Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron still hasn’t made his way back from his concussion and was duly missed this week as Stoke fell 2-1 to Crystal Palace. It is unclear how much longer Cameron is going to sit out, but he should be back in contention soon, although manager Mark Hughes said Monday that the defender probably won’t play in either of Stoke’s games this week.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman did not make the 18-man roster for Bournemouth’s goalless draw with Swansea.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams took up his normal position in the center of the park for Huddersfield in their 2-1 loss to Manchester City. Williams himself didn’t have the opportunity for a big game, as his side had a paltry 20 percent possession against the league leaders, but he was still part of a solid defensive effort that saw the Terriers keep the game tied until their hearts were broken late. Williams recorded a single shot and tackle, but a bit more worrisome was his 44 percent passing clip. It was always going to be a difficult match, and credit should be given to Williams and the rest of Huddersfield for keeping it as close as they did.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin had a game to forget for Newcastle, who fell 3-0 to Watford. Watford torched Newcastle down Yedlin’s flank, and the opener came from an attack down that side of the pitch. Though Yedlin wasn’t fully responsible for that 19th-minute tally, he buried his side with an unfortunate own goal on the stroke of halftime. Again, the attack came down Yedlin’s right
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)
Carter-Vickers had a rough week for Sheffield United, who lost 5-4 to Fulham and drew Birmingham 1-1. Obviously, a backline conceding five times in a match is never good news for a center back, but Carter-Vickers also directly led to United’s downfall against Fulham. After his side took an early 1-0, Carter-Vickers shorted a back pass on 28 minutes, allowing Sheyi Ojo to steal the ball and easily slot home with just the keeper to beat. Two minutes later, Fulham took the lead, and the epic scoring affair was on. Carter-Vickers and the rest of his backline were stretched and discombobulated all fixture, although CCV was pulled off with the score sitting at 2-2 in the 58th minute. In the weekend draw, the center back was better, winning a couple of aerials, but he was brought off with 20 minutes to play as Sheffield needed some attacking power, which ended up tying the game. Carter-Vickers remains a critical element of Sheffield’s three-man backline, but his youth and inexperience definitely showed this week.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre did not appear for Fulham in their aforementioned wild win over Sheffield United or their 1-0 win on the weekend over Millwall, serving as an unused substitute in both fixtures.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started and played 90 minutes for Fulham against Sheffield United but did not feature against Millwall, missing out on the starting lineup for the first Championship game all season. In the 5-4 win, Ream certainly didn’t have a good day, as he was beaten on two of the goals, but goalie David Button should have done much better on each. On Sheffield’s opener, Button spilled a ball he should have caught, and Ream was beaten to the rebound for a tap-in. On the second, Ream forced a Sheffield attacker to a tight angle, and his shot beat Button, who should have had it covered. It was unfortunate luck for Ream, but the two late Blades tallies which almost knotted the game weren’t particularly flattering either, as the defensive line was strung out despite trying to protect a lead. He picked up a small injury midweek that led him to miss the 18-man roster for the Millwall contest, but Ream should be back next week for the Cottagers.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch started Sunderland’s 2-1 midweek loss to Aston Villa before watching their 2-0 weekend win over Burton from the bench. In his hour on the pitch against Villa, Gooch did very little of note besides recording a single shot and dribble. He passed at 77 percent, but the forward will certainly want to see that number improve. The 21-year-old still has plenty of time to grow, though, and he’s started the tenure of new manager Chris Coleman in favor.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj showed his versatility this week for Forest, playing 90 minutes at left back and 90 at right back. Deployed on the right in a midweek 1-0 win over Norwich, Lichaj did well to help his backline to a clean sheet while passing at an 86 percent mark. On the weekend, in a 2-0 loss to Cardiff, he filled the stat sheet a bit more, with three aerials and two dribbles. He wasn’t directly responsible for either tally, but he was slightly caught out of position on a free kick which he failed to challenge on that led to Cardiff’s first goal.
