Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron remained sidelined this weekend with a concussion suffered in training a few weeks ago, and it’s still unclear when he’ll be able to return to action for Stoke. The Potters drew 2-2 with Brighton on Monday.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman didn’t appear in Bournemouth’s Premier League squad that beat Huddersfield 4-0 Saturday, but he did make an impact in a thrilling win for the U-21s last Wednesday. In a back-and-forth 5-4 win over Plymouth’s U-21 side, Hyndman tallied an assist with a neat through ball and a goal with a calm chipped finish. While he has still yet to play in the Premier League, the midfielder is still showing that he has a bright future ahead.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
In the aforementioned 4-0 win for Bournemouth, Williams played the first half for Huddersfield, coming off at the break with his side up a man but down two goals and no longer needing a holding midfielder. He wasn’t responsible for either of the goals Huddersfield conceded in the first half (each of which was unlucky for the Terriers due to an uncalled foul and an unseen offside), but Williams was also pretty absent during his stint with just one tackle and one aerial win. He did record two interceptions and a clearance, but Huddersfield found themselves on the back foot throughout the half he was on the pitch, and Williams wasn’t able to exert much of an influence overall.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was perhaps Newcastle’s best player Saturday, but he had both bright and dark moments in a 4-1 defeat at Manchester United. The right back was the creator of Newcastle’s only goal, storming into the attack and delivering a precise cutback that Dwight Gayle dispatched to give the Magpies a shock early lead. Yedlin also filled out the stat sheet defensively, recording three tackles, three clearances, three blocks, and an aerial win while teasing a few more dangerous balls into the box. However, he won’t be too thrilled about his role in losing two headers on Manchester
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months, which means he likely won’t see the field at any level until 2018. However, he has been added to Arsenal’s Europa League squad and looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
As he has done throughout his loan spell in Sheffield, Carter-Vickers put together an outstanding performance in another Blades win, this one by a 3-1 margin over Burton. In addition to being his usual dominant self defensively — seven clearances, three aerial wins, two interceptions, two blocks — the center back provided a deadly through ball that sliced through the Burton back line and onto the foot of striker Billy Sharp for Sheffield United’s second goal. It was a tremendous pass from the 19-year-old, who recorded an assist in his second straight game in United’s back three. Carter-Vickers has long been seen as a future star for both club and country; this season, he is starting to scratch the surface of that potential.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
Appearing as a substitute for the second time in the past four games, de la Torre almost had an immediate impact for Fulham’s senior side, heading over from a
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream also played in Fulham’s draw with Derby, starting and going the distance in the center of the hosts’ defense. He was for the most part solid, but the veteran deserves to shoulder some of the blame for Derby’s second-half equalizer as he broke out of his defensive shape and let Rams striker Matej Vydra in behind him. Other than that blemish, Ream was as steady as ever, passing at 94 percent and tallying eight clearances and two successful dribbles. The 30-year-old is firmly entrenched as Fulham’s starting left-sided center back at the moment, as only he and goalkeeper David Button have played every league minute, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon despite the team’s struggles so far.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Somewhat surprisingly, Gooch wasn’t involved in any Sunderland side this week — senior or youth — after impressing in his first taste of international duty. Without him, caretaker boss Robbie Stockdale led the Black Cats to a 2-2 draw with Millwall. Former Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed up to take over Sunderland permanently beginning with Tuesday’s trip to Aston Villa; Gooch will try to start the process of winning over his new boss then.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj lined up at left back and went the distance for Forest in a 1-0 loss to Birmingham. The Blues’ only goal came on the opposite side of the pitch, but Lichaj wasn’t overly impressive throughout the contest, finishing with four tackles and one shot that was blocked but having trouble with Birmingham winger Jota all game long. Still, although he wasn’t great defensively Saturday, the left back has at least helped improve Forest’s defense since entering the starting lineup a few months ago.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy appears to have featured for Sheffield Wednesday’s U-23 side in a win over Hull (lineups aren’t available but he tweeted about the game), and he didn’t play in the senior squad’s scoreless draw with Bristol City.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Playing left back for Bolton, Robinson has been a pleasant surprise during his loan from Everton, and he again impressed in keeping a clean sheet in a scoreless draw against Preston. Robinson filled out the stat sheet in the contest, tallying six clearances, three aerial wins, two dribbles, and two tackles, although his youth appeared in a 43 percent pass completion rate and three losses of possession. After starting the season poorly, Bolton have quietly put together a six-game unbeaten run and have moved themselves off the foot of the table (at Sunderland’s expense).
