Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams is still on the comeback trail and therefore missed out on Leipzig’s goalfest this week as they scored 14 over two matches, a 6-1 DfB-Pokal victory over Wolfsburg and an 8-0 Bundesliga thrashing of Mainz. The midfielder admitted this week that he’s become frustrated during the recovery process, but he continues to train with the side and should be able to return to action in the near future.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks was spared the embarrassment of playing on the back line that conceded six to Leipzig in the Cup, but he did go the distance on the weekend in a 3-0 loss to Dortmund. Playing on the left side of a back three, Brooks was the best of the defensive unit, although he could have done better to clear a long ball before Dortmund opened the scoring early in the second half. There was a lot that went wrong after that moment, though, and Brooks wasn’t involved in either of the other goals. He racked up six clearances, two interceptions, and two tackles in the match, and he also nearly had an assist when a teammate diverted his flick-on from a corner off the post. But it wasn’t to be for Wolfsburg, who fell off the pace of the leaders with their first loss of the Bundesliga campaign.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was back healthy this week and made a major impact for Schalke, helping the Royal Blues to 3-2 away wins over Arminia Bielefeld in the DfB-Pokal and Augsburg in the league. In the midweek Cup match, McKennie got the start in the midfield and assisted on a howitzer of a Schalke opening goal from teammate Alessandro Schopf. He was taken off on 73 minutes, but he was given another start on the weekend, though he was moved to center back when a teammate was injured inside the opening 10
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Starting in the midweek as Bremen beat Heidenheim 4-1, Sargent bagged yet another assist for Werder, breaking up an opposing attack before picking the ball up, driving at the defense, and laying off for the goal that made it 2-0 early. The striker had one terrific chance of his own that was denied by a very good save, but he wasn’t all that influential a figure despite going the whole 90 minutes. On the weekend, Sargent was used as a second-half substitute, brought on in the 72nd minute with Bremen ahead 2-1 on Freiburg in a game they’d draw 2-2. He missed the target with his only shot attempt in the match.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
After missing out on Dusseldorf’s Cup victory during the week, Steffen backstopped Fortuna to a 2-0 win over local rivals Koln. The 24-year-old didn’t have much to do, finishing with just one save, but he commanded his box well throughout and deserves a share of the credit for a solid overall defensive team effort. With two wins in three, Dusseldorf have perked up a bit of late, but they still face what’s likely to be a testing relegation battle this season.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Fresh off his hat trick last weekend, Pulisic earned two more starts blue this week, and while the first didn’t go as planned, he was excellent again in another Chelsea Premier League victory on the weekend. Few Chelsea players could do much in the attack in Wednesday’s 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United, including Pulisic, who played 70 minutes and was kept quiet, completing just one dribble and failing to record a shot on target. Manager Frank Lampard stuck with the 21-year-old on the weekend, though, and he was rewarded with another Pulisic goal in a 2-1 win over Watford. With the Blues up 1-0 early in the second half, Pulisic touched the ball early in an attack and made a run into the box before a showing his intelligence by steering his run to the front post, where he had the simplest of tap-ins from Tammy Abraham’s low cross. It was a moment that displayed the experience that the youngster has garnered at this early stage in his career, and it was part of an all-around performance in which Pulisic gave the Watford defense fits all afternoon with his
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Yedlin retained his place in the Newcastle side and again went the distance as the Magpies earned a huge Premier League victory, holding off West Ham for a 3-2 win (after leading 3-0). The right back wasn’t involved in any of the goals — in fact, he wasn’t involved in much, finishing with the fewest touches of any Newcastle player and second-fewest of any player in the match. He had one tackle, one clearance, and one interception in the winning effort, which lifted Newcastle two places and into 15th in the table.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Weah is back in training but hasn’t made it back into the Lille 18-man squad. All signs point to the 19-year-old returning to action soon. Lille lost this week, falling 2-1 to Marseille.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Besiktas earned another important win this weekend, beating Antalyaspor 2-1, and Boyd again wasn’t involved in it, watching from the bench as an unused substitute. The winger is starting to see his opportunities dwindle during his slow start to life in Istanbul; he’ll hope a Europa League game in the midweek gives him another chance to impress.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
