Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Just in time for a couple of key U.S. Men’s National Team fixtures, Cameron returned to the Stoke squad Saturday and contributed in a big way to a 2-1 win over Southampton. Playing in the middle of a back three, Cameron was excellent for the Potters, earning a whoscored.com match rating of 7.8, second-highest on the team. That’s due to his immense defensive contribution to the win, as Cameron finished with seven clearances and won all nine of his aerial duels. He also completed two successful dribbles and had a shot blocked in the contest and was not responsible for Southampton’s lone goal. His return provides a huge piece of clarity for the USMNT as well as Stoke, and he’ll likely be a key part of Bruce Arena’s back line when the national side takes the field for World Cup qualifiers against Panama on Friday and Trinidad and Tobago next Tuesday.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman did not make Bournemouth’s senior squad that played Leicester to a scoreless draw on Saturday,
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams is sidelined with a broken foot suffered during Huddersfield’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on September 16. It’s unclear as of now when he’ll be able to return, although the hope among the Huddersfield camp is that the injury isn’t too severe. He missed out this weekend on the Terriers’ 4-0 defeat to Tottenham.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
In his third Premier League game of the season, Yedlin played a major part in helping Newcastle hold visiting Liverpool to a 1-1 draw. The right back was perhaps a bit fortunate to not concede a penalty after pulling Dejan Lovren’s shirt in the box, but other than that moment, Yedlin shined, being named man of the match by at least one local publication. In addition to slowing down Liverpool sparkplug Sadio Mane, Yedlin had one notable defensive intervention in which he denied Mohamed Salah what could have been a clear chance at goal. The 24-year-old finished with two tackles and completed 91 percent of his passes, but his other contributions — seven clearances, four blocks, three interceptions — were just as notable. He’ll hope to take that good form with him as he returns stateside for the USMNT’s critical qualifiers, where he’ll likely slot into the starting right back slot.
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 earned two starts this week and had an up-and-down pair of performances as Sheffield United split a pair of games. In the first contest, the 19-year-old helped the Blades shut out second-place Wolves in a 2-0 win, racking up a game-high six tackles in the process. However, he also should have been punished when he was caught in possession just outside his own penalty area in the eighth minute (he was bailed out by a save from his keeper), and he was guilty of conceding a second-half penalty (albeit a fairly soft one) that Wolves’ Ruben Neves put off the post. He made no such mistakes in a much more assured showing on the weekend, but United fell 2-1 to Nottingham Forest, with Carter-Vickers tallying seven clearances. However, he lost possession four times in the game, and he may have nightmares about his stoppage-time header that agonizingly hit the wrong side of the post and could have tied the contest at the deaths.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
It seems like Gooch has finally worked his way into Sunderland’s first-team rotation on a consistent basis. On Tuesday, the forward came off the bench and contributed an assist for Aiden McGeady’s second-half goal in what was ultimately a 5-2 rout at Ipswich Town. The assist itself wasn’t special, as Gooch simply passed to McGeady, who did the hard work, but his helper on the weekend was. In an eventual 2-2 draw with Preston, Gooch did brilliantly to to backheel the ball to an open George Honeyman, who slotted home the opener on 28 minutes (LINK). Gooch would come off in the 64th minute with all of the goals already scored. The 21-year-old forced one save, completed two dribbles, won three tackles, and completed 75 percent of his passes in addition to the assist he tallied, and while he has to cut down on his giveaways (he lost possession four times), Gooch is making his presence felt for Sunderland.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was once again an unused substitute in each of Forest’s league games this week as they lost to Fulham 3-1 before their aforementioned win over Sheffield
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy did not play Wednesday’s loss to Birmingham or their win over Leeds, and the U-23 side was inactive.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Fulham won a pair of road games in league play this week, and Ream was at the center of the defense in both. First, in their aforementioned 3-1 win over Forest, the 29-year-old had a decent, if not spectacular, showing, with six clearances, four aerial wins, and an 81 percent pass completion rate in an otherwise unspectacular game. In a 2-1 derby win over QPR on Friday, he was much better, racking up a game-high nine clearances to go with three blocks and two interceptions. Thanks to those consecutive wins, Fulham have pulled themselves up to 10th place in the Championship table, just three points off the top six. Ream will join up with the USMNT this week for the qualifiers.