Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams again missed both games for Leipzig this week, who topped their Champions League group after drawing Lyon 2-2 and took back the Bundesliga lead by beating Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-0. Coach Julian Nagelsmann said Adams could return to action before the German winter break, but with only one week and two games left –– the first being a massive clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday –– that is seeming less likely. Either way, the central midfielder should be fully good to go by January 18, when Leipzig suit up for the first time in 2020.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks sat during Wolfsburg’s final Europa League group stage match, a dead-rubber 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne, with the Wolves already qualified for the knockout stages. They’ll face Malmo. However, on the weekend, the center back logged a massive 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over then-leaders Borussia Monchengladbach. Brooks was quiet for most of the contest, and the lone concession was not his fault. Wolfsburg’s defense and midfield were solid all day, which was shown by their 18-6 shot advantage. Brooks also picked up his second yellow card of the season during the contest.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
It was bad news for McKennie this week, as the makeshift center back was injured in an awkward fall less than 10 minutes into Scahlke’s match with Eintracht Frankfurt. The diagnosis is a dislocated shoulder, but the length of time he will spend on the sidelines is unclear. He will certainly miss Schalke’s final matches before the winter break. Schalke went on to win the contest 1-0 and now sit in fourth place in the league.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen did start in the pounding, though, and he was punished early and often by Leipzig. The keeper could do nothing about the first two tallies, one of which was a penalty he did not concede, but he should have done better on the third goal, which the 24-year-old got two palms to but couldn’t push to safety, with the ball squeaking through to put the contest to bed. Even in the loss, however, Steffen made a highly impressive double save (33 seconds into this video), showing the brilliance that has seen his stock rise quickly this year.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent is sidelined with a hamstring injury that will keep him out through the German winter break. Werder were smacked 6-1 by Bayern this week.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic twice started and twice was subbed off around the hour mark this week for Chelsea, who had a critical 2-1, UCL win over Lille before disappointingly falling 1-0 on the weekend to Bournemouth. Pulisic played a critical role in Chelsea’s opener against the French side, driving at the heart of the defense before dishing to Willian in the area, who squared for a Tammy Abraham tap in. Pulisic was a threat on the wing throughout his time on the field, completing a game-high seven dribbles. He wasn’t nearly as effective against Bournemouth, however, not registering a single dribble and doing very little to fill up the stat sheet. Chelsea, who just a month ago were sitting pretty in second place, have fallen off the pace lately and will drop out of the top four if they lose to Tottenham this weekend.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
It was good news for Yedlin this week as the right back was healthy enough to be back on the bench the Newcastle. However, he watched on as his side fell 1-0 to Burnley. It’s a critical time for the defender to get back to fitness with the busy period approaching.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Weah is training, but it looks unlikely that he’ll make his return to the pitch in 2019. He could be back in action in January following the Ligue 1 winter break.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
It was a bad week for Besiktas, who were blanked 6-0 over two games, falling 4-0 to Wolves in the Europa League (in which they finished bottom of Group K) and losing 2-0 at home to Yeni Malatyaspor in the league. Boyd played 90 minutes in the former and was an unused substitute in the latter. In his full match against Wolves, Boyd was poor in a very bad team, getting the fewest touches on the pitch and putting his one early shot off target, so there’s no reason to expect his playing time to increase in the coming weeks now that Besiktas are out of the Europa League. It could be a long winter for Boyd.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Similarly, Dest and Ajax had a miserable week as well. The Dutch side lost a pair of 1-0 matches this week, the first of which, a home defeat to Valencia, saw the defending semifinalists knocked out of the Champions League and into the Europa League. Dest was a halftime substitute with Ajax down a goal in that contest, and while he wasn’t bad, he really didn’t move the needle in any significant way either after slotting in at right back, missing the target with his only shot and recording one tackle. Ajax will face Getafe in the Europa League. Dest then wasn’t in the 18-man squad on the weekend as the Eredivisie leaders lost their second straight, falling to a 90th-minute winner from AZ, who pulled level with Ajax (on points; Ajax lead on goal differential) atop the table with the victory. There’s no indication as to why he missed out on the weekend’s match; we’ll have an eye on it as Ajax prepare for their final match of 2019, against ADO Den Haag this Sunday.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
