Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After riding the bench twice for the United States Men’s National Team during the international break, Cameron was back in his usual place in Stoke’s starting lineup on Saturday at Manchester City. However, things didn’t go well for the 32-year-old and his Potters teammates, who were battered 7-2 by a rampant City side. Cameron was actually one of Stoke’s best players on the day, finishing with the team’s second-highest whoscored.com match rating at 6.5. Playing as a defensive midfielder, Cameron filled out the stat sheet with four interceptions — one of which led to Stoke’s first goal — three dribbles, two aerial wins, and two tackles. Despite that, he and his teammates should be disappointed after getting picked apart by City, and Cameron will feel as though he should have done better on multiple goals conceded.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman didn’t make the Bournemouth squad that lost 1-0 to Tottenham on Saturday, although he did feature for the U-21 side in a 3-2 loss to Cheltenham last Tuesday.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Less than a month after suffering a broken foot, Williams was back in the squad for Huddersfield and played the final 30 minutes of the Terriers’ 2-0 defeat at Swansea. The score was already 2-0 by the time Williams entered, but he nonetheless put up a decent showing in the center of the midfield, completing 26 of 27 passes and winning an aerial. The result wasn’t ideal for the 28-year-old, but he should get more opportunities moving forward after proving his fitness this weekend.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin started and played 90 minutes for Newcastle in their 2-2 away draw with Southampton. The right back had a solid overall game, with six clearances, three dribbles, two aerial wins, two tackles, and a few teasing balls into the box. However, Yedlin was extremely lucky to make it all 90 minutes, as he was booked in the first half for dissent and probably should have been sent off after a heavy slide tackle on Nathan Redmond. He got away with it, though, as Newcastle earned another good result away from home.
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 put in a full shift once again this weekend for Sheffield United, playing 90 minutes and helping his side earn a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Ipswich. The 19-year-old lined up in the middle of a back three and didn’t quite have as noticeable an impact as either of his defensive partners, and he also picked up a late yellow card. However, Carter-Vickers continued to show his defensive ability with five clearances as the Blades kept their fifth league clean sheet, three of which CCV has played in.
Despite impressing before the international break, Gooch was left on the bench and did not appear in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with QPR on Saturday.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
With Forest struggling over the past month, Lichaj was finally given his first Championship start of the season Sunday, although Forest returned to losing ways with a 2-0 defeat at Derby. Despite the loss, Lichaj impressed throughout the contest, earning Forest’s highest whoscored.com rating at 7.7. He tallied five tackles, four interceptions, three successful dribbles, a team-high 97 touches of the ball, and one critical block that denied Derby a second goal in the first half. It’s not a guarantee that this performance will be enough to garner a more significant look moving forward, but it is nonetheless a good sign for Lichaj.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy wasn’t in Wednesday’s 18-man squad that lost 2-1 to Bolton.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played all 90 minutes in Fulham’s come-from-behind 2-2 draw against Preston. The center back probably could have done better on Preston’s opener and definitely should have on their second, as he allowed an attacker to cut inside untroubled and take a shot that was deflected past Fulham’s keeper. He recovered to put together a decent performance, though, racking up seven clearances and also playing a hopeful long ball forward in stoppage time that Preston’s keeper dropped to the foot of a Fulham attacker, who buried the last-gasp equalizer.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Robinson was in the 18 but did not play in Bolton’s aforementioned win over Sheffield Wednesday, the side’s first of the Championship campaign.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Once again, Ariyibi went the distance for Dons in a 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth. The winger threatened a few times with dangerous balls into the area but wasn’t able to make the type of impact he’s had in other games this season.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was also a starter and also played 90 minutes as Scunthorpe too lost 2-0 at Rotherham. Like Ariyibi, the young winger was able to trouble the opposition on a few occasions and may have had a couple of assists if his teammates had been a bit sharper, but he also shot over the bar with his best opportunity of the contest.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
By all accounts, Brooks is very close to a return from the thigh injury that’s kept him out since August, but he wasn’t quite ready to make the squad for their 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler had a mediocre game on Saturday, but Eintracht came back for a dramatic 2-1 win over Hannover. The right wingback had one shot blocked, one tackle, and one aerial win, but he saw very little of the ball and picked up a first-half yellow card. Frankfurt’s win took them into seventh place through eight games.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was unsurprisingly left out of Bremen’s squad over the weekend. The striker has played just three minutes of first-team football this season.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
In a 2-0 win over Bremen, Johnson started and played the first 74 minutes for Monchengladbach. Playing on the left wing, the 29-year-old had a decent game, forcing a save with his only shot while winning an aerial and a tackle, although he finished with by far the fewest touches of any Gladbach starter. Johnson hasn’t quite found his form since returning from injury, but he’s started each of the last three games and looks to be finding his place in the squad.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie missed out on Schalke’s 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin due to a slight thigh strain suffered before the international break. The knock was only supposed to keep him out for a few weeks, so he might be able to play this weekend when Schalke host Mainz.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was subbed on at halftime with Dortmund down 2-1 in an eventual 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig. Unfortunately for Dortmund, Sokratis was sent off just two minutes into that second period, making the task a tough one. Pulisic wasn’t involved in Dortmund’s second tally, which was a penalty, but he did complete two dribbles and have a shot on the day while passing at an 88 percent clip. Pulisic wasn’t his normal productive self, but he was coming off a short week after playing 180 minutes for the USMNT. Still, Dortmund have a must-win Champions League match