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Bolton’s problems continued this week with their seventh and eighth straight league losses, although Robinson’s impact was limited to a short substitute appearance in a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. Robinson completed three of six pass attempts after entering in the 85th minute and did little else of note.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi’s strong form continued this week for MK Dons, although he didn’t get on the scoresheet as the Dons drew 0-0 with Northampton Town before beating Bury 2-0. The winger was a constant threat down the left side in both games and came close to finding the net multiple times, with his closest effort of the two games a powerful long-range hit that just missed the target. Nonetheless, Dons picked up four of a possible six points and moved into 10th place in League 1.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Scunthorpe were held without a goal this week, drawing Gillingham 0-0 before a 2-0 loss to league-leading Shrewsbury. Holmes started both fixtures before being subbed off, playing 85 minutes against Gillingham and 51 against Shrewsbury, and like Ariyibi, he came close a few times but was never able to make a breakthrough.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks is sidelined with a thigh injury that will keep him out for three months. He will likely return to action following the Bundesliga’s winter break, but we will keep you informed if anything changes.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler had a reasonably quiet shift as Eintracht Frankfurt got a last-minute winner in a 2-1 victory over Stuttgart. The right back won a pair of tackles and two interceptions and finished with a team-high 62 touches, but he passed at just 69 percent and didn’t really make a notable impact at either end of the pitch.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Once again, Johannsson was unsurprisingly not involved for Bremen this week as they played Hamburg to a scoreless derby draw.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson received his second straight start for Monchengladbach and went 78 minutes in a 2-1 win over Hannover (although the winning goal was scored after he left the pitch). The winger forced a save with his only shot in the contest and won three tackles and an aerial, but he wasn’t able to have all that much of an impact in the Gladbach attack. He was then surprisingly left off Arena’s qualifying squad this week, and while Johnson’s USMNT career isn’t over, he may be entering a different phase of his national team tenure soon.
Making his third straight start in the center of Schalke’s midfield, McKennie impressed in spurts before being taken off in stoppage time of his team’s 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. He missed the target early in the game with his only shot attempt and won just one aerial and one tackle, and the 19-year-old was also beaten early in the buildup to Leverkusen’s only goal. He contributed a pair of clearances and one interception to the effort. While he wasn’t overly impressive on the day, he did generally find himself well positioned to prevent Leverkusen’s attacks from getting going, and it’s clear that he’s rated highly by Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco. He’s not involved in this USMNT roster, but if he maintains his form and continues to play for Schalke, it’s only a matter of time before McKennie’s a mainstay in the national team squad.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic played 15 minutes against Real Madrid in a 3-1 Champions League midweek loss before starting and logging a full shift in a 2-1 win over Augsburg domestically. Though Pulisic was used as a sub in hopes of changing the tide against the Spanish giants, Real scored just three minutes after he came on to ice the contest, leaving the 19-year-old to do little of note. Though he didn’t impact the scoresheet on the weekend, he did play a solid game overall, completing five dribbles, three tackles, and taking three shots. Of course, Pulisic was called into Arena’s squad for the upcoming qualifiers and surely will be starting Friday against Panama.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not involved in Freiburg's 3-2 loss to Hoffenheim.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood played 89 minutes for Hamburg in the aforementioned goalless draw with Werder Bremen. The striker did take four shots on the day and was as usual impressive in the air, winning four challenges, but he lacked a clinical touch and passed at just a 58 percent clip. It was Hamburg’s first point in five matches, but they still sit in the relegation playoff position on goal differential. Nonetheless, Wood remains a key player for the USMNT and is likely to see the field Friday.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
After an impressive outing last week, Boyd was left out of the Darmstadt 18-man roster, which lost 3-0 to Ingolstadt.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George logged a full shit for Jahn Regensburg in a 2-0 loss to Sandhausen. The right midfielder had five shots
