Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After hyper extending his knee at the tail end of last week’s fixture, Cameron failed a late fitness test and was not in Stoke’s 18-man roster which beat Swansea 3-1 on Monday. Cameron has been an integral part of the Stoke side, however, so expect him to be back in the starting XI when he gets healthy.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan again watched starter Victor Valdes from the bench as the Spaniard kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman did not make the 18-man roster in Bournemouth’s aforementioned loss to Boro.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga logged 180 minutes at center back for Vitesse this week, first in a 4-1 cup win over second-tier side RKC Waalwijk and then in a 2-0 Eredivisie loss to PSV. In the latter, Vitesse’s defense did well to hold one of the better teams in the league back, and though they ultimately gave up two, the second came in stoppage time with the entire squad pushed forward. It obviously wasn’t the desired result for Miazga, but he played a solid game nonetheless, completing 91 percent of his passes.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers cracked the Spurs first team this week for the second time, playing 90 minutes in a 2-1 EFL Cup loss to Liverpool. The centre back had a rough day against Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, barely filling up the stat sheet while struggling to a 6.1 rating on whoscored.com, second worst in the team. However, Carter-Vickers wasn’t the only youngster in the squad, as Mauricio Pochettino put out far from his best side, so he didn’t get much help around him, either, as Spurs slumped out of the cup. On the weekend, Carter-Vickers watched from the bench as Spurs drew Leicester.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was twice deployed as a very late substitute for Sunderland, coming on in the 89th minute in the cup against Southampton and the 84th minute in a Premier League loss to Arsenal. Unfortunately, the attacker could not find an equalizer against Saints as the side were knocked out with a 1-0 loss, while the Arsenal result was well out of reach before the 20-year-old entered the pitch.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem played the final 10 minutes of Arsenal’s cup victory over Reading before starting and playing 90 minutes for the U-23s, who beat their counterparts from Sunderland 4-0. He didn’t have a major impact on either fixture besides being involved in the set up to the academy side’s third goal, but seeing him step on the pitch for the senior side this week is certainly a step in the right direction.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was subbed on with 10 minutes to play in Fulham’s 5-0 shellacking of Huddersfield.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
He did not see action for the senior side this week, but de la Torre did start and log a full 90 minutes in a brutal 4-3 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the reserves. Though he wasn’t involved in any of the goals, Fulham come from down 3-0 to equalize only to concede in the 80th minute and lose by one.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was deployed as a wing back in a 3-5-2 formation, although Forest lost 2-0 to Reading. Though it was a negative result for the side, Lichaj was solid in an altered role, winning four tackles and having a couple of shots as well — one of which required a spectacular save from Reading keeper Ali Al-Habsi — in a strange game that saw Forest outshoot the Royals 21-7 but be outposessed 60-40.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich started and played 90 minutes for Reading’s U-23 team, which lost 3-2 to Leicester. The attacker was positive on the day, creating a dangerous opportunity for himself as well as providing an assist which gave the Royals a 2-1 halftime lead. His breakthrough to the top side still seems a way off, but if Novakovich can keep producing (something he did sporadically last year), he will at least be giving his coaches something to think about.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams did not play in the Royals’ EFL Cup loss to Arsenal but was a workhorse in the midfield in the aforementioned win over Forest. The defensive midfielder passed at an 89 percent clip while winning four aerials and dispossessing Forest twice. The only knock is a late yellow card that he picked up, but cruising to a 7.6 rating on whoscored.com is a good day, to say the least.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Spector started and put in a very solid 90 minutes for Birmingham at right back in a 1-1 draw with rivals Aston Villa. The 30-year-old did a bit of everything, and while he only passed at a 69 percent clip, that was still good enough for a 7.1 rating on whoscored.com, third-best on his team. It was an important point, too, as Birmingham are now only out of the promotion playoff on goal differential.