Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron put forth another very good showing in Stoke’s midfield as the Potters played to a scoreless draw with visiting West Ham. The 31-year-old filled out the stat sheet impressively, recording two shots (one blocked, one off target), two dribbles, a tackle, two interceptions, and five aerial wins while passing at a 79 percent rate. These numbers, along with Cameron helping his side earn a clean sheet, were enough to earn the veteran a 7.4 whoscored.com match rating, third-highest among Stoke’s outfield players. The Potters have won just one of their last eight games, but that’s through no fault of Cameron, who has been outstanding since returning from his lengthy injury layoff.
Carter-Vickers wasn’t included in either of Tottenham’s senior lineups this week, and the U-23s didn’t play. They return to action Thursday against Leicester City.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
After not making the squad for the midweek defeat to Middlesbrough, Gooch was an unused substitute for the Black Cats’ loss to Bournemouth that officially relegated Sunderland to the Championship. Sunderland’s U-23s were inactive outside of a friendly against a non-league side for which little information is available. The Black Cats will certainly be disappointed to drop down a division, but this could be a blessing in disguise for Gooch, who should be among those in line to see an uptick in playing time as Sunderland regroups in the Championship.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
With Victor Valdes still out injured, Guzan played 180 solid minutes for Boro this week and helped the side to four points in its bid to survive relegation. In the aforementioned 1-0 win over Sunderland, Guzan made four stops and kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in all competitions. On the weekend, he couldn’t repeat the trick, tallying two saves as Boro drew 2-2 with City, although he couldn’t really have done much different to prevent either of the Citizens’ tallies. Guzan has enjoyed a nice run in the team as his English career
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Once again, the United U-23s were inactive this week, and Olosunde did not appear in the senior squad for either of their draws, against Manchester City and Swansea.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi did not appear for any of Forest’s squads this week.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played 90 minutes as Forest lost 2-0 to QPR. The right back wasn’t at fault for either of QPR’s goals and tallied one shot, two aerial wins, and three tackles, but he didn’t carry enough of a threat as Forest suffered a damaging defeat. With one game to play, the Reds currently sit ahead of Blackburn — who occupy the last relegation place — on goal differential only, and even that is just a one-goal margin. Lichaj’s future is currently up in the air, as he has recently said he’s interested in extending his Forest contract, but whether or not that happens remains to be seen.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
As has become a trend, Ream went 90 minutes as Fulham secured an important result, this one a 1-1 draw with Brentford that all-but secures their spot in the Championship playoffs (barring a 13-goal swing on the final day). Ream wasn’t overly fantastic on the day, although he tallied five clearances, two interceptions, and a tackle while completing 92 percent of his passes, but that won’t matter much as Fulham prepares for a shot earning their way back into the Premier League.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
Fulham’s U-23 side was off this week, and de la Torre didn’t appear for either the senior squad or the U-18s.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was a 60th-minute substitute as Reading beat Wigan 1-0. The midfielder picked up a yellow card almost immediately after entering the contest, and he recorded one shot that was blocked and two interceptions among his 25 touches. The win keeps Reading in third place, although they could still fall into fifth depending on results on the final day; regardless, the Royals will be involved the Championship playoffs.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich did not play for the Reading U-23s or the senior side. The U-23s defeated Norwich 4-1 to earn their place in the final of the Premier League Cup against either Swansea or Portsmouth.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Four days after Newcastle secured promotion back to the Premier League, Yedlin played the full 90 minutes as the Magpies beat Cardiff 2-0 to remain within touching distance of league-leading Brighton as they chase the Championship crown. The right back had a solid showing, recording three clearances, two tackles, one aerial win, and an 88 percent pass completion rate. He also had one shot in the game which nearly got him on the scoresheet as Yedlin’s first-half effort from the right side of the Cardiff box forced a very good diving save from keeper Allan McGregor. Yedlin
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
With Scunthorpe’s place in the League One playoffs secure, Holmes was given a rare start and played all 90 minutes as the Iron beat relegated Coventry 3-1. The young winger created a few moments of danger, hitting the side-netting with a shot and playing a good low cross that a teammate could have done better with. Nonetheless, Scunthorpe enter the playoffs on a good run after their fifth straight win, and they’ll feel confident as they prepare to take on Millwall in a two-legged clash.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd again missed out on a place in the 18-man squad for Darmstadt, who beat Freiburg 3-0. Darmstadt have won three in a row to save just the slightest of hopes for their league survival, but they need wins in each of their last three contests and some help to have any chance to stay in the Bundesliga.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