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson continues to ride the bench as he was not used in Sandhausen’s win against Regensburg.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten remains sidelined with the thigh injury that has kept him off the field for all but 30 minutes this season.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright entered Sandhausen’s aforementioned win with half an hour to play and the score still knotted up at zero. Though he had a decent run on the field, he had just a single shot and one aerial won. Still, Sandhausen were able to take the lead and add a second during his time on the field, so he contributed to the generally positive play that helped win them the game.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green played 70 minutes for Greuther Fuerth in a 3-0 loss to Kaiserslautern. Green did pass at 88 percent on the day, but he couldn’t help his team find a breakthrough did little else of note offensively aside from a lone shot. Still, Green was removed with the game deadlocked at zero only to see Sebastian Andersson score a hattrick in 10 minutes for Kaiserslautern following his departure. Fuerth are really struggling, sitting in last place in the division with just four points in nine games.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
On the contrary, Kiesewetter’s Dusseldorf side are in first in the 2. Bundesliga, but the winger was not involved in their 3-1 win over Duisburg.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
In their aforementioned win over Darmstadt, Morales started and played just under 70 minutes for Ingolstadt. Though he left the game with a 2-0 lead, Morales struggled, passing at just 58 percent while putting in a single tackle and taking three shots. The win boosts Ingolstadt to 12th place.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath played every minute in Brugge’s 2-1 win over Gent this weekend. However, the keeper probably should have done better on the visitors’ lone tally. He rushed out to a long ball only to be caught in no-man's land, allowing Yuya Kubo to easily head over him into an empty net. Still, Brugge got the win and are four points clear in first place of the Jupiler League.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga logged 180 minutes this week for Vitesse in a 3-0 Europa League loss to Nice and a 1-1 Eredivisie draw with Utrecht. The loss severely hurt Vitesse’s chances to advance from the group stage, and Miazga was poor throughout the game as he was at least partially responsible for all three goals. First, he failed to win a header on a corner that was flicked on for the opener. He was later twisted into knots on a pair of one-on-one situations that lead to the second and the third goals. Both of the one-on-one situations were difficult plays,
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich started a match to forget for Telstar, who lost 6-0 to Fortuna Sittard. As the scoreline indicates, Telstar were dominated, so the forward did little of note during his 90 minutes on the pitch.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne reverted back to the bench this week as Excelsior lost 2-0 to VVV-Venlo.
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 was strangely left out of the Reims 18-man roster, but there is no information available as to why. If there isn’t an injury, Siebatcheu should be returning to the squad very soon.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall did not play this week for Tours, who lost 2-1 to Brest. They are at the bottom of the Ligue 2 table with just two points in 10 games.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren)
Torres was an unused sub for Lokeren, who won 3-1 over Zulte-Waregem.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale started and went the distance for Villarreal’s C team in a 1-1 draw with Atletico Levante.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
Fulham’s PL 2 side was inactive this week, and de la Torre did not feature for either the U-18s or the senior side.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Similarly, Fossey was not in the lineup for any of Fulham’s teams this week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno again didn’t appear in any of the Foxes’ sides this week.
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)
Moore did not play for Atletico Levante this week in their aforementioned draw with Villarreal’s third team.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
No new news has come out the injury that forced Olosunde out of United’s PL 2 game last week. The PL 2 side did not play this weekend.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez was subbed on with 30 minutes to play in Livorno’s 3-2 win over Pontedera.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott did not appear after taking a beating last week, but his replacement didn’t do much better as FC Koln II lost 4-3.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Chelsea’s PL 2 team was not in action this weekend, and Scott did not appear for the reserves in in the UEFA Youth League.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora played 90 minutes for Stuttgart II in a 3-0 win over Astoria Walldorf.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
It is unclear whether or not Taitague played for Schalke’s U-19 team this week, but he did not play for the U-23s.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman came on as a substitute and played 30 minutes for Bayern II in a 3-1 loss to Wacker Burghausen.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah played 90 minutes for PSG’s youth side in UEFA Youth League draw with Bayern Munich. It is unclear if he played for the Parisians on the weekend.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young was subbed on and played the last 30 minutes for Bremen II in a 1-1 draw with Chemnitzer.