.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic remains sidelined for Dortmund with a muscular injury. No clear update as to a return date is available.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman remains out of the Nurnberg squad.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood went the distance for Hannover but realistically had a net negative impact for the side, which lost 5-1 to Stuttgart. Wood did little to fill the stat sheet going forward, not recording a shot while winning just one aerial dual, normally a strong suit of his game. On the flip side, he was dispossessed six times. Even though his side had a nearly equal share of possession, the forward couldn’t get anything going in the right direction.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green’s trip out against Wood’s parent club, Hamburg, couldn’t really have gone much worse. After a lackluster first half –– which my co-author got to enjoy from the stands –– Green was sent off midway through the second, picking up a second yellow card for a dive. He also did little to fill the stat sheet during his time on the pitch, and a 77 percent passing clip for a central midfielder isn’t exactly making headlines. Hamburg scored late to win 1-0.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is expected to miss about two months after suffering an injury on February 10. It’s therefore unlikely that he’ll return in time for either of Rennes’ Europa League Round of 16 matches against Arsenal.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Sittard fell 4-2 to a superior (fourth-placed) AZ Alkmaar side, but that wasn’t before Novakovich made his mark, scoring a go-ahead goal to put his side up 2-1 in stoppage time of the first half. Novakovich cut in on his right and was lucky to receive a deflection on his outside-the-box effort, which did enough to take it past the opposing keeper. The forward now has six goals and an assist in 18 starts and two substitute appearances for Sittard this season.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
After an amazing outing last week, Palmer-Brown regressed to the mean in a 4-1 loss to Vitesse. Despite being up 1-0 at halftime, NAC were smacked in the second period, and Palmer-Brown in particular won’t want to think about his performance on Vitesse’s second goal which opened up the game. The defender completely failed to mark his man on a free kick, allowing him to score at the back post. He was negatively involved in the third and fourth goals as well, though there was other blame to go around there. It’s pretty clear why NAC is at the bottom of the Eredivisie table.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Despite Celtic having two games this week, Weah logged just 10 minutes. Still, they were a critical 10, as he subbed on late in a 1-1 game against Hearts that Celtic would go onto win 2-1 at the deaths. Weah’s front post run cleared space for Odsonne Edouard to be picked out in the middle of the area, and he turned home the winner. After a bright start, Weah has been on the outside looking in lately for Celtic.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman was not in either of Bournemouth’s Premier League squads this week, but he has returned to the fold for the reserves over the past few weeks.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Likewise, Scott remains out of the Chelsea first-team picture, but he hasn’t been playing for the club’s reserves. A move looks like a must for the coming summer.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron is still very close to a return from injury, but he did not make the 18-man roster for either of QPR’s games this week, a 1-0 win over Leeds and a 3-0 loss to Brentford.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj started twice at left back for Hull this week, going the distance in a 2-1 win over Millwall (in which he picked up a yellow card and was involved in the buildup to Hull’s opener) and being taken off with a knock after 85 minutes in a 2-0 win over Birmingham.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes played 90 minutes for Derby but struggled alongside all of his Rams teammates in a 4-0 hammering they took at the hands of Aston Villa. He missed the target with his only shot attempt and generally struggled to trouble the Villa defense, though the same can be said of all of Derby’s attackers in the contest.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch returned from injury and came on in the 90th minute with Sunderland up 2-0 against Plymouth in a game that would end by that same scoreline.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi was taken off after 72 minutes with Motherwell locked in a 0-0 game with Kilmarnock that would end by that scoreline. He had one good effort saved in the match but didn’t have much of an impact otherwise.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George came on in the 69th minute, by which time all three goals in Regensburg’s 2-1 win over Heidenheim had already been scored.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson again did not feature for Sandhausen.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten played a relatively quiet 90 minutes as Sandhausen were hammered 3-0 at home against Erzgebirge Aue.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau subbed in with three minutes to play, and just minutes later Duisburg found a winner, beating Magdeburg 1-0. He was not the scorer, however.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford again was in the squad, but again did not make it off the bench as St. Pauli beat Paderborn 1-0.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
Shelton was a very late sub for Paderborn in their loss to Lankford’s St. Pauli. He played the final five minutes plus stoppage time for his first European appearance. More should follow.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore played 90 minutes for Atletico Levante in a 1-1 draw with Castellon.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath produced another clean sheet for Brugge this week. Their result, combined with a Genk draw, has them just six points behind the leaders.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was an unused sub for Kortrijk this week.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief did not make the squad for Anderlecht this week as he reportedly closes in on a move to FC Cincinnati. We’ll let you know if and when it becomes final.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne continues his bout as an unused sub for Excelsior.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall started and lasted 60 minutes in a Svenska Cup win over Falkenberg. Malmo, however, finished second in the group and did not quality for the last eight.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes played 180 minutes this week for Dundee, who played two matches against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. In the league, Dundee won 1-0, but in the quarterfinal of the Scottish Cup, Caley got the best of them, advancing with a 2-1 win.
A week after Sergino Dest trained with the Ajax senior side for the first time, Chris Gloster did the same with the Hannover first team for his first time. The 18-year-old left back has been talked up this season by the Hannover hierarchy, and there’s a possibility that he’ll get some chances next season, especially if the club is relegated to the second division. Elsewhere, Feyenoord midfielder Jamie Dunning, who has to this point only represented U.S. youth teams, was called into a Canadian U-17 camp this week, so that’s a situation to watch going forward. Charlie Kelman got a half-hour of work for the Southend senior side in a 3-0 defeat to 10-man Barnsley. Lastly, a handful of youngsters found the net at various youth levels this week: Zyen Jones, Sebastian Soto, and Blaine Ferri all scored, while Folarin Balogun did so three times for Arsenal’s U-18s against Norwich, bringing his total up to 16 goals in 13 games.
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)
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)