Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Starting in defensive midfield for the third straight game, Cameron put in another solid shift for Stoke as they drew 0-0 with West Ham. Cameron had a game-high five tackles, won three aerial duels, and stopped a cross from getting into the area before being taken off in the 68th minute. The Potters sit in 11th in the table, but they’re just three points out of fifth with an opportunity to move up further this weekend at home against sixth-place Crystal Palace.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
It’s been a miserable season for Guzan’s Aston Villa, and that continued Sunday in a 2-0 home loss to Arsenal. The veteran backstop made two saves, both in the final 15 minutes of the contest, but could do nothing to prevent the Gunners from scoring on a controversial penalty and a three-on-one break. Villa continue to slip further away from the bottom of the league, with just six points through 16 games, eight away from safety.
Tim Howard (Everton)
In a second consecutive 1-1 draw, this one at Norwich, Howard did not make a save and had one cross claim. The 36-year-old keeper conceded from a corner kick, which has been Everton’s undoing this season. Everton are on a six-match BPL unbeaten run, but four of those results have been draws, and the Toffees will need to start turning those ties into wins soon to make a push for a top-four spot.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin was handed a third-consecutive league start by manager Sam Allardyce, but his outing didn’t last long. The young right back was pulled in a tactical change after 19 poor minutes with Sunderland behind 1-0 to Watford. The move didn’t work out in the end, as that scoreline remained until the final whistle. Yedlin’s status will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks after such a short afternoon.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
After making a Tottenham matchday squad for the first time in the Europa League on Thursday, Carter-Vickers went 90 minutes for the U-21s on Monday in a 1-1 draw with Everton. Carter-Vickers didn’t play in the 4-1 Europa League win over Monaco, but even the fact that he was in the 18-man squad at the age of 17 says a lot about Spurs’ future plans for the center back.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem impressed in a 2-2 draw with Greenock Morton on Saturday, garnering praise from manager Mark Warburton after a solid 61-minute shift. Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Zelalem was consistently involved for Rangers, who dropped points at home for the first time in eight games. Still, Rangers sit atop the Scottish Championship, and Zelalem will continue to fight in their chase for promotion back to the Scottish Premier League
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Once again, Cropper was on the bench as MK Dons lost 1-0 to Ipswich. Dons are in the relegation zone with just 16 points through 20 games, so Cropper may get an opportunity between the sticks for Milton Keynes at some point, though when that might come remains a mystery.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
After playing 90 effective minutes for the U-21s in a 3-1 victory over Colchester last Tuesday, Hyndman was an unused substitute for the senior side on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Brentford. The 19-year-old is finally starting to earn some attention from currently manager-less Fulham, although he still looks on his way out the door at Craven Cottage.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was in the starting lineup and went the distance in the draw with Brentford. He wasn’t at fault for either of the goals conceded, but it was a fairly quiet day for Ream. He didn’t put in any tackles, and while he led his side with eight clearances, it was disappointment for Fulham once again, as they failed to win for the sixth Championship game in a row and fell to 17th in the table.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Forest came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Wolves on Friday night, with Lichaj playing a part in nabbing a road point. The right back had three tackles and nearly found the net with a header from a corner as Forest extended their unbeaten run to three. He also could have had an assist at two different points early in the second half, but the Forest strikers failed to find the target both times.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was not involved for Reading’s U-21s in a draw with Everton on Wednesday, nor was he named in the 18-man squad for the 1-0 loss to Preston on the weekend.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams went the distance for the Royals at Preston, putting in a decent shift in central midfield. He converted 91 percent of his passes, highest of any player who started the contest, and had one late shot on target as Reading sought an equalizer that never came. Reading have now lost three straight games to fall to 12th after a superb start to the season.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
In a 4-0 road win over Darmstadt, Brooks was once again a standout for surprising Hertha, who moved into third place in the Bundesliga. With Hertha already up 2-0 just after halftime, Brooks nodded a corner back across goal, which Vedad Ibisevic poked in. It was Brooks’ first Bundesliga assist and part of a terrific showing for the center back, who also completed 90 percent of his passes and won six aerial battles.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
With Bayern already through to the last 16 of the Champions League, Green was handed his first start for the Bavarians’ senior side in the final group game, a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb. It was Green’s second-ever appearance for the senior side, and the young winger was solid, if not spectacular, in 62 minutes on the pitch, completing 84 percent of his passes. With Bayern II on winter break, Green isn’t likely to get a whole lot of playing time over the next two months, but at least he is on the radar of the senior team.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson remains out with a hip injury, and although he has resumed individual training for Werder, it remains unclear when he will return to the lineup. When he does, he’ll enter a relegation fight, as Werder currently sit on 15 points, just one above the relegation playoff spot and three above the bottom following a draw with Cologne over the weekend.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson remained hot in Champions League action last week against Manchester City, helping set up both of Monchengladbach’s goals in an eventual 4-2 loss in England. The winger went on a bursting run through the heart of City’s defense before dishing off as Julian Korb tied the game at one, then scuffed a shot to the foot of Raffael, who made it 2-1 just before halftime. He was only credited with one assist, as Lars Stindl added a touch to Johnson’s pass on Korb’s goal, but his influence was evident when Gladbach conceded three late goals after the American was subbed off to crash out of Europe. Johnson then missed a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen with a toe problem, but he returned to training Monday and could feature in the DfB-Pokal this week or the Bundesliga on the weekend.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Once more, Kiesewetter was not in Stuttgart II’s squad for a 1-1 draw with Dynamo Dresden on Friday, nor was he in the senior side for a scoreless tie against Mainz on the same night.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was unavailable for selection due to a yellow-card suspension in a 2-0 loss at Bayern Munich on Saturday. He’ll be eligible to return when the Bundesliga debutants host Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Still on the sideline for RB Leipzig, Boyd’s rehab from a long-term knee injury continues, with the striker eyeing a January return to full training. When he does come back, he’ll do so for a side fighting for a 2. Bundesliga title, with Leipzig currently three points ahead of Freiburg atop the second division table.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
On the road against Fortuna Dusseldorf, Wood got back onto the scoresheet after three games without a goal, and he did so twice in a 3-0 win. He first gave Union the lead with a terrific tally, chipping over the onrushing keeper after an excellent run and pass to his foot, and extended it in the second half with a good left-footed finish. Wood has come on big time this season, and he’s now tied for fourth in the 2. Bundesliga with seven goals.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten is struggling after his flying start to the season, and that continued Friday. Sandhausen lost 2-0 at home to Braunschweig, their second defeat in three games, and Wooten hasn’t scored in 12 games after hitting the back of the net six times in his side’s first six games.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya went 72 minutes as Nantes drew 1-1 with Toulouse on Saturday. His side were down when Bedoya came off the pitch, although the American winger put in two tackles and had one shot off target in a decent showing. With four consecutive draws, Nantes have moved to 12th in the table, but they sit just four points out of the final relegation spot.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
In Europa League action, Horvath had two saves and four cross claims as Molde drew 1-1 with Ajax in Amsterdam to clinch their spot atop Group A. The draw wasn’t too kind to Molde, though, as they’ll face UEL holders Sevilla in the Round of 32 in February after the Spaniards dropped down from the Champions League.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin is still out after undergoing ankle surgery, and he is expected to remain sidelined at least into January. His Utrecht squad won their third straight game over the weekend, defeating Ajax 1-0 to move up to eighth in the Eredivisie table.