Murphy did not play for Wednesday’s senior side this week, but he did play 90 minutes for the U-23s in a 2-1 win over Leeds.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Robinson played 180 minutes at left back this week for Bolton, who drew Reading 2-2 before getting smacked 5-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Robinson was far from his best in either contest and disappointingly gave up on a play that led to Reading’s first goal in the 76th minute that sparked their comeback from two down to earn a point. On the weekend, Robinson was beaten on a header that led to a goal following a corner kick, and he later conceded a sloppy penalty for Wolves’ third goal that completely killed off the game. The young outside back needs to regroup quickly for struggling Bolton.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi played 45 minutes this week for Dons, who drew 1-1 with Southend before falling 2-1 to Doncaster. Ariyibi’s play has clearly come under scrutiny from his coach, as the winger was pulled at halftime of the contest against Southend having not made an impact going forward. The man he was yanked for, Peter Pawlett, then started in place of Ariyibi for the weekend’s match, in which the American did not see the pitch. Ariyibi is now riding a streak of 10 league appearances without a goal, and he will need to change that to work his way back into the starting squad.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes appeared twice for Scunthorpe this week in a 2-1 win over Bradford and a 2-0 win over Charlton. Scunthorpe were on the back foot for much of their trip to Bradford, but Holmes helped the defense keep out attacks while the forwards got the job done from a pair of set pieces. On the weekend, Holmes was a substitute but was thrust into the right-back role on 17 minutes due to injury. Again, he didn’t have a major impact, but his side held a clean sheet and recorded a sixth straight league win which has propelled the Iron to third, just four points behind leaders Wigan.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks started but only lasted 70 minutes for Wolfsburg in a 2-1 loss to Augsburg. Brooks’ job was made extremely difficult on the day when the defensive midfielder posted in front of him, Maximilian Arnold, saw red on 11 minutes. Still, Wolfsburg defended well and took the lead into halftime thanks to a stroke of luck. They couldn’t hold out forever, though, and Wolfsburg conceded an equalizer on which Brooks perhaps should have done better to stop a cross. He was then surprisingly removed for another center back on 70 minutes, a move that backfired when Augsburg took the lead eight minutes later. Brooks won three aerials on the day.
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)
Johannsson again did not appear for Bremen, who lost 2-0 to RB Leipzig.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson surprisingly entered Gladbach’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich as a halftime sub for Tony Jantschke, who himself had come on as a sub in the 11th minute. His side had already done the damage on the scoresheet, taking the two-goal lead into the break, and Johnson and his teammates did fantastically to keep Bayern’s attack at bay and come up with yet another win over Germany’s juggernaut. Johnson put in a solid, but not flashy, defensive effort, which included three tackles and an aerial win.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie started and had a rough go for Schalke in their epic 4-4 draw with Borussia Dortmund. The center midfielder picked up an early yellow card and was completely outclassed before being removed on 33 minutes with his side down 4-0. Manager Domenico Tedesco said afterwards that he made the decision to take out McKennie due to the youngster possibly getting close to picking up a second booking. The 19-year-old passed at just a 60 percent rate, but his teammates seriously picked up the slack in the second period, coming all the way back for a tie
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
After missing out on Dortmund’s 2-1 Champions League loss to Tottenham due to a muscle injury he picked up last week, Pulisic was back in the starting lineup for the Black and Yellows in their aforementioned wild draw against Schalke. Playing as a right-sided wing back, Pulisic was involved in Dortmund’s opener, as his low cross was mis-hit into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who finished at the back post to put Dortmund ahead. However, after that bright moment, Pulisic faded fast. He was moved into a lone striker role after Aubameyang was sent off in the second half, but the 19-year-old wasn’t able to have much of an impact. Pulisic’s final stat line — no shots, dribbles, or tackles and a 76 percent pass completion rate — left a lot to be desired, and he will no doubt feel frustrated at watching his team throw away a four-goal lead to its archrival. One performance shouldn’t affect his playing time (especially with Mario Gotze now on the shelf for the time being), but Pulisic needs to show a bit more over the coming weeks.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was a 79th-minute substitute for Freiburg in their 2-1 win over Mainz. After entering with his side up 1-0, Stanko settled into the midfield and was on the pitch for two goals, one for Freiburg and one against. He wasn’t involved in the play that led to either, however. The 24-year-old finished with one clearance and five of eight passes completed in his second Bundesliga appearance.