As usual, Horvath was twice on the bench this week and watched Simon Mignolet man the net as Brugge lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League and beat Mechelen 3-0 in the league. The Belgian side will face Manchester United in the Europa League in February.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was again an unused substitute as Hamburg drew 1-1 with Sandhausen. That’s now consecutive matches on the bench for Wood after starting twice in a row, so he seems to have fallen back out of favor. The striker desperately needs a move in January.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes played twice this week for Derby, who continued to stumble and are now winless in five after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday and a 1-0 loss to Millwall, both at home. Playing in the center of the midfield, Holmes was a lively figure for the Rams against Sheffield Wednesday, leading the team through the midfield and helping create a handful of chances. However, he was also guilty of switching off slightly early in the match when Wednesday capitalized on a loose pass intended for Holmes. He was much less effective on the weekend, struggling to unlock a tight Millwall backline that kept Derby off the scoreboard. Over the two matches, Holmes had four dribbles and four tackles, but he needs to start producing more in the final third for the struggling Rams, who have fallen into 16th in the table.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga played 90 minutes in the midweek as Reading tied Barnsley 1-1, but he then picked up a hamstring injury in training on Friday that kept him out of the weekend’s action as the Royals played to a scoreless draw with Stoke. The right-sided center back was up-and-down against Barnsley, passing much worse than usual at just 61 percent but recording four clearances and three aerials. He wasn’t involved in the goal, which came via a mistake from another center back. However, the injury that sidelined Miazga this weekend is a worry; there’s no real estimation on when he’ll be back just yet.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was his usual self this week, playing 180 minutes for Fulham, but the Cottagers also had a bad week, losing to Preston 2-1 and Brentford 1-0. The veteran center back wasn’t bad but wasn’t great; he was at least somewhat responsible for beating beaten easily in the buildup to Preston’s second but also tallied five clearances and three tackles, and he never made much of an effort to get close to the player who crossed in Brentford’s only goal. He remains a stalwart, but with Fulham having lost three in a row, Ream and his teammates need to improve heading into a jam-packed holiday period.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson continued his trend of starting every match for Wigan, twice going the full 90 minutes as the Latics drew 1-1 with both West Brom and Huddersfield. The left back was solid in both matches, finishing with four tackles and two dribbles over the two games. Despite not really standing out statistically, he was a threat for much of the match with West Brom, finding plenty of room to operate against the league leaders. The 22-year-old continues to shine despite his side continuing to flounder; Wigan sit in 23rd place and are winless in 10 Championship matches.
Chandler did not play in Europa League action, where Frankfurt snuck through to the knockout stages, but he did start and go the distance on the weekend in their aforementioned 1-0 loss to Schalke. It was the winger’s first start in any competition since late October and first in the league since September 14.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson did not suit up for either of Gladbach’s contests this week, a pair of tough losses that bounced them out of the Europa League and dropped them to second in the Bundesliga.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron started twice this week for QPR, going the distance in a midweek 2-0 win over Birmingham before being removed with over 20 minutes to play and his side down 4-2 in an eventual 5-3 loss to Barnsley.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
For the second straight week, CCV was left out of the Stoke squad, this time twice missing the 18-man roster as the Potters beat Luton Town and drew Reading, not allowing a goal in either match. It’s been reported that his absence is due to illness.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre made the bench twice this week and made his first Championship appearance this season, coming on with just seconds to play in a 2-1 midweek loss to Preston. On the weekend, he watched the entire game from the dugout, a 1-0 loss to Brentford.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj remains a stalwart in the Hull lineup, logging 180 minutes this week at outside back. However, the Tigers conceded four in their two contests, losing 2-0 to Leeds and drawing Charlton 2-2. Lichaj has started 20 of 22 Championship fixtures so far this season.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started again for Regensburg this week, going 80 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Erzgebirge Aue.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green is sidelined with a knee ligament injury and is expected to be out through the winter break.
