Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
For the second time in five months, Stoke lost 4-0 at home to Tottenham with Cameron deployed at right back. It was an afternoon to forget for the 31-year-old, as he had a torrid time across from Tottenham winger Heung-min Son, who scored twice and added an assist in a man-of-the-match display. All afternoon, Son gave Cameron trouble, as he could have arguably done better on both the first and last
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan was twice an unused substitute this week, first in the USMNT’s win and then in Middlesbrough’s 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace. While deputizing for the injured Victor Valdes, Guzan had a pair of solid showings, and Valdes’s lukewarm return to the Boro net this weekend could mean more opportunities are in store for Guzan in the coming weeks.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
He wasn’t included in Bournemouth’s team that beat West Brom 1-0, and Hyndman’s path to the starting lineup got a little more difficult with Jack Wilshere’s debut for the Cherries. At 20, Hyndman still has plenty of time to develop, but he’ll hope to start getting some consistent looks in the coming months, either for the senior squad or, if that fails, for the U-21s.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
After his deadline-day loan move to the Netherlands, Miazga was on the bench for Vitesse as they returned from the international break with a 1-0 loss to Ajax. He should get his share of opportunities during his stint in the Eredivisie, where he hopes to both continue his development and contribute to his new club, which has seven points from its first five games of the season.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Once again, Carter-Vickers was the only center back on Spurs’ bench in their aforementioned drubbing of Stoke. Tottenham’s fixture list is about to get congested with the Champions League starting up this week. Regardless, barring injuries, all signs point to Carter-Vickers making his debut for the senior squad next week in the EFL Cup, in which Tottenham will battle League One side Gillingham.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Until he was taken off in the 57th, Gooch was one of Sunderland’s most dangerous players in their 3-0 loss to Everton on Monday. He did a bit of everything for the Black Cats, tracking back well, linking with Jermain Defoe, taking a few dangerous corners, and nearly opening the scoring just before the half with a long-range shot that almost caught out Maarten Stekelenburg. Within moments of Gooch leaving the pitch, Romelu Lukaku scored the first of his three goals on the day, and Sunderland manager David Moyes praised the efforts of the 20-year-old winger after the game. It’s no guarantee obviously, but it would be surprising if Gooch wasn’t in the starting squad again when Sunderland visit Spurs this coming weekend.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem played 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-23s in a 3-1 win over Derby on Friday. He wasn’t directly involved in any of the tallies, but nearly scored a highlight-reel goal of his own, forcing Derby’s keeper to tip a lobbed effort off the crossbar. It’s still unclear how much Zelalem will play for the Gunners this season, but he’s certainly making an impact for the youth side.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream wasn’t in the 18-man squad for Fulham, which
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
While he wasn’t involved for the senior side either, de la Torre did go 90 minutes for Fulham’s U-23s on Monday in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa. The 18-year-old was involved in one good early attack for the Cottagers, who by all accounts dominated their Villa counterparts, and the youngster should continue to see consistent time for the youth sides, as well as possibly an occasional look for the first team.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was solid, if unspectacular, in Forest’s 2-2 draw Sunday with Aston Villa. His 6.9 whoscored.com match rating was fourth-best in the side, as he helped a Forest team that was outshot 26-3 on the day earn a valuable point, although he arguably could have done better on one or both of Villa’s goals. Lichaj led his squad with four tackles on the afternoon and finished with the second-most touches of any Forest player, but the most impressive part of his performance was simply that an under-siege Forest side found a way to get a result on the road.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich played for Reading’s U-23s on Monday and scored their lone goal in a 3-1 defeat at Southampton. The 18-year-old collected a loose ball at the edge of the area, sent two Southampton players flying past him with a nice fake, and unleashed a shot that was deflected into the net by a Saints defender. He hasn’t appeared for the Royals’ senior squad this season, but more good displays for the youth sides should move Novakovich a bit higher up on the depth chart in the coming weeks.
Danny Williams (Reading)
On the other hand, Williams is one of the first names on the team sheet for Reading manager Jaap Stam, and he provided the decisive moment in Reading’s 2-1 win over Ipswich, scoring a 95th-minute penalty to give the Royals the win. It wasn’t Williams’s best performance, but the midfielder got the job done when it mattered most, sending Bartosz Bialkowski the wrong way from the spot to earn the three points. He also passed at an 88 percent clip in the contest and recorded one tackle.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
In the aforementioned victory over Fulham, Spector was good, if not great, as he recorded three tackles and helped his side keep a clean sheet. Those were the good parts of Spector’s game; the bad ones were a yellow card and a mediocre 56 percent pass completion rate. Still, the 30-year-old is a consistent piece of Birmingham’s starting lineup, and that doesn’t appear likely to change at the moment with the Blues recording consecutive clean sheets.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was a substitute in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Derby, and he made his presence felt. After entering in the 73rd minute and being used as a winger by Rafa Benitez, Yedlin charged into the box and scored off a layoff from a corner kick in stoppage time — his first club goal in more than three years — to seal the three points for the Magpies. Just how much he knew about the goal is up for debate, as an attempted clearance from Derby keeper Scott Carson careened off a sprinting Yedlin and into the net. The 23-year-old also completed all three of his passes and recorded a tackle. While Yedlin hasn’t started yet for Newcastle, the Championship contests will start to come thick and fast, and he should start to see much more time in the near future.
