Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After making his return to the pitch last weekend, Cameron was back in Stoke’s starting lineup Saturday and showed why he deserves to stay there in a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough. Deployed as a defensive midfielder, Cameron was one of a number of standouts for the Potters, filling out the stat sheet to earn a 7.7 whoscored.com match rating. The 31-year-old had one late shot saved, completed two dribbles, won two aerials and two tackles, and recorded three clearances and two interceptions while finishing with 73 touches, second-most on the pitch. It was an excellent return for the versatile veteran, who should find himself in the Stoke squad barring injury moving forward after his excellent showing.
Carter-Vickers wasn’t picked for Spurs’ senior or U-23 squads this week.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch didn’t make Sunderland’s senior side that lost to Manchester City 2-0 on Sunday, but he was included in the U-23 lineup that lost 3-1 to Manchester United on Monday and played the full 90 minutes. He wasn’t involved in the Black Cats’ lone goal, which came in the dying embers of the contest, but the attacking midfielder was one of the most dangerous Sunderland players throughout the game, seeing one good chance saved and hitting the outside of the post with another decent shot. The 21-year-old will hope to break back into the Sunderland senior squad in the coming weeks as the Black Cats try to fight their way out of the relegation zone.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Once again, Guzan was an unused substitute for Boro in their aforementioned defeat to Stoke. He will hope to get back onto the pitch when Middlesbrough gets back to FA Cup action this weekend against Manchester City.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
In United’s previously mentioned win over Sunderland’s U-23s, Olosunde lined up at his usual spot as a fullback and went 82 minutes for the Red Devils. He wasn’t too involved in the game, but Sunderland’s only goal came after Olosunde was substituted, so the defender — who turns 19 Tuesday — can certainly take confidence from his defensive showing.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi didn’t appear for either Forest’s senior or U-23 side this week as he continues to acclimate himself to his new club.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
As usual, Lichaj started and went the distance at right back for Forest in a massive 3-0 win over high-flying Brighton that has given the club some breathing room on the bottom three. The 28-year-old had a fairly quiet day, missing the target with his only shot while recording one dribble and one tackle. He did, however, have four clearances and 48 touches of the ball, second-most in his squad on a day in which Forest were dominated in possession but found a way to keep a clean sheet and earn a critical three points.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
While Fulham earned a big 3-1 win over Preston, Ream had a mediocre day in his usual role as the Cottagers’ left-sided center back. He completed a team-high 91 percent of his passes and made two tackles, but he had a quiet day otherwise and was one of a few Fulham defenders who failed to react quick enough to deny Tom Barkhuizen from getting Preston back in the game with the side’s only goal in the 68th minute. Regardless, Ream will be satisfied with his team earning an important victory that keeps the Cottagers in seventh place, five points back of a promotion playoff berth.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams made a notable impact despite not playing his best game as Reading snapped their two-game skid with a critical 2-1 win over Wolves. With the game still scoreless early in the second half, Williams let loose a low drive from outside the penalty area that teammate Yann Kermorgant diverted past Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme to put the Royals ahead. Moments later, however, he lost track of Wolves winger Ben Marshall as he made a late run into the box and restored parity almost immediately. Williams did pass at a tidy 86 percent in the contest and record three dribbles, and he’ll certainly claim the assist as Reading got a big win, even if it wasn’t a great showing from midfielder.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Twice this week, Novakovich appeared for Reading’s U-23 side, first in a 4-1 Premier League Cup win over Stoke and then in a 5-1 PL2 defeat to Liverpool. He was a 63rd-minute substitute and didn’t make a major impact in the latter, but in the win over the Potters, Novakovich was excellent, scoring twice in the first half from breakaways in which he did well to break through Stoke’s backline. The young striker continues to make his presence felt for the youth sides, and while Reading remain in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League, Novakovich will continue to wait in the wings and help the U-23 side.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin played twice this week as Newcastle solidified their spot atop the Championship and moved five points clear with wins over second-place Brighton and third-place Huddersfield. He was an 81st-minute substitute against Huddersfield and tallied one tackle and one aerial win, but against Brighton, Yedlin started in his usual right-back spot and went the full 90 minutes. In addition to getting a yellow card, the 23-year-old won a team-high five tackles and finished with a team-high 82 touches, although he also committed three fouls. Still, it was an all-around solid week for the defender as his side got six huge points to gain some cushion in the fight for promotion.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Scunthorpe dropped to third place this week after suffering a pair of damaging home losses, first a 2-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon in which Holmes played 90 minutes and then a 2-0 loss to Fleetwood in which he came off the bench for the final 20. Holmes was one of the more dangerous Scunthorpe attackers against Wimbledon, although he couldn’t help his team earn a point, and he didn’t play much of a role on the weekend. The Iron are now on a seven-game winless run and have dropped out of the automatic promotion spots and behind Fleetwood, who themselves haven’t lost in 18 League One games.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd was a 78th-minute substitute as Darmstadt fell 2-0 at Werder Bremen. The striker entered the fray moments after his side went behind to a Max Kruse penalty and struggled to make an impact, putting his only shot attempt wide of the net from long range while touching the ball only five times.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Despite putting in a solid performance, Brooks couldn’t do much to help Hertha nab a result in a 1-0 loss to Hamburg. The center back made six interceptions and won three tackles and two aerials while helping hold his good friend and international teammate Bobby Wood without a shot, and he could do nothing about Hamburg’s lone goal of the game in the 77th minute. Still, it was a tough loss for Hertha, who fell four points behind Hoffenheim and the final Champions League qualification spot.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler played 180 minutes for Eintracht this week with mixed results. First, he helped his side earn a place in the DfB-Pokal semifinals, going the distance and keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld. However, on the weekend, Chandler didn’t make much of an impact as Eintracht suffered a damaging 2-1 home loss to Freiburg, finishing with just one shot off target and one tackle. He was also caught too far upfield on Florian Niederlechner’s second goal of the contest in the second half, which proved to be the winner as Eintracht fell to six points back of a Champions League place.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