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin started twice this week in a pair of fixtures against Preston North End, both wins, 6-0 in the EFL Cup and 2-1 in the Championship. Though he wasn’t overly prominent in either fixture, Yedlin was part of the backline that allowed just one goal – which was very late in stoppage time – in 180 minutes this week. He also played a cross that led to Newcastle’s second goal in the league game before coming off in the dying seconds after a clash of heads. He might not be filling up the stat sheet, but Yedlin is certainly looking like a key member of a first-place Newcastle side that has not lost since September 17.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi again started and put in a full 90 minutes for Chesterfield, but it was another disappointing effort for the Spireites, who are spiraling out of control. Their fifth straight League One loss, a 1-0 result at the hands of Charlton, has kept Chesterfield in second-to-last and, worse, especially for a winger like Ariyibi, the side has only scored one goal in its last six games.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes played a critical role in Scunthorpe’s 4-1 win over Swindon Town, scoring the side’s second goal, which turned out to be the match-winner. With his side pressing and already up a tally in the 21st minute, Holmes played a nice one-two with a teammate and continued a run in the box, where a poor touch from a Scunthorpe forward put the ball directly on the winger’s foot. He improvised brilliantly, curling a first time effort around the keeper to double the lead. Holmes has proven to be a rock in Scunthorpe’s side during his first year with the club, and scoring will only boost his stock further.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Due to his lingering injury, Boyd again missed the 18-man roster which beat Darmstadt 2-0 to remain in second place in the Bundesliga.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks played 180 minutes at center back for Hertha this week in a 2-0 DfB-Pokal win over second-tier St. Pauli and a 1-0 loss to Hoffenheim. The fixture against St. Pauli was business as usual against a lesser opponent, so there was little surprise that Brooks’ backline held the clean sheet. The weekend loss stings badly, however, though Brooks played well, winning three aerials and two tackles while passing at a very impressive 93 percent clip. That loss allowed Hoffenheim to jump Hertha and take over third place in the table while bumping the Berlin side to fifth. Still, there’s plenty of hope for the Champions League chasers.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Twice this week, Chandler was involved in helping Eintracht keep a clean sheet. First, he came off the bench just before the final whistle of regulation and played all of extra time as Eintracht beat Ingolstadt on penalties to advance in the DfB-Pokal, although it’s tough to judge how he played in his abbreviated playing stint. Then, on Friday, he started and went the distance as Eintracht played Borussia Monchengladbach to a scoreless draw, playing right wingback in a 3-4-3 formation. It wasn’t Chandler’s best match, as he completed just 62 percent of his passes, but he nonetheless helped his side go on the road and keep a dangerous Monchengladbach team silent. Considering his team didn’t allow a goal on the week, it’s hard to complain much, and it would be difficult for manager Niko Kovac to drop Chandler ahead of a big game against fourth-placed Cologne.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
In the midweek cup match, Green was given the start, and he repaid Carlo Ancelotti’s faith with his first goal for Bayern. With his side already up 1-0 in the 42nd minute, Green got his head on a Thomas Muller cross and directed it into the bottom corner of the net, doubling the lead in a game Bayern would eventual win 3-1 over neighbors Augsburg. It was a great moment for Green, although it didn’t earn him a place in the team on the weekend when Bayern beat Augsburg again by an identical 3-1 scoreline.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was not included in Bremen’s side that lost 3-1 to Freiburg in the league on Saturday. It’s been a challenging season for the striker, but he remains determined to win his spot back, and with the side currently languishing just a point above the relegation playoff spot, he should get an opportunity to play some time in the not-so-distant future.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After scoring for Gladbach in the midweek cup win over Stuttgart, Johnson went 87 minutes before being subbed off in the draw with Eintracht. Johnson slotted a left-footed finish past the Stuttgart keeper on 30 minutes following a nifty assist from Andre Hahn to lead Gladbach to a 2-0 win in which he played the full 90. Against Frankfurt, he wasn’t quite as efficient, failing to record a shot and passing at a 79 percent clip before coming off late. Still, Johnson remains a key figure for Gladbach moving forward.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was twice left amongst the reserves for Ingolstadt this week as the Bundesliga strugglers fell out of the DfB-Pokal against Frankfurt and lost 2-0 in league play to Mainz, their seventh loss — to go with two draws — in nine Bundesliga fixtures.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