Once again, Ariyibi was Chesterfield’s danger man in a scoreless draw with Oldham, drawing one great save from the opposition keeper and seeing two shots cleared off the line by defenders. The 21-year-old winger somewhat surprisingly remained at Chesterfield through transfer deadline day despite multiple rumors linking him to various Championship clubs, and while he couldn’t break through this weekend, Ariyibi has shown early this season that he’s probably better than the level he’s playing at right now.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Likewise, Holmes was a big piece of Scunthorpe’s attack on the weekend, although his side recorded an impressive 4-0 win over Southend. After assisting on Scunthorpe’s opener with a low cross, Holmes was involved in the buildup to the second from a short corner and could have scored twice himself if he had been a bit luckier before being taken off in the final 10 minutes. His exertions earned him man of the match honors from Scunthorpe’s website and more than a few compliments from the team’s supporters on Twitter, and it seems he’s settled in well following his summer move from Huddersfield.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Finally, Boyd was back on the pitch this weekend, playing for RB Leipzig’s reserves in a game against Leipzig Lok. He told kicker after the game he thought he could have played better and maybe even found the net, but that will matter little in the long run. Boyd appears close to a return to action for the senior squad, which pulled off a stunning 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. After almost two years out, however, even this limited return was a moment to savor for the 25-year-old striker.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks took up his usual place as Hertha’s left-sided center back and was his usual excellent self in a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt on Saturday. The 23-year-old earned a 7.8 whoscored.com rating after recording an astounding 17 clearances, eight more than the next-closest total of any player in the game. In addition, Brooks tallied three interceptions and a tackle while passing at an 81 percent clip, second-best on his team, and he figures to be a critical piece of any success Hertha will have this season.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Though he was listed as a defender, Chandler was a vibrant part of the Frankfurt attack Saturday, causing problems for Darmstadt in a 1-0 loss. Chandler created multiple good chances around the area and even had a shot from inside the six-yard box blocked by a sliding defender. Frankfurt dominated with 78 percent possession, but were done in by a beautiful 90th-minute goal.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green was again an unused sub as Bayern defeated Schalke 2-0. He has yet to earn minutes this year, but he remains a staple on Bayern’s bench and could make his season debut soon.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
After a disappointing first fixture against Bayern, Johannsson bounced back well, scoring a penalty in first-half stoppage time in Werder’s 2-1 loss to Augsburg. The kick itself was pretty routine, as the forward sent the keeper the wrong way and rolled it into the corner, but it’s a major positive that not only is he on the scoresheet for the season, his team trusts him with the penalty duties. Unfortunately, the 25-year-old was brought off with 20 minutes to play, and his side conceded late to lose.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After providing an assist for Jozy Altidore in the win over T&T, Johnson was not in the Monchengladbach squad which lost 3-1 at Freiburg. It could turn out to be a good game to miss, as manager Andre Schubert might be saving him for a Tuesday night matchup with Manchester City in their Champions League group stage opener.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales only lasted 58 minutes in Ingolstadt’s aforementioned loss, and it seems the substitution was due to the midfielder’s poor play. Morales did little to impact the fixture, recording just one shot and two aerial wins while not filling any other rows on the stat sheet. It might not be all his own fault, as the midfield as a whole were thoroughly outplayed, so that group as a collective unit needs to improve.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
In an almost identical fashion to Johnson, Pulisic also provided an assist to Altidore before not seeing the pitch on the weekend in Dortmund’s 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig, though he was an unused sub. Dortmund start their UCL campaign on Wednesday against Legia Warsaw.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
It was an exciting week for Stanko, who made his USMNT debut, coming on in the 72nd minute against Trinidad and Tobago. He also made the pitch as a substitute for Vaduz, but that went horribly as his side were already down 4-0 when he came on and ultimately fell 5-0 to Lausanne. The jury is still out on whether Stanko will earn a full place in the USMNT given they were hampered by injury and suspensions, but the experience is vital nonetheless.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
In something of a shock given his recent form, Wood could not produce a goal in the USMNT’s 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago, as he played the first hour before being replaced by Jordan Morris. However, Wood was right back to it when he returned to Hamburg, as he scored the opening goal for his side in a 3-1 loss to Leverkusen. With the keeper charging way out of his box, Wood poked the ball around him and calmly slotted it into an empty net thereafter. At the time it gave Hamburg the lead, but they were
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse put in a full shift for Bochum in a 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim. It wasn’t a good result, as his side allowed two and could not find the net, and to top it off, Canouse picked up a yellow on the day. Still, minutes are what he needs, and he was going to be starved of them at Hoffenheim, so his presence is a big positive.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was deployed as a 65th minute sub as his side came back to earn a 1-1 draw with Greuther Fuerth. Given Kiesewetter is an attacker and the side was losing, the sub made sense, and the outcome will hopefully lead to more action for the striker.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault was not in the St. Pauli squad which beat Arminia Bielefeld 2-1.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten started and played all 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Kaiserslautern. The goal he scored earlier this year has been enough to keep him in the lineup, but the winger will be desperately be trying to avoid the terrible slump that he endured throughout last year.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu again found his place in the Reims squad, playing 71 minutes before being removed for a sub in a 2-0 win over Ajaccio.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath did not make the 18-man roster which produced a goalless draw with Haugesund after riding the bench for the USMNT on international duty.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen was a 62nd-minute sub and played a quality 30 minutes in Hearts’ 3-1 win over Hamilton Academical. He came on with game deadlocked at one, and Hearts scored minute later. Then, Johnsen nearly sealed the win, but his headed effort went wide. Still, he brought a bit of life to the squad in his short time on the pitch.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen had a bit quieter of a game at the back, but that isn’t the worst sign for a holding midfielder, and he again drew major praise from supporters on Twitter. Another promising note is Hearts have given up a joint-league-low five goals and are level on points with Celtic (though the powerhouse does have a game in hand).
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was not in the Groningen side that draw 1-1 with Sparta Rotterdam.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was twice an unused sub this week, first for Jurgen Klinsmann's side, and then for Utrecht in a 1-1 tie with PEC Zwolle.