It looks like Brooks is done for the season after suffering a hip injury that appears as though it will sideline the center back into the summer. He’ll hope to get himself back in time for the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers in early June, but it’s not clear at this point how likely that is. Hertha missed him on the weekend as they lost 2-0 at Werder Bremen.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler played a big part this week as Eintracht booked a place in the DfB-Pokal final with a shootout win over Borussia Monchengladbach. During the contest, Chandler was the most dangerous player for Eintracht, especially in the early going, and he set up Taleb Tawatha’s opening goal with a good early cross that skipped through the Gladbach box to his opposite full back. Chandler proceeded to play 120 minutes in the contest before Frankfurt won on penalties (Chandler didn’t take any of the spot kicks). On the weekend, Chandler didn’t have quite the same impact playing in an unfamiliar position in the center of Eintracht’s midfield in a 1-0 loss to Hoffenheim as the 27-year-old tallied just one tackle, two clearances, and three interceptions. Eintracht need at least two points from their final three games to secure Bundesliga safety, but they’ll probably be fine even if they don’t get them.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
As usual, Johannsson was an unused substitute in Bremen’s aforementioned win over Hertha. It seems increasingly likely that the striker will be leaving Werder in the summer, and recent
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Still sidelined with injury, Johnson missed both Monchengladbach’s league win over Mainz and their aforementioned cup loss to Eintracht.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Though Ingolstadt earned an impressive draw away to second place RB Leipzig, it didn’t come without cost for Morales, who was sent off in the 85th minute for a second bookable offense. Morales had been decent on the day, though most of the good chances fell to the hosts, but he will now have to watch next week from the sidelines as Ingolstadt desperately try to make up a four-point hole over at least one of three teams to have a chance at survival.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
In their 3-2 DfB-Pokal semifinal win over Bayern Munich, Pulisic entered the fixture with 10 minutes to play and his side up one to provide some fresh legs. He didn’t have a major impact but helped see Dortmund past the league’s juggernaut and into the cup final. On the weekend, the young winger got a full 90 minutes on the pitch and played solidly, completing five dribbles and three aerials while having a couple of shots in a goalless draw with Koln. However, the draw drops Dortmund back to fourth place, and while there
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood (and the rest of his Hamburg teammates, to be fair) went silent against Augsburg this weekend in a big 4-0 defeat. Wood had two shots on the day but couldn't muster up much of a threat otherwise. Hamburg are now in 16th place, though they are level on points with 14th, but they need to jump at least one more place in the table before season’s end to avoid the relegation playoff.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was an unused sub for Bochum in a 4-2 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green continues to ride the pine for Stuttgart, who got another big win this weekend (their fourth in a row) by a 3-2 margin over Nuernberg. Stuttgart hold a three-point edge over both second and third place, but need to stave off at least one of those challengers over the final three games to secure automatic promotion.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was the first sub off the bench for Dusseldorf this weekend, coming on with 15 minutes left and his side down a goal to Hannover in a game Dusseldorf would go on to lose 1-0. The 24-year-old did make an impressive four tackles in his short time on the pitch but could not have the game-changing impact on the scoreline.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was not in the 18-man roster for Sandhausen, who fell 2-1 to Union Berlin.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Per usual, Horvath watched from the bench as Bruges drew 2-2 with St. Truiden.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman’s impressive season was brought back to reality a little this week when Rangers were smacked 5-1 by Celtic. The youngster played 57 minutes before being removed for a sub with his side already down three goals. Rangers are cruising towards a third-place finish which they are all but locked into.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen was subbed on with 10 minutes to play and Hearts down a goal to Partick Thistle. Hearts would get a late equalizer, but Johnsen was not part of nabbing it as the fixture ended 2-2.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen was an unused sub for Hearts in the aforementioned comeback draw.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
It was a major weekend for Miazga, who started, played 90 minutes, and helped keep a clean sheet as Vitesse took home the KNVB Cup with a 2-0 win over AZ. He is only a loanee at the club but Miazga, has been getting big minutes down the stretch, and the trophy was certainly a well-earned honor for the center back as he helped keep an impressive shutout in the cup final. Even better, it was Vitesse’s first cup win ever and first piece of major hardware (excluding second-division titles).
Due to the KNVB Cup final, the rest of the Eredivisie was off this weekend.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu again proved critical for Chateauroux, scoring the goal that iced the game with 10 minutes to play in a 2-0 win over Epinal. With his side already a goal to the good, Siebatcheu laid out to get on the end of a cross and directed his diving header inside the near post to double the advantage. He was removed two minutes later but did what he was asked to do as Chateauroux inched closer to automatic promotion.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko started and played 90 minutes for Vaduz, who were aided by a pair of own goals in a 3-1 win over FC Lausanne-Sport. The win was massive, too, as Lausanne-Sport are directly in front of last-place Vaduz (and the only relegation spot) and the gap between the pair is now down to four points. They need to make that up over the final six games or find themselves outside the top flight next year, but Vaduz have undoubtedly picked up some key momentum of late.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem started and played 45 minutes for VVV on the weekend against Jong Ajax. There is no indication as to why he was removed at halftime, but his side was already down 3-0 at the time and would go on to lose 4-1.