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not in the Freiburg squad for their 5-0 loss to Bayern.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood started and played 80 minutes for Hamburg, who fell 3-2 to Mainz. Wood wasn’t involved in Hamburg’s first goal and was not on the field for the second. He had only one shot on the day and won a couple of aerials. Like Pulisic, Wood may have been a bit tired from national team duty and will certainly expect better his next time out.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd was not in the Darmstadt side for a wild 4-3 loss to Nuernberg.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George logged a full shift at right midfield for Regensburg in a 2-0 loss to Union Berlin. He did little of note to fill the stat sheet and passed at a miserable 56 percent. Regensberg aren’t fully in danger yet but are teetering on the edge of the relegation zone early in the season.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson was not in the Sandhausen squad for their 2-0 loss to Bochum.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten also missed the Sandhausen roster for their aforementioned loss.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright, however, started and played 90 minutes at right striker. He won three aerials on the day and recorded a shot but was dispossessed four times in a mixed performance. The 19-year-old has now appeared in eight of Sandhausen’s 10 league fixtures and has clearly made a space for himself in the side.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green was not in the 18-man roster for Greuther Fuerth’s 2-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter did not play for Dusseldorf, who won 2-0 over Arminia Bielefeld.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales started and scored for Ingolstadt in a 2-2 draw with Dynamo Dresden. With his side already up a goal, Morales powerfully headed home a cross from 10 yards out for his first tally of the season. It looked like the goal would spur Ingolstadt on to victory, but they conceded just minutes later and watched their lead disappear just after halftime. Morales was subbed off with half an hour to play, but he made his impact, even if his side was unable to hold on.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath started for Brugge in a 3-2 win over Oostende. The keeper was twice beaten from distance, but he really couldn’t do much about either effort, both of which were well-placed thumping drives. His offense picked him up with a 90th-minute winner that has extended Brugge’s lead at the top of the table to six.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga played all 90 minutes for Vitesse in a 1-1 draw with Heracles. He wasn’t responsible for the tally against, but he was in an awkward position which left him out of the box when the cross that led to Heracles’ goal came in. The center back also passed at a 90 percent clip.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich started and scored a penalty for Telstar in a 3-0 win over FC Dordrecht. The 21-year-old converted the 41st-minute spot kick to give Telstar the lead going into halftime, and that goal would ultimately turn out to be the winner. Novakovich now has five tallies in nine league games this year, which is an impressive number, to say the least. Novakovich is tied for fourth in the league in scoring.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne made just his second appearance of the year for Excelsior, coming on as a halftime sub in a 2-1 win over ADO Den Haag. The left back came on and won four
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief suffered a setback to his hernia injury recently and remains out of action. We will keep you informed as more news comes in.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu started and played 90 minutes for Reims in a 3-1 loss to Chateauroux. He wasn’t involved in Reims’ only tally and did little of note during the fixture.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was an unused sub for Tours, who fell 2-0 to Valenciennes.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Belgian First Division A)
Torres was not in the Sporting squad for their 1-1 draw with Sint-Truiden.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale didn’t play for Villarreal’s B team, and it’s unclear whether or not he suited up for the C squad.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre didn’t appear for any of Fulham’s teams this week.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey also didn’t appear for any of Fulham’s teams this week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno wasn’t involved for Leicester’s U-23 team in a draw with Tottenham.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann remains sidelined for the time being with an ankle injury. We will keep you posted as more information rolls in.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
For the first time this season, Moore earned a place in Levante’s senior side, serving as an unused substitute in their scoreless draw with Espanyol. It remains to be seen whether that will lead to first-team minutes, but it’s certainly a positive for the 20-year-old.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde wasn’t in United’s PL 2 side that lost 4-2 to West Ham. No news has come out about the injury he suffered recently, but the outside back had been playing consistently prior to the injury.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez was subbed on with 10 minutes to play for Livorno, who beat Cuneo 4-0.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott was an unused sub for Koln II.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott did not play for Chelsea’s PL 2 side in a 3-1 loss to Swansea.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora played 79 minutes and scored for Stuttgart II in a 3-1 win over Waldhof Mannheim.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague did not appear for Schakle this week.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman played 90 minutes for Bayern II in a 3-1 loss to Schalding-Heining.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah’s impressive run at the U-17 World Cup continued this week. He only played three minutes in the team’s third group game, a 3-1 loss to Colombia, but he was brilliant on Monday in a 5-0 Round-of-16 win over Paraguay. Weah scored a phenomenal hat trick in the contest, which included a long-range curling effort that doubled the USA’s lead early in the second half. He is quickly turning into a standout amongst the youngsters.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young played just 27 minutes, departing with his team down 4-0 to Paderborn. Bremen II fell 7-1.