Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Nothing is going right for Cameron or Stoke as the side was swamped in a 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace. Playing at center back, Cameron was responsible for the second goal, as he was late to cover Scott Dann, who headed a corner kick into the net. Cameron was also unlucky later as Palace’s fourth goal took a wicked deflection off him, wrong-footed the keeper, and flew into the back of the net. Stoke continue to sit at the bottom of the table and have a league
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan was an unused sub as Boro lost to Everton 3-1.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman was not selected to the 18-man squad which lost to Manchester City 4-0.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga was an unused sub as Vitesse beat Go Ahead Eagles 2-0.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was not selected to the Tottenham 18-man roster which beat Sunderland 1-0. However, more reports emerged that Mauricio Pochettino has taking a strong liking to the youngster, and he could be ready for a first-team debut possibly as soon as Spurs’ EFL Cup tie Wednesday.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was an unused sub as Sunderland fell 1-0 to Tottenham. It was the first game all year that Gooch didn’t play in, though, and the 20-year-old is likely to play a big part for Sunderland this season after the clear impact he’s made on new manager David Moyes.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem was not in either the Arsenal first team or reserve side this weekend.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream seems to have completely lost his spot in the squad, as he was first an unused sub against Burton Albion in the midweek before not being selected to the 18-man roster against Wigan. Both games ended up in ties.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
Though de la Torre seems a ways off from appearing for the first team outside of a potential Cup appearance, he again played for the U-23s in a 2-1 win over their counterparts from Stoke. The 18-year-old was heavily involved in the first goal, as his cross was played back across the goal and then turned into the net. It wasn’t credited as an assist for de la Torre, but it was an important play nonetheless.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played 90 minutes in both Forest’s 2-2 draw with Rotherham and their 2-1 loss to Norwich. Though the defense he played in allowed four goals over the two games, Lichaj did not have a particularly bad week and even contributed in the attack. With the game against Norwich still deadlocked at zeros, Lichaj made his way onto the end of a cross and clanked a header off the post, with the rebound falling directly to a teammate, who put it in the back of the net. In truth, Lichaj should have probably scored, but it was still a big play from the fullback.
For the second week in a row, Novakovich had an impressive game for the U-23 squad, this time in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Chelsea. The forward provided a key assist in the second half which tied the fixture and again played all 90 minutes. Novakovich is working his way more into the squad this year and is producing, and that might just lead to a breakthrough with the first team.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams played 180 minutes for Reading this week as the Royals drew with Birmingham and beat Barnsley. In the former, Williams was average, but he played a solid game at defensive mid in a 4-2-3-1 against Barnsley, recording a seven tackles and passing at an 86 percent clip. It remains to be seen if the Royals’ shift from the 4-3-3 they usually play (which is how they lined up in the midweek) will be permanent, but Williams, who isn’t having the greatest start to the year, could stand to benefit from the switch.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
After a putting in a solid performance last week, Spector was average at best over 180 minutes, first in the aforementioned draw with Reading and second in a comeback win over Sheffield Wednesday. Spector recorded only one tackle and one aerial win in the two matches and had 6.3 and 6.4 match ratings on whoscored.com. His side still came away with four points, so it wasn’t all that bad overall despite his less-than-stellar showings, and Spector should be keeping his spot in the lineup for some time to come.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
During Newcastle’s two fixtures, a 6-0 win over QPR and a 2-0 loss to Wolves, Yedlin appeared for just 15 minutes, coming on as a sub against QPR with a 5-0 lead already in hand.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Once again, Ariyibi shined for Chesterfield on the wing in a 3-1 win over Northampton Town. He was only directly involved in one of the Spireites’ three goals, and his assist on that tally wasn’t spectacular, as he passed short to Conor Wilkinson, who danced around before seeing a long-range shot deflected in. While that was his only play that showed up on the scoresheet, Ariyibi starred anyway. His performance earned him a spot in The Football League Paper’s League 1 team of the week, and his manager said he was “unplayable,” so it’s clear that he made a major impact in the way the game unfolded.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was not as dangerous this week as last, as he put in 45 minutes against before being taken out at halftime in a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury. The lone goal was scored just before the halftime whistle, but Holmes was not involved.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd is still on the road back from injury and as such was not in RB Leipzig’s 18-man roster which smashed Hamburg 4-0.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks seems to have picked up a bit of a knock with a muscle injury that kept him out of the roster against Schalke, a game Hertha won 2-0. He is also expected to miss their midweek fixture against Bayern Munich.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