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood started and played the first 82 minutes of Hamburg’s vital 3-0 win over Hoffenheim. Deployed in a slightly different role as a central attacking midfielder behind striker Jann-Fiete Arp, Wood put together a solid all-around performance, although he wasn’t directly involved in either Hamburg goal scored before he exited the field. He did, however, win the free kick that led to the second. Otherwise, the 25-year-old was active all game long, recording three shots — one clanked off the base of the Hoffenheim post early in the second half while the other two forced saves — as well as six aerial wins, one successful dribble, and a tackle. It’s a timely return to form for the forward, as he had fallen behind Arp in the pecking order of late, and the win takes Hamburg five points clear of the bottom two.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
In a thrilling 3-3 draw with Union Berlin, Boyd was at the center of the action for Darmstadt. The striker had his best game since returning from the knee injury that cost him two full seasons, scoring twice in a terrific display. His first goal, which was an equalizer early in the second half, required a bit of good fortune as a loose ball fell to Boyd’s feet in the box, but his second — which tied the score again 10 minutes later — was an excellent striker’s goal, a deft header from a pinpoint cross. Boyd also won three aerials and a tackle in the contest, and while his team conceded a stoppage time own goal to drop two points, that was in no way Boyd’s fault, as he came off with his team up 3-2 in the 82nd minute.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was not in the Darmstadt squad this week that tied Union Berlin.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George was a 66th-minute substitute for Regensburg, coming on with his team up 3-0 in a game it would eventually win 4-0. He wasn’t directly involved in the only goal scored after his entrance, but George did have a decent cameo, tallying two shots — one on target — and two successful dribbles. The win extends Jahn Regensburg’s unbeaten run to four games as the newly promoted side moves into the top half of the 2. Bundesliga table.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson was an unused substitute in Sandhausen’s 2-1 loss to Heidenheim.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten is still sidelined and missed out on Sandhausen’s clash this weekend. He’s played just 30 minutes of first-team football this year due to injury.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Unlike his American teammates, Wright did see the field for Sandhausen against Heidenheim, coming on in the 76th minute with his side chasing a tying goal. Sandhausen wouldn’t find that equalizer, although Wright did make his presence felt, forcing one save with a long-range effort and winning one tackle.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Deployed as a central striker, Green made a huge difference as Fuerth won their fourth game of the season, beating St. Pauli 4-0. Making his return from injury, Green wasn’t as active as he might like to be, but the forward did open his account for his loan club with the final goal of the game, beating two opponents with a run through the midfield before playing a one-two and beating the keeper with a calm finish. He only recorded two shots and one dribble on the day, but the 22-year-old will take confidence from his goal — his first since February — and from the 92 percent pass accuracy he finished with.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was once again not included in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 18-man squad. Second-place Fortuna lost their second straight game Monday, conceding three times in the opening 10 minutes en route to a 3-1 loss to Dynamo Dresden that shrinks the gap between Dusseldorf and third-place Nurnberg to four points.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was once again a key figure for Ingolstadt this weekend, playing 90 minutes in the center of the midfield as his side extended its unbeaten league run to seven. However, Ingolstadt wasn’t able to break through for three points, instead getting just one in a scoreless draw with Holstein Kiel. For his part, Morales filled out the stat sheet to the tune of two shots on target, two tackles, and one dribble, but he passed at just 69 percent and was dispossessed five times. Ingolstadt remain in fifth place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Once again, Horvath watched from the bench as Brugge defeated Zulte-Waregem 3-2. The 22-year-old keeper hasn’t played for his club since October 25 following a spell of bad form.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga played 180 minutes for Vitesse this week and delivered two excellent performances. First, in a 1-1 Europa League draw with Lazio, the center back put together an assured display as Vitesse earned their second point of the group stage. Miazga wasn’t responsible for Lazio’s lone goal, and he delivered defensively with three tackles and a game-high eight clearances while passing at 94 percent on 86 touches of the ball. Then, in a 2-0 weekend Eredivisie win over ADO Den Haag, the 22-year-old showed up when he was needed most, rising highest in the box to nod home an 87th-minute corner for the eventual winning goal. He also tallied seven clearances, five aerial wins, and three blocks without conceding possession during the contest as Vitesse kept a vital clean sheet and got back on track following a four-game league winless run.