In his first match after choosing the USMNT over the Netherlands, Dest watched from the bench as Ajax beat PEC Zwolle 4-2. Most likely, the move was made to allow Dest full rest (and then some) before Ajax’s critical midweek Champions League clash with Chelsea, which should see the right back return to the side.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Horvath watched both Brugge games from the bench this week as his side won twice by a combined 5-0 score against Zulte Waregem and KV Kortrijk.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Soto again did not make the 18-man roster for Hannover this week. His side drew 1-1 with Sandhausen. Given his extreme lack of playing time, Soto will be moved to the “Others” section starting next week.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood failed to make it off the bench twice this week as Hamburg lost to Stuttgart in the DfB-Pokal and drew Wehen Wiesbaden in the 2. Bundesliga.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes logged a full 90 minutes for Derby in a commanding 2-0 win over Middlesbrough. The central attacking midfielder didn’t play a direct role in either goal but made an incisive run that opened up space for the opening tally. He also had a nice effort from distance barely tipped around the frame of the goal in the second half and played an incisive through ball that nearly led to another for Derby. The Rams sit 15th but are just seven points out of first in a wild Championship table.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Deployed as the right center back in a three-man backline, Miazga had an incredible performance in the air on Saturday in a 2-1 win over Millwall. Miazga won a game-high 11 aerial challenges, including some critical ones down the stretch as Millwall lobbed multiple attacks into the area. The defender didn’t do much else of note aside from send one header towards goal that the Millwall keeper did well to claw out. Still, the performance in the air was good enough to push him to a 7.6 whoscored.com match rating, second best in the match. The concession was far from his fault, either; though he was ultimately closest to Jed Wallace when he pulled one back for the Lions, Wallace beat three other Reading defenders who together should have easily stopped the run before Miazga, who shifted over to cover, even had to get involved. Regardless, it was a solid match all around for the 24-year-old.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played a forgettable 90 minutes for Fulham this week as they were hammered 3-0 by Hull. He wasn’t responsible for the first two tallies but got completely caught in no-man’s land on the third as, after getting beat to the ball, his choice was either to allow Jarrod Bowen to dribble past him or bring him down for a surefire red card. Bowen went past, and though his tame effort was saved, the rebound was bundled in. Ream passed at a 91 percent clip and won a couple of aerials too, but Fulham just didn’t have it on the day.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson logged another full shift at left back for Wigan this week in a disappointing 2-1 loss to Swansea. The loss will cut Robinson, too, after the winner came via a cross from his man in the 91st minute. Robinson was just a half-second late tracking back, and though one of the center backs probably should have dealt with the ensuing cross, Sam Surridge unconventionally knocked it across the line with his torso. Robinson had two dribbles, two aerials, and a tackle during the match, in which he garnered praise for his willingness to both get forward and track back, but the last-second goal will hurt.
Chandler earned a rare start this week, getting the nod in the XI for Frankfurt’s DfB-Pokal match with St. Pauli. However, he was taken off at halftime and watched from the bench as Eintracht held onto a 2-1 win. He was then an unused substitute at the weekend as Frankfurt stunned Bayern in a 5-1 victory.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson still has yet to recover from injury and missed both of Gladbach’s rosters this week. They split a pair of 2-1 decisions, losing to Borussia Dortmund in the Cup and beating Bayer Leverkusen in the league.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales started and played big minutes for Dusseldorf this week, going the distance in a 2-1 Cup win over Erzgebirge Aue before playing 81 minutes in the aforementioned win over Koln
(in which he earned his side a penalty when he burst into the box and had his legs swept out from under him).
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton was brought on in the 87th minute of Paderborn’s DfB-Pokal match against Leverkusen with his side down 1-0. He couldn’t move the needle, though, and he wasn’t used as a substitute Friday when Paderborn were hammered 3-0 by Hoffenheim.
Ariyibi played 90 minutes in a 4-0 Greek Cup win over Ialysos. He did not score in the match, but other information is proving difficult to find. He was then used as a 60th-minute substitute on the weekend as Panetolikos drew Asteras Tripolis 1-1 (Ariyibi entered after both goals had been scored).