While Eintracht earned all three points in a tough 2-1 win over Leverkusen, Chandler struggled to make a positive impact. He had one dangerous cross into the box in the first half, but after the break, the right back was repeatedly caught out of position. He was nowhere to be found when Kevin Volland streaked down his side and played in Javier Hernandez for Leverkusen’s opener, and his positional difficulties led to him being caught well up field late on as Leverkusen broke. Chandler ultimately got all the way back to his own box, but that wasn’t a good thing as he clipped Julian Brandt, who was through on goal, leaving the official no choice but to award a penalty in the 88th minute. He was also shown a yellow card for the tackle, but his gamble ended up paying off when Chicharito slammed the spot-kick off the post. It was a fortunate lifeline for the defender, who has started his season well, but whether he retains his place after a mediocre performance remains to be seen.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green again rode the bench for Bayern this week, watching on as the Bavarians beat Rostov 5-0 in the Champions League and Ingolstadt 3-1 in the Bundesliga. He’s still in the team on a consistent basis, but playing time will be difficult for Green to come by throughout the season in such a talented squad.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Despite only coming on at halftime, Johannsson had an incredibly busy day — both for good reasons and bad ones — as Bremen were shellacked 4-1 by Borussia Monchengladbach. The striker was extremely lively after entering the fray with his side down 4-0, linking with teammates in the attack, putting pressure on the Gladbach goal (and only being denied a tally by a goal-line block from former teammate Jannik Vestergaard), and adding a lovely assist with a chipped through ball, although most of the plaudits will go to Serge Gnabry for his howitzer of a volley (LINK). All of that good, however, was undone when Johannsson was shown a straight red card for dissent after a tackle he felt should have resulted in a free kick for Bremen went unpunished. All in all, it was a wild afternoon for the 25-year-old, and it was compounded by his manager, Viktor Skrypnyk, being fired the following day, so Johannsson will have to win over a new boss in the coming weeks.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After going the full 90 minutes as his side as a whole underwhelmed against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, Johnson was far better in the aforementioned win over Bremen. In his 85 minutes on the pitch, Johnson repeatedly connected with strikers Raffael and Thorgan Hazard, providing the assist for the latter on the opening goal of the match with a simple through ball. The winger could have had another assist had Hazard’s late attempt not cannoned back off the post. He also had two shots — one on target, one blocked — and passed at an 85 percent clip in the contest. It must be said that his midweek showing was particularly poor, as Johnson was the lowest rated Gladbach player on whoscored.com, but he repaid manager Andre Schubert’s faith with an excellent response Saturday.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
In the loss to Bayern, Morales performed his duties diligently before being subbed off in the 64th minute, but he will perhaps regret that he couldn’t make more of an impact. The midfielder had two shots off target, one tackle, and won four aerial duels, but he failed to make an impression going forward in a match Ingolstadt played well in and stunningly outshot Bayern. He’ll hope to keep his place for the games this week against Eintracht and Gladbach, but it won’t be a guarantee.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Few, if any, American players in Europe have ever had a week like the one Christian Pulisic just experienced. First, on Wednesday, Pulisic became Borussia Dortmund’s youngest-ever Champions League player, an occasion he marked with an assist on Dortmund’s fifth goal in a 6-0 thrashing at Legia Warsaw. He also had a pair of shots and three tackles while playing the entire match, but that was just an appetizer. On Saturday against Darmstadt, after a first half in which he wasn’t too involved, the winger was almost unplayable over the final 45 minutes as he was involved in each of Dortmund’s five second-half tallies in another 6-0 win. He started the move that led to the first with a driving run, swept the second into an empty net, contributed an outside-of-the-foot nutmeg assist on the third, made a simple pass in the buildup to the fourth, and crossed to Emre Mor, who put home the fifth. All in all, Pulisic had a goal and two assists while roaming all around the attacking half, completing 87 percent of his passes to boot. Then, to cap it all off, Pulisic turned 18 on Sunday, the cherry on top of a week the young starlet will remember for a long time.
