Premier League (3)
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream had a tough week for Fulham, being hauled off in their 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City before going as an unused substitute in their 1-0 loss to Huddersfield. The center back was beaten in the buildup to each of Brahim Diaz’s two goals in the midweek, first getting outmaneuvered by Vincent Kompany on a high ball into the box in the first half before being shrugged off by Gabriel Jesus prior to Diaz’s second midway through the second period. He was withdrawn a few minutes later and remained glued to the bench for Monday’s league loss. The Cottagers sit at the bottom of the Premier League table with five consecutive losses and a league-worst minus-18 goal differential through 11 games.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams has still not returned from injury for Huddersfield but remains on the comeback trail. The Terriers moved off the bottom with their win over Fulham but remain in the drop zone.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
After making his way back onto the pitch in two games last week, Carter-Vickers returned to the Swansea bench to start Saturday’s game against Rotherham and stayed there as the Swans fell to a 2-1 defeat (courtesy of two Rotherham penalties). The 20-year-old has appeared just four times this year for Swansea, who currently sit ninth in the Championship, three points off the playoff places.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson played an active 90 minutes for Wigan on Sunday, but the Latics ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against Championship leaders Leeds. For his part, Robinson was fairly good in the match, tallying five aerial wins, four interceptions, three clearances, and three successful dribbles. However, he was one of a few defenders who lost containment on Pablo Hernandez in the seconds before his equalizer, and the left back was guilty of losing possession a game-high six times. Wigan have lost three games in a row and sit 16th in the table.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks had another good week for Wolfsburg, although the Wolves ended with a win and a loss over their 180 minutes. In his first game, Brooks started and played 90 minutes, helping Wolfsburg keep a clean sheet with an impressive display in a 2-0 DfB-Pokal win over Hannover. He was also one of Wolfsburg’s better players on the weekend, collecting four clearances and forcing a save with his only shot
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is expected to miss around six months after undergoing knee surgery. He isn’t slated to return until at least the new year.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson has returned to individual training as he returns from an ankle injury. There is no word about when he might be involved for Bremen on the field, but the club’s sporting director said this week that’s it’s very unlikely Johannsson will set foot on the pitch in 2018. His future beyond that remains murky.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After missing the 18-man squad that was hammered 5-0 in the DfB-Pokal by Leverkusen, Johnson was a 64th-minute substitute as Monchengladbach beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-0. The veteran winger entered with his side up 1-0, and while he wasn’t involved in either goal that was scored after he came on, he did contribute a decent half-hour to the cause. Gladbach sit in a lofty second place in the Bundesliga table.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Twice this week, McKennie was a late substitute for Schalke. First, he came on just as stoppage time ended and played the 30-minute extra-time session as the Royal Blues edged Koln on penalties in the DfB-Pokal (McKennie did not take a spot kick). Then, the 20-year-old entered just as stoppage time began and Schalke up 3-1 on Hannover in a match that ended with that same scoreline.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales went 65 minutes in a 5-1 Cup win over Ulm before logging a full 90 in an aforementioned 3-0 loss to Monchengladbach. Morales didn’t play a role in any of the five goals against Ulm and was not responsible for any conceded against Gladbach. In the latter, he passed at 90 percent clip and won four aerials and three tackles, but his performance clearly wasn’t enough to keep his side in the game as they were generally outplayed all over the pitch. Dusseldorf currently sit dead last in the Bundesliga.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic started and had a massive game in a 3-2 Pokal win over Union Berlin before subbing on for the final 12 minutes of a 1-0 league win over Wolfsburg. In the former, Pulisic scored his side’s opener after lunging to poke home a parried header that was sitting on the line. The winger then picked out Maximilian Philipp with a nicely weighted through ball in the 73rd minute for an assist on the second goal. Berlin would equalize –– for a second time –– but that mattered little to Pulisic, who won a penalty in the dying moments of extra time reaching for a cross while being pulled back by his defender inside the six-yard box. Marco Reus converted to send Dortmund through to the last 16. Full game highlights here. He didn’t do anything of note in the Bundesliga match, but it’s still a great week for the 20-year-old, whose rest schedule seems lined up to have him starting in midweek Champions League action against Atletico Madrid.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood came on at halftime in a 2-0 cup loss to Wolfsburg before going the distance in a 3-1 league loss to Schalke. He couldn’t move the needle in the midweek and was not involved in the side’s only goal against Schalke. Wood was generally quiet up top for what is a generally quiet offense.
2. Bundesliga (1)
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green played 90 minutes for Greuther and picked up a critical and tantalizing assist in stoppage time as they came back to draw Bochum 2-2. With his side down one in the final moments, Green played an intricate chipped pass to find his teammate Daniel Keita-Ruel for the equalizing tally. The pass can be seen at 4:40 in the video here. It’s moments like these that remind USMNT supporters of the talent in the pool, even if it is still largely raw and untamed. Green fits that bill to a tee.