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi started but didn’t have the same impact as he usually does on Dons’ left wing, coming off with his side down 1-0 in the 62nd minute of a game it would
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
All season long, Holmes has provided a spark for Scunthorpe, and he did it again this weekend. The winger scored twice in a 16-minute second-half stretch to turn a tenuous 1-0 lead into a comfortable 3-0 one, and Scunthorpe beat host Northampton by that same margin. The goals were very similar as both involved Holmes’ opposite winger, Hakeeb Adelakun (who assisted on all three tallies), setting the American free on net with a through ball and Holmes finishing one-on-one with the keeper. The first Holmes disposed with a cheeky outside-of-the-foot chip over a stranded goalie, and the second he tapped in after rounding the onrushing stopper. He came off shortly after the second — his fifth in league play this season — with the game in the bag and earned deserved praise from his manager afterwards as Scunthorpe moved into fourth place.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Finally, Brooks showed the defensive quality that convinced Wolfsburg to spend big bucks on him in the summer. The center back was a rock for the Wolves in a 3-1 win over Freiburg, recording six clearances, four interceptions, three aerial wins, two tackles, two dribbles, and a 91 percent pass completion rate. It was the kind of display that Wolfsburg paid so handsomely for, and it’s a fantastic starting point as Brooks rounds back into form following his lengthy injury layoff.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler underwent surgery on the knee injury he suffered against Dortmund on October 21 and will be out for the remainder of 2017. The injury only appears to be a small tear of the meniscus, however, and the hope is that he may be able to return some time shortly after the Bundesliga’s winter break.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
A week after talking about his excitement over the potential new beginning under new manager Florian Kohfeldt, Johannsson did not make the Werder Bremen squad that earned the club’s first win of the season by a 4-0 margin over Hannover.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson had a solid if unspectacular showing, doing the dirty work as Monchengladbach defeated Hertha Berlin 4-2. The left winger was the least exciting of any of Gladbach’s attackers and he wasn’t really at the center of attention, but he did win four tackles and an aerial before coming off with his team up 3-2 in the 74th minute. Johnson ended the game with the fewest touches of any outfield starter.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was at the heart of Schalke’s team in a 2-0 win over Hamburg, going 90 minutes in a center midfield role. The 19-year-old was busy throughout the game, tallying three shots (though none on target), three tackles, two interceptions, and two clearances. He continues to show that despite his youth, he’s capable of playing big minutes in important situations for Schalke.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic did not appear for Dortmund this week as he was ruled out late with a muscle injury. The knock doesn’t appear to be too serious, and the teenager looks like he’ll be back very soon. Without him, Dortmund faltered again, losing their third straight — 2-1 to Stuttgart — and fourth out of five, falling to fifth in the table.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was an unused sub for Freiburg in their aforementioned loss to Wolfsburg.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood came on in the 69th minute for Hamburg with his side down 1-0 in their defeat to Schalke. Wood didn’t record a shot or a dribble during his time on the pitch as Hamburg’s offensive woes continued.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd started as a center forward for Darmstadt and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Sandhausen. The 26-year-old only passed at a measly 52 percent rate, but he did win eight aerials on the day. He was not directly involved in the late consolation tally, either. Darmstadt haven’t won in their last eight games and sit in 12th.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was not in the Darmstadt roster this week.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George was subbed on at halftime for Regensburg as he returned from injury in their 2-2 draw with St. Pauli. He didn’t affect the scoresheet, as all four goals came before the break, but the winger did have a couple of shots, pass at a 93 percent clip, and put in a pair of successful tackles.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson did not appear for Sandhausen in their aforementioned loss to Darmstadt.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten also did not appear to Sandhausen. The forward has played 30 minutes this season due to injury.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright was an unused sub for Sandhausen.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green was an unused sub for Greuther Fuerth in a 1-1 draw with Bochum as he nears a return from injury.