Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron was integral to Stoke earning four points this week, going 90 minutes in both a 1-0 win over Newcastle and a 1-1 draw at Chelsea. Playing center back against the Magpies, Cameron had five tackles, one a potential goal saver, earning a 7.4 whoscored.com rating. He wasn’t quite as good at Stamford Bridge while playing right back on the weekend, but the 30-year-old got forward often
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
As Villa’s miserable season nears its inevitably disappointing conclusion, Guzan seems to have won his starting keeper job back after a couple of months on the bench, but that’s not necessarily a great thing given Villa’s porous defense. Against Everton on Tuesday, he was beaten three times, two of which he could have done a bit better on (although Aaron Lennon’s shot through Guzan’s legs as he moved across the goal was a tough one to stop). Then, playing away to the league’s joint-top-scorers Manchester City, Guzan made five saves, a few of the spectacular variety, but he could do little about City’s 4-0 win. Three of the goals were virtually unsavable, and the other was a rocket from Sergio Aguero that snuck inside Guzan’s near post. If Guzan is back in the lineup for the foreseeable future, he should expect to be very busy behind a miserable back line.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard was on the bench for Everton twice this week, and his time in Liverpool appears to be ending, with Howard strongly linked to a move to MLS’s Colorado Rapids. The agreement could be announced in the near future with the MLS back from its offseason.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
After not being selected for the midweek win over Norwich, Miazga was on the bench for Chelsea’s draw with Stoke. It seems like a club debut is only a short time away for the young centerback.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Back in the fold at Sunderland, Yedlin made a big difference this week as the Black Cats moved out of the relegation zone with two huge draws. He struggled a bit defensively in the midweek 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, but Yedlin was integral in each of Sunderland’s goals. First, he broke up an Eagles counter-attack with a tackle in the offensive half, and Dame N’Doye scored seconds later. Then, with his team down a goal in the 90th minute, Yedlin earned his first assist in English football, passing to Fabio Borini, who lashed a terrific strike from a narrow angle to tie the game. It wasn’t a fantastic assist, but it was a good moment nonetheless for the right back. He was also effective, if not spectacular, on the weekend in a 1-1 tie with Southampton, and the 22-year-old will likely continue to earn playing time in Sunderland’s fight for safety.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Though he still hasn’t cracked the first team, Carter-Vickers seems close, especially with Jan Vertonghen still out with a knee injury. He did not play for Tottenham’s U-21s last week in a 1-1 draw with Reading, but there’s no news about any injuries online, so we’ll keep an eye on him over the next couple of weeks.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem has slipped away from Rangers’ starting squad, and he wasn’t on the bench for either of their wins this week.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
David Martin returned to Dons’ lineup this weekend, casting Cropper back to the bench and pitching a shutout against QPR.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman was an unused substitute in Fulham’s 2-2 draw with Reading on the weekend.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
On the other hand, Ream was not in Fulham’s 18-man roster, and he seems to be falling fast on the depth chart at Craven Cottage.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj went a full 90 minutes this week, but Forest fell to a fourth straight defeat, a 1-0 loss at Ipswich. The fullback had a relatively poor showing by his standards, making one tackle and winning one aerial duel, but he’s been a near-ever-present for Forest this season.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Holmes was an unused sub in a 2-0 loss to Derby on the weekend.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading’s U-21s played twice this week, with Novakovich starting Monday’s loss to Chelsea after sitting on the bench for a draw with Spurs. The forward put one shot off the woodwork, but did nothing else of note for the Royals.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Still working back to full fitness after an injury, Williams was an unused substitute in Reading’s aforementioned tie with Fulham.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
It was a mixed week for Brooks, as the centerback’s Berlin squad beat Eintracht 2-0 in the midweek, but fell by the same score to Hamburg on the weekend. Brooks was impressive in the victory, winning two tackles and five aerials on his way to an 8.0 whoscored.com rating. But it was a completely different story in the loss, as he had just two aerials and zero tackles won, and his backline gave up a pair of goals. In both fixtures however, Brooks was above the 83 percent passing mark, which is a very good sign for the defender.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler seems to have been dropped far away from the Eintracht, squad as he wasn’t on the 18-man roster for either their aforementioned loss to Hertha or their 1-1 weekend draw with Ingolstadt.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
The youngster started and played 72 minutes for the reserve squad in a 1-0 loss to Wacker Burghausen. Though he wasn’t on the score sheet like last week, when he scored a brace, Green continues to get quality minutes for Bayern’s reserves.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Bremen smacked up Bayer Leverkusen and Hannover by identical 4-1 scorelines last week, but Johannsson wasn’t in the 18-man roster, as he remains injured. Given the potency of the offense recently, he might have to work extra hard to make his way back in.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson recorded a pair of assists this week, the first coming in a 4-0 win over Stuttgart (where he logged a full shift) and the second in a 2-1 defeat to Wolfsburg (in which he played 80 minutes). In the midweek, Johnson made his way to the end of an over-the-top ball and took a magnificent touch around a defender before squaring to Thorgan Hazard for a tap-in. Then, on the weekend, with his team down 2-0 early, Johnson fed a decent through ball to Raffael, who did fantastically to blast the ball past the keeper from a very tight angle. Unfortunately for Gladbach, it would be their only
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
After reports of his potential departure from the club last week, Kiesewetter didn’t make the squad in either of Stuttgart II’s matches this week, a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen II and a 1-1 draw with Chemnitzer FC.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales did not feature in Ingolstadt’s second and third consecutive 1-1 draws, against FC Cologne and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was not on the 18-man roster for either Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Darmstadt or their 0-0 draw in Der Klassiker with Bayern Munich.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains sidelined with an injury as his squad won 3-1 against FC Heidenheim and lost 2-1 to Freiburg.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Wood didn’t play in a midweek 2-0 loss to Greuther Furth, but he broke out on the weekend, scoring twice in a 4-0 win over FSV Frankfurt. Wood converted a 29th-minute penalty before smashing a rebound into an empty net six minutes later. They weren’t the prettiest goals, but the brace again shows Wood’s growing prowess, which will hopefully attract some bigger clubs come summer.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was deployed twice this week for Sandhausen, coming on as a sub with 30 minutes to play in a 2-0 loss to Nuremberg before starting and playing 83 minutes in a 3-2 loss to 1860 Munich. Though neither of the results went his way, and he picked up a yellow in the second contest, the Yank remains around the squad, even if he’s not always a guaranteed starter.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Nantes’ and Bedoya’s great runs of form came to a screeching halt this week in a 3-2 extra time Coupe de France loss to Sochaux and a 4-1 demolition at the hands of Rennes on the weekend, with the American logging a full 210 minutes. The Cup loss really stings, as Nantes took a 1-0 lead into the last five minutes before conceding and ultimately losing in a wild extra-time period. Bedoya did little in that fixture and less on the weekend, when he recieved just a 6.3 whoscored.com rating, though he did record three shots.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
After falling out of the Europa League last weekend, Horvath and Molde will be fully focused on Tromso, who they begin their Tippeligaen season against on March 13.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne watched from the stands, but it might have been for the better, as Groningen got smacked 3-0 by PSV.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin remains out with a foot injury that should keep him out at least a week or so longer. Meanwhile, Utrecht had a great week, advancing to the KNVB Cup Final by defeating VVSB 3-0 before whacking Heerenveen 4-0 in the Eredivisie.