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron was surprisingly absent from the QPR squad that lost 2-0 to Leeds. No news has come out about the reason, either, so there’s certainly more to come here.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers went the distance in a three-man backline for Stoke on Monday, but he had a moment of madness that hurt the Potters dearly as his wild slide on Grady Diangana gave the referee an easy decision to award the penalty that put West Brom up 2-0 in the second half. That would be the final scoreline. Carter-Vickers had a decent match other than that incident (during which he also picked up a yellow card), but his brainless challenge is what people will remember.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre continues to be well out of the Fulham senior setup, but he played 90 minutes and tallied assists on both goals for the U-23s in a 2-1 win over Norwich.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played 90 good minutes as Hull kept winning with their third in a row, a 3-0 victory over Fulham.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George was an unused substitute for Regensburg’s wild 3-3 draw with Osnabruck.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green had an influential game in the Fuerth midfield in a 3-1 win over Darmstadt. The 24-year-old stuffed the stat sheet, finishing the match with five shots (two on target, three blocked), three key passes, a 95 percent pass completion rate, three dribbles, and (for good measure) two clearances.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
After going as an unused substitute in St. Pauli’s midweek Cup loss to Frankfurt, Lankford got a 10-minute runout in his side’s 2-2 league draw with Karlsruher but couldn’t help his side hold what was a 2-0 lead when he entered.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich started and went the distance in a 3-0 midweek win over Trapani but was only used as a stoppage time substitute in a scoreless draw with Cittadella.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne remains outside of the Portimonense 18-man roster.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also missed the FC Emmen 18-man squad this week.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright scored for Venlo in the Dutch cup, finding the net late in an eventual penalty shootout loss to fourth-division Groene Ster. He missed the deciding spot-kick in the extra session.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike went the distance in a 3-0 loss to Club Brugge.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Anderlecht had two matches this week, but Saief did not make the roster for either.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler remains out with an injury. He missed both of Anderlecht’s games this weekend.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown went the distance for Wien this week in a 2-0 loss to LASK.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore was a very late sub for Tenerife in a goalless draw with Huesca. The defender entered with 10 minutes to go and helped his side see out the tie.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon continues to struggle to get in the Nordsjaelland side. He missed both their cup and league matches this week.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis subbed on with 30 minutes to play this week, so his quick injury scare seems to be over. However, he couldn’t move the needle, and the scoreline remained the same as Hobro lost 2-1 to OB.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi did move the needle in that game, scoring a banger for Hobro’s only tally in their aforementioned loss. Down 2-0 in the first half, Sabbi scored a wicked free kick from distance that flew with great pace into the upper corner. It was a great display of skill from the rising winger, who now has two goals in as many matches.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel was an unused for Hobro this week.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Hamalainen — who has moved up into the “Others” section by virtue of a strong run of games as Kilmarnock’s starting left back — logged another 180 minutes this week. It was a pair of bad results, however, as his side was beaten by Motherwell and Aberdeen.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
For the second week in a row, Polster missed two squads for Rangers. The Glasgow side won a pair of matches by a combined 7-0 margin, including one over Hearts that moved them along to the Scottish League Cup final.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
With his side up 5-0 In the final game of the Allsvenskan season, Gall subbed on for the final 15 minutes of a win by the same scoreline over Orebro. Malmo finished the season in second place, securing a spot in the Europa League first qualification round, but they ended up just one point back of the champions, Djurgardens.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Johannsson was an unused sub as Hammarby won 4-1 against Hacken on the final day of the Swedish season. Hammarby finished third –– tied on points with Malmo, but behind on goal differential –– and qualified for the first round of the Europa League.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was an unused substitute in St. Gallen’s 3-0 win over Sion. St. Gallen are in third place, two points off the leaders.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
After injuring his ankle last week, Gooch missed both Sunderland matches this week. The injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, but nothing new has come out about the knock.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Like Gooch, Kelman is sidelined with an ankle problem. He missed Southend’s 1-0 loss to Gooch’s Sunderland this week.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde remains just on the fringe of the Rotherham lineup, as he subbed on with 20 minutes to play and his side up 2-0 in an eventual 3-0 win over Gillingham.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips was an unused sub for Wycombe this week. His side beat Shrewsbury 1-0.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes played 180 minutes this week for Dundee in a pair of Scottish Championship wins over Partick Thistle and Inverness. Dundee are three points clear at the top of the league, which is critical, as only one side is guaranteed promotion in the Scottish Championship.