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was not in the 18-man roster for Fortuna’s 1-0 loss to Ingolstadt which knocked them off the top of the table and into second place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales played a massive role for Ingolstadt this week, scoring their only goal in the aforementioned 1-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. Morales was given a cutback ball at the top of the 18-yard box and lashed home a low first-time strike that snuck through a Dusseldorf defender who got a foot on it near the goalline. Morales had five total shots on the day, but didn’t do much else of note, although the goal was what mattered as his side got the win. Ingolstadt have won four straight and are charging up the table, currently sitting in fifth.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath watched from the bench as Brugge beat Waasland-Beveren 3-0.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga and the rest of the Vitesse backline had a rough go this weekend, falling 4-2 to Groningen. The 22-year-old center back wasn’t responsible for any of the goals, however, as right back and fellow Chelsea loanee Fankaty Dabo had a miserable day and was partially (or fully, in the case of a wild 40-yard own goal) responsible for three of the tallies. Miazga won four aerials on the day.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore made his second start for Levante’s senior side this week in a 2-0 win over Las Palmas. The right back logged a full shift, but hardly filled the stat sheet, finishing with four clearances and two dribbles. Still, he helped the defense produce a clean sheet and got some valuable minutes under his belt.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich started and played 58 minutes at center forward for Telstar in a 4-1 loss RKC Waalwijk. The striker was not able to impact the scoring, as his team’s lone tally came after he exited the contest. With seven goals in 13 games this year, though, Novakovich remains a solid option up top for Telstar.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was not in the roster for Excelsior, who lost 3-1 to Utrecht.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief was not in the Gent squad which beat Sporting Lokeren 3-1.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu started and played 68 minutes for Reims in a 1-1 draw with Paris FC. He didn’t have an impact on the score sheet, as his side’s only goal was an own goal and was scored after he left exited the contest.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was not in the Tours side this week, which lost 1-0 to Chateauroux.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Belgian First Division A)
Torres played 90 minutes in Lokeren’s aforementioned loss to Gent, his first start for the club. The defensive midfielder had a game to forget, as his side were thrashed for a goal in the first half and two in the second. Still, seeing the 18-year-old out there for 90 minutes is a good sign.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale didn’t feature for Villarreal’s B team this week, and it’s unclear whether or not he played for the C side.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Once again, Fossey wasn’t involved in any of Fulham’s teams this week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Likewise, Gruno wasn’t included in any of Leicester’s teams this week.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann kept a clean sheet in Hertha Berlin II’s 4-0 away win over BAK ‘07.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde didn’t feature for any of United’s sides.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
A 20-year-old midfielder, Parks made his senior debut as a 69th-minute substitute in a 2-0 Taca de Portugal win over Vitoria Setubal. He was involved in the buildup to the goal that sealed the game, and the youngster will hope that leads to more action in the coming weeks. He has mostly been playing with Benfica B, so he’ll remain here for now, but Parks could move into our list if he starts playing consistently with the senior squad.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez was a 56th-minute entrant and helped Livorno break a 1-1 deadlock in a 2-1 win over Olbia.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott did not feature for the Koln reserves this week.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott played 90 minutes for Chelsea’s reserves in a PL 2 win over Tottenham.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora played 84 minutes for Stuttgart II in a 1-0 loss TSV Steinbach.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague did not play for Schalke’s U-19 squad in their 5-0 win.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman played 90 minutes for Bayern II in a 3-0 win over Greuther Furth II.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah played 72 minutes before being removed for a sub in a 2-1 loss to Tzeure.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young was subbed in for the final three minutes of Bremen II’s 2-1 loss to Carl Zeiss Jena.