He wasn’t involved in the midweek cup win over Union Berlin, but Pulisic was once again in the starting lineup for the Bundesliga contest against Schalke. However, it wasn’t the young winger’s best game as he failed to unlock the Royal Blues’ defense in a scoreless Revierderby draw. Pulisic had more shots than any other player on the pitch, but all three of his attempts missed the target, and he finished with the second-fewest touches of any outfield starter for Dortmund. He is still a vital piece of the future for both club and country, but Pulisic nonetheless needs to work on becoming a more consistent player in the coming weeks.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko played the first 71 minutes of FC Vaduz’s league match at Young Boys. It did not go well, however, as Vaduz was on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing and now props up the Swiss Super League table.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
It was a busy week for Wood, but it wasn’t all positive. First, the good: Wood was at the double in the midweek, scoring twice in the first half as Hamburg remained alive in the DfB-Pokal with a 4-0 win over Hallescher. First, he gave the side the lead in the eighth minute, finishing off an incisive counter attack with a powerful touch and neat finish over the rushing keeper. Then, with halftime approaching, Wood fought off a challenge from a defender, held the ball in a tight space, and unleashed a shot through a tight space, finding thebottom corner of the net from just outside the box to double the Hamburg edge. However, all of those good feelings went away with one ill-advised moment on the weekend as Wood was shown a direct red card in the 58th minute of Hamburg’s 3-0 loss to Cologne. With his struggling side locked in a scoreless battle, Wood delivered a sharp elbow to the gut of Cologne defender Dominique Heintz and rightly saw red. His shorthanded team then conceded three minutes later, the first of three Anthony Modeste strikes that would find the net over the final half-hour as Hamburg lost again. They now
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse went 90 minutes for Bochum in a 2-1 win over Heidenheim on the weekend. The victory moved Bochum up to ninth in the 2. Bundesliga table.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
After coming on for the final 10 minutes of the blowout 6-1 loss to Hannover in the midweek cup game, Kiesewetter was in the lineup and played 87 minutes on the weekend as Fortuna defeated Union Berlin 1-0. He picked up a yellow card in the win, but that will be of little concern as Fortuna moved into fifth place in the league with their third consecutive win.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault came on for the final 30 minutes of St. Pauli’s cup defeat to Hertha Berlin. He did little of note, then was out of the squad for the 1-1 draw Monday with Nurnberg.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Although he didn’t play for Sandhausen in the 1-0 loss to Arminia Bielefeld on the weekend, Wooten was involved in a big week for the club nonetheless, scoring a goal in an eventual penalty DfB-Pokal win over first-tier side Freiburg. Wooten gave Sandhausen the lead in the second half, finding himself in the right place to tuck home a shot when a ball deflected into his path in the box. He was then subbed off in the 79th minute with his team up a goal and had to watch on as his club first conceded to go to extra time, then held its collective nerve to win a penalty shootout and advance to the round of 16, where they’ll host Schalke in February.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu wasn’t in the Reims squad that beat Le Havre 1-0 on Friday. Reims now sits in second in Ligue 2, two points back of division-leading Brest.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath watched from the bench as Molde defeated Stabaek 3-0 in their second-to-last Tippeligaen game of the season as his countryman, Josh Gatt, scored the opening goal for Molde. However, the club can finish no higher than the fourth-place position it currently holds, which means Molde can’t qualify for next season’s Europa League.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Hearts played a pair of league games this week, losing 2-0 to Kilmarnock before drawing 3-3 with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. After playing the final half-hour against Kilmarnock, Johnsen was awarded a start on the weekend and validated the decision with a goal, hammering a near-post finish past the Inverness keeper to give Hearts their opener and cut the deficit to 2-1. He would come off in the 77th minute, a few minutes after Arnaud Djoum scored the final goal of the thrilling game.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen would play almost the entirety of Hearts’ two fixtures, coming off in the 87th minute against Kilmarnock and going the distance against Inverness. He picked up a yellow card and captained the side in each fixture, but could do little to influence the scoreline in either.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne did not play for Groningen this week as they lost to Utrecht in the cup and lost to Willem II in the league. He did start for the youth side in a scoreless draw with Rijnvogels, but it’s unclear how he played or if he went the full 90 minutes.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was twice on Utrecht’s bench, though he didn’t play in either their cup win over Groningen nor their league draw against NEC Nijmegen.