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore’s third start for Levante’s senior side went significantly worse than the first two, although it wasn’t really the young right back’s fault. His team simply ran against a dynamic side looking to break out of a slump, which visiting Atletico Madrid did in a big way in a 5-0 hammering of Levante. After signing an extension to his contract which will keep him at Levante through 2022, Moore struggled all game long against Atletico’s corps of attackers; the 21-year-old was directly responsible for Atletico’s third goal when he lost out to Kevin Gameiro on a loose ball before holding the striker onside. He was also partially at fault for the fourth goal (for failing to tightly mark Antoine Griezmann) and the fifth (for a poor touch that sprung an Atletico counter attack). Moore wasn’t Levante’s worst defender in the contest (or even second worst as both center backs had nightmare days), but the young right back needs to be stronger in defense if he’s going to hold onto his new starting role.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich didn’t play in Telstar’s 6-0 loss to Jong
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne wasn’t included in Excelsior’s squad that lost 2-1 to PSV.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief finally made his return to the Gent lineup, playing the final 15 minutes as a substitute in their 3-1 Jupiler League win over Royal Mouscron. He didn’t make much of an impact after entering, but it’s nonetheless a huge positive for Saief, who hadn’t played since the summer due to a hernia injury. He’ll now look for his first start of the season as he settles back into regular football.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu started and played twice for Reims this week as they extended their Ligue 2 lead to seven points (with a game in hand) thanks to two wins. In the former, a 1-0 away triumph over AC Ajaccio, Siebatcheu went the distance but didn’t play much of a role in the winner, a header from a corner in stoppage time. In the latter, however, Siebatcheu was a critical component of Reims’ win, recording assists on both goals in a 2-0 win over Auxerre. His first helper wasn’t one to remember, as a cross bounced off Siebatcheu and fell to a teammate for a close-range strike, but his second was one to savor, as the forward found teammate Grejohn Kyei with a clever and incisive through ball in the 70th minute before coming off in the 77th. Siebatcheu has been outstanding for Reims with six goals and five assists so far this season, and he’ll hope to continue that form as the team challenges for promotion.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
In Tours’ only game this week, Tall wasn’t included in the 18-man squad that lost 2-1 to GFC Ajaccio.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Belgian First Division A)
Torres was an unused substitute as Lokeren overcame two red cards to earn a scoreless Jupiler League draw with St. Truiden.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale did not appear for Villarreal’s B side this week.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey did not play for Fulham’s PL 2 squad this weekend.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno also did not appear for Leicester’s PL 2 side.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann was not apart of the Hertha II side which beat Chemie Leipzig 2-0.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde did not play for United’s PL 2 side on Monday.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks was an unused sub for Benfica’s senior side, which won 6-0 against Vitoria de Setubal. He hasn’t yet appeared in a league game, but the fact that he was on the bench shows that he’s on the verge of breaking in.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez entered as a 67th-minute sub for Livorno in a 1-0 win over Pisa.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott did not feature for any of Koln’s teams this week.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott didn’t play in any of Chelsea’s reserve matches this week
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora started and played 80 minutes in Stuttgart II’s 2-1 loss to Ulm.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague did not play for Schalke’s youth sides this week.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman played all 90 minutes as Bayern Munich’s reserves beat Unterfohring 5-2.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah played 71 minutes for PSG’s U-19 side before being replaced in a UEFA Youth League tie with Celtic. He left with the game scoreless, and PSG would go on to win 2-0. The squad won by the same margin on the weekend against Avranches’ U-19 team, although it’s unclear if Weah played in that contest.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young was an unused substitute in Werder Bremen II’s scoreless draw with Rot-Weiss Erfurt.