Vaduz had the week off with Switzerland’s top league taking a break to play in the cup competition, which the Liechtenstein-based side does not compete in.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
For the first time in the Bundesliga, Wood played but didn’t score as Hamburg were the victims of a stellar second half from RB Leipzig in the aforementioned 4-0 contest. Before being replaced in the 83rd minute, Wood picked up a yellow card and had one shot off target, although his quiet day was as much down to a lack of support from his teammates than his own shortcomings. The 23-year-old finished the match with just 35 touches of the ball, the fewest of any Hamburg starter, but he remains the club’s only scorer in Bundesliga play this season, so he should remain entrenched in the lineup for the foreseeable future.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse watched from the bench as Bochum topped Nurnberg in sensational fashion, scoring twice in the second half to win 5-4.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
With his side down 2-0 in the 82nd minute, Kiesewetter was brought on to try and turn the game in Fortuna’s favor. The ploy didn’t work as the side fell by that same score, but the 23-year-old has now appeared in five straight games in all competitions for Dusseldorf and should get plenty more action moving forward.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
For the second week in a row, Picault was not in St. Pauli’s squad, which drew at Karlsruher. It’s unclear if he’s missed out due to injuries or for other reasons, but the 25-year-old forward will look to be back in the side this week for either of St. Pauli’s 2. Bundesliga contests.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten went the first 67 minutes as Sandhausen fell 2-1 to Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday. He was only on the pitch for one of the goals, Braunschweig’s opener in the 62nd minute, before being substituted in favor of Richard Sukuta-Pasu, who scored a consolation goal for Sandhausen in stoppage time.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu started and went 64 minutes in Reims’ road draw with Sochaux. He was on the pitch for his side’s opening goal, but was taken off before the hosts equalized. With Reims set to play twice this week, Siebatcheu should find himself on the pitch for the side, which is currently a point behind the Ligue 2 leaders early in the season.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
After missing out last week following a late return from international duty, Horvath was back between the sticks for Molde on Saturday in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Viking. Despite the loss, the youngster was impressive, as he was only beaten by an unstoppable close-range header and made four saves, one of which came on a second-half breakaway in which he closed down the shooter superbly. With six games to go in the Tippeligaen season, Molde are three points out of a Europa League spot, and Horvath will play a big part in the push for continental football next season.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen was handed his first Hearts start in a 1-0 away loss to St. Johnstone. Before being taken off in the 71st minute, the target striker was heavily involved in the attack for Hearts, forcing one save and creating another good chance, although the visitors couldn’t break through. Nonetheless, Johnsen looks to have secured a spot around the 18-man squad, and he’ll likely continue to receive chances to impress in the coming weeks and months.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Although he went 90 minutes, Kitchen couldn’t quite make an impact in Hearts’ defeat. Still, the 24-year-old has carved out a niche for himself in Scotland, and Hearts supporters seem to think he’s going to be playing at a higher level before too long.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was not in the Groningen side that crushed Utrecht 5-1. He has yet to appear for the first team this season, though it’s unclear whether he’s injured or simply not fancied by manager Ernest Faber. Whether or not the 20-year-old is selected for Tuesday’s cup match against fourth-tier side Capelle could say a lot about his chances of getting playing time this year.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Like his compatriot Payne, Rubin did not appear in the aforementioned Groningen blowout of Utrecht. Rubin was on the bench, though, and he’s gotten plenty of looks early in the season.