Ligue 1 (3)
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Mizaga continues to reside outside of the Nantes 18-man roster, which secured victories in the Coupe de la Ligue and Ligue 1 this week. No new news has come out about a potential early end to his loan.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu made his first appearance back from injury this weekend, coming on for the final 15 minutes of Rennes’ 2-1 win over Caen; both his side’s goals were scored before the forward came on. He did record two shots on the day; most importantly, he’s working his way back to match fitness.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Weah was not in PSG’s 18-man roster that beat Lille 2-1.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich has not returned from injury, sitting for both of Fortuna Sittard’s matches this week.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown went 90 minutes at center back for NAC in a 2-1 win over Heracles. The defender was not responsible for the lone goal, which was produced from a very nice long shot. He also passed at a sweet 93 percent clip on the day.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Due to a slight hamstring injury, Cameron missed out on QPR’s 1-0 loss to Blackburn. The defeat was Rangers’ first since September. Cameron played a huge part in QPR’s stellar October, and he was rewarded for doing so with a nomination for Championship Player of the Month, a much-deserved honor for the 33-year-old, who tallied a goal and an assist in five October games as QPR won four and drew one.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played 90 minutes, helped his side keep a clean sheet against the Championship’s highest-scoring team, and made a key goal-line clearance moments before Hull scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over West Brom.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi didn’t play for any of Forest’s teams this week.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
After serving as an unused substitute in Derby’s thrilling 3-2 Carabao Cup loss at Chelsea, Holmes made his first league start for the Rams on the weekend and impressed, tallying two shots, two successful dribbles, and a key pass before coming off in stoppage time as Derby beat Birmingham 3-1. His performance earned widespread plaudits from the Derby faithful after the game, a few of whom said he ran the show while playing out of position in the middle of the park rather than on the wing.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch had another solid showing for Sunderland in a 2-0 win over Plymouth in which he played 88 minutes before coming off. He didn’t get onto the scoresheet, but Gooch was involved in the buildup that led to the penalty for Sunderland’s second goal with a nice dribble and pass to the player who drew the foul.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman played twice for Hibs this week, once as a sub and once as a starter. He came on in stoppage time in a scoreless draw with rivals Hearts before starting and going 69 minutes in a 1-0 loss to St. Johnstone.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko remains on the shelf due to injury. There’s no timetable for his possible return.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd was twice a substitute for Darmstadt, coming on in the 83rd minute of a 2-0 Cup loss to Hertha Berlin and in stoppage time of a 3-1 win over Magdeburg.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines didn’t make the Darmstadt 18-man squad against Magdeburg and was an unused sub against Hertha.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
In a 1-1 draw with Union Berlin, George played 90 minutes on Regensburg’s left wing and scored an absolute belter, curling home a picturesque effort from the edge of the box just seconds after Regensburg had gone behind with halftime looming. Video of the wondergoal can be seen here. George now has four goals and an assist in 12 2. Bundesliga games this season.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson didn’t make either of Sandhausen’s 18-man squads this week.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten finally had a down week, doing little of note in two appearances for Sandhausen in a pair of losses to Heidenheim (cup) and Dynamo Dresden (league).
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was not in the Duisburg roster for either of their matches this week.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was not in either Heidenheim rosters this week and reportedly has been struggling with injury.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath is back in the Brugge roster, at least for now, playing twice this week as Brugge won 4-0 against Oostende and drew Genk 1-1. It’s a nice sight, to say the least, as the 23-year-old looks to work his way back into the USMNT spotlight.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was twice an unused sub for Kortrijk this week.
Saief missed the Anderlecht side in the midweek and was an unused sub on the weekend against Waasland-Beveren.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh played 82 minutes for St. Gallen in a 1-0 win against Sion.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore was an unused sub for Reus.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott started and scored for Telstar in 2-1 win over Go Ahead Eagles. Video of the goal is proving elusive, however.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall had nothing short of an amazing week, starting twice and scoring outside-of-the-box crackers in each, in a set of wins, over Orebro and Goteborg. The first can be seen here, and the second here. He might be on the bottom of this list, but both are worth taking a look at, as is Gall for the national team after scoring his 13th and 14th goals of the season.
This was a very good week for quite a large number of the youth players on this list. First, Gedion Zelalem made his long-awaited return from injury for Arsenal’s U-21s, getting a half-hour under his belt. His future is very unclear, but his return is certainly a welcome sight. Elsewhere, a handful of other players continued good runs of form for their respective youth sides: Josh Sargent, Sebastian Soto, Haji Wright, and Sergino Dest all found the net this week. Soto’s in particular caught the eye as the striker caught the opposing keeper off his line from 45ish yards for his ninth goal in 10 games for Hannover’s U-19 side. Plenty of other players scored for the U.S. U-20 side, which ran riot over the past week in a weak group at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Florida. In three games, the Americans defeated Puerto Rico 7-1, The Virgin Islands 13-0, and Trinidad and Tobago 6-1. The competition should hopefully improve in the knockout rounds, but the team has taken care of business so far in emphatic fashion, which is undeniably positive. Among those on our list, Brady Scott and Chris Gloster have played two games in goal and at left back, respectively, while Juan Torres scored the final goal against T&T in his second appearance. Two have stolen the show in particular, as Alex Mendez has three goals and two assists from the midfield while Ulysses Llanez (not on our list yet, but joining Wolfsburg in the near future) tallied one goal in both the first and third games and sandwiched a remarkable three-goal, three-assist first half in between. It’s hard to tell just how good these players are against this competition, but they’ve been very impressive regardless. In the last piece of news for the week, another American is making the jump to Europe as highly regarded FC Dallas youth player Christian Cappis is reportedly signing with Hobro in Denmark. The move isn’t official yet, and it may seem strange, but it could actually be a shrewd move if the 19-year-old wants first-team football. He previously trialled with Bayern Munich, so there’s certainly some talent there; perhaps Denmark is the place it will blossom.