Lankford was subbed on with 15 minutes to go and his side up 2-1 and provided a late assist to help kill off a 3-1 win over Wehen Wiesbaden. The midfielder provided a neat backheel flick to Viktor Gyokeres, who did well individually to create a shot and find the bottom corner. The pass and goal can be seen at 2:25 in this video.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto was an unused sub this week for Hannover, who fell 2-1 to Bochum.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich started and played just under an hour for Frosinone, who beat Pescara 2-0. It wasn’t a great day for the striker, though, as his replacement assisted the side’s opener and scored the second.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini returned from a knock this week, coming on with 35 minutes to play in a 2-1 loss to Rodez. Despite the defeat, it’s good to see the 19-year-old bounce back so quickly.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne remains outside of the Portimonense 18-man roster. Payne hasn’t played a league minute for Portimonense this season, and as such, we will be moving him off the list moving forward.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also missed the FC Emmen 18-man squad this week. Payne has only played 58 minutes for Emmen this year across two substitute appearances all the way back in August. He too will be moved off the list starting next week.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright started but was removed at halftime with Venlo down 2-0 in a 2-1 loss to PEC Zwolle.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was again an unused sub this week as Kortrijk lost 2-1 to Excel Mouscron.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was not on the Anderlecht matchday roster this week.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
After a fairly dramatic situation in which he at one point was described to need “urgent” knee surgery, Sandler underwent an operation last week and is now recovering. It was initially unclear if the injury would keep him out for the remainder of the campaign, in which case he would have returned to City, but he’s now only expected to miss approximately two months. It’s not ideal, but it could certainly be worse for the 22-year-old.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown seems to have nailed down something of a permanent spot in the Austria Wien backline, as he went 90 minutes again in a 1-1 draw against Wolfsberger AC.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore was a halftime substitute and picked up a late yellow card as Tenerife played to a scoreless draw against Alcorcon.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon was again absent from the Nordsjaelland squad.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
As has seemingly become tradition, Cappis played 90 minutes in the Hobro midfield and was cautioned as well. Hobro drew 1-1 with Brondby.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi was a 57th minute sub in the aforementioned draw. The winger is reportedly expected to leave the club in the winter and be sold for a profit, with larger Danish clubs including Brondby and Midtjylland mentioned, along with Dynamo Dresden and an unnamed second division side in France.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel was not in the 18-man roster.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Hamalainen played 90 minutes for Killie this week, but the side suffered a late heartbreak, falling to a 92nd minute winner from hosts Ross County.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
After he went as an unused substitute in Rangers’ Europa League draw with Young Boys, Polster was a surprising inclusion on the bench at Motherwell on the weekend, and he was even more surprisingly brought on to help Rangers see out a 2-0 lead for the final six minutes and stoppage time. He hasn’t played much this year, but Polster apparently hasn’t been completely forgotten about.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
For the second straight week, Ariyibi went 90 minutes in a 3-0 Panetolikos loss as the side fell 3-0 at home to PAOK.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was an unused substitute as Malmo won their last game of 2019, beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 in the Europa League to finish atop Group B. They’ll face Wolfsburg in the Round of 32.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Hammarby’s season is over. The side finished in third and qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round next year.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was not in the 18-man roster for St. Gallen’s 3-1 loss to FC Zurich.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch made his return from an ankle injury this week, coming on in the 72nd minute and picking up a late yellow card in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman did not make the Southend squad that drew Rotherham 2-2 as he continues to rehab his way back from an ankle injury.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde did play in that 2-2 draw, going 90 minutes for Rotherham.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips was an unused substitute for Wycombe in a 2-0 win over Burton.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes played 90 minutes as Dundee United made a sixth-minute goal hold up in a 1-0 win over Arbroath.