As has been the case most weeks of late, Johannsson was an unused substitute for Bremen in their aforementioned 2-0 win over Darmstadt. It was Bremen’s third win in a row and took the side into 14th place, two points clear of the relegation playoff spot and seven out of an automatic relegation position.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson appeared twice this week for Gladbach, and while he only played the last 15 minutes of their midweek cup win over Hamburg, he was exceptional on the weekend, scoring twice in a 4-2 win over Schalke. Against Schalke, Johnson opened the scoring when he neatly tucked home a hard, low Patrick Herrmann cross. After Schalke equalised, Johnson popped up again early in the second half, playing a beautiful backheel to teammate Lars Stindl before continuing his run and receiving the ball back
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales played 87 minutes for Ingolstadt, who were smacked 5-2 by Hoffenheim. The midfielder himself was well off the pace, passing at just 52 percent while recording a single tackle. He and his teammates are going to need to play much better if they want any chance of surviving.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
After coming on for an injured Marco Reus in the 44th minute, Pulisic helped Dortmund build on their 2-0 lead, scoring and assisting in the second half en route to a 6-2 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen. With his side up 3-2, Pulisic made a darting run into the area and redirected Erik Durm’s cross into the far corner of the net to provide some breathing room for Dortmund. Then, in stoppage time, Pulisic pounced on a loose ball in the area and slipped it to Raphael Guerrero, who finished off the move and the fixture. Maybe more importantly for Pulisic than the way he played, however, was the injury to Reus. When Reus was out earlier in the year, Pulisic found himself in the starting lineup frequently, but that changed when the German attacker returned. Reus is now expected to be out until April, and Dortmund have some critical fixtures coming, including a second-leg Champions League tie with Benfica, which the youngster is now much more likely to feature in. In another team-related note,
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood started twice for Hamburg, in the aforementioned 2-1 cup loss and the critical 1-0 league win over Hertha Berlin. Against Gladbach in the Dfb-Pokal, Wood tallied a consolation goal in the 90th minute, impressively pulling down a punted ball from the keeper before shaking two defenders and beating the Gladbach stopper to the far post. In truth, if the goal had any sort of meaning, it probably would have gotten a lot more attention. On the weekend, Wood was decent as his side snuck past Hertha. The striker had four dribbles and three aerials against a solid Hertha backline, and though he couldn’t make an impact on the scoresheet, he did win the ball on the play that led to the only goal of the game that secured the points. Hamburg now sits in the relegation playoff on goal differential only and has a nice five-point buffer over the automatic relegation places.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was an unused sub for Bochum, who lost 2-1 to Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green was an unused sub in Stuttgart’s 1-1 draw with Eintracht Braunschweig.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter also did not appear in the aforementioned Hoffenheim-Bochum contest.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten did not make the 18-man roster for Sandhausen, who drew 2-2 with FC Heidenheim.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath continues to ride the pine for his new club, which lost 2-1 to Genk.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman was again massive for Rangers in the midweek, scoring a 90th-minute winner against St. Johnstone. With his side down to 10 men and having just conceded an equalizer, Hyndman chested down a headed cross and struck his half-volley low and hard between a defender’s legs and past the outstretched keeper to steal all three points at the deaths. Hyndman also played 82 minutes on the weekend in a 6-0 Scottish Cup rout of Hamilton Academy –– which has put Rangers into the semi-finals against Celtic –– but despite the crooked scoreline, the midfielder did not do much of note.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen started and played 77 minutes for Hearts in a 1-0 loss to Ross County. The striker had a couple of chances on the day, but couldn’t keep his shots low enough to find the target, and his side ultimately paid the price as they could not find a breakthrough. Hearts sit in fourth place and are eight points out of third and Europa League qualification.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen did not feature in Hearts’ aforementioned loss.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga played decently well against PEC Zwolle on the weekend, but his team as a hole was poor as Vitesse fell 3-1. The center back won six aerials on the day and finished with a 6.9 whoscored rating, which isn’t too impressive but was third-best on his team. The 21-year-old also picked up a yellow card in the contest.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was subbed on in the 89th minute of Groningen’s 1-1 draw with Ajax. The defender was able to help his side see out a quality 1-1 tie with the Dutch juggernaut.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez was not in the Fiorentina 18-man roster which played to a goalless draw with Atalanta.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Châteauroux did not play this week and will return to action against Belfort on March 7.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko played the final 10 minutes for Vaduz, who were able to get a surprising draw with Swiss league leaders Basel. Stanko didn’t do much, but his side should take confidence that they might actually be able to escape 10th place (the only relegation spot), which they are only in on goal differential at the moment. Vaduz are just the fourth team all year to take points off of Basel in the league.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem played the last 15 minutes of VVV Venlo’s goalless draw with Jong FC Utrecht, though he could not help his team find a winner in his time on the pitch.