Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams again missed both of Leipzig’s matches this week, a Champions League draw with Benfica and a Bundesliga win over Paderborn. Still, signs are positive for Adams, who could be back as early as this week form the adductor injury that has caused him to miss the entire season so far.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks logged 180 minutes this week for Wolfsburg, who won 1-0 in the Europa League against FC Olexandriya before falling to Werder Bremen 3-2 in the Bundesliga. In the former, Brooks’ five aerial wins and 89 percent passing accuracy combined with a clean sheet propelled him to man-of-the-match honors on whoscored.com. In the second contest, Brooks was again a net positive for the team despite his side giving up three goals as the center back provided an assist on Wolfsburg’s first goal by flicking a corner kick on to Wout Weghorst, who bundled it across the line from in tight (the play can be seen starting at 1:00 in this video). None of the three tallies that Wolfsburg gave up was the defender’s fault, either.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
On Friday, McKennie went the distance for Schalke in a 2-1 win over Union Berlin. The central defensive midfielder did a little bit of everything on the day, winning a ridiculous 10 aerials, recording four shots,
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales also logged a productive 90 minutes for his side this week as Fortuna drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim. Morales recorded maybe the luckiest assist of his life, but it was a critical one with his side down a goal and just three minutes left on the clock. The center midfielder worked his way into the box but seemed to know nothing about the cross that was coming in, being put off by a defender who whiffed a clearing header. The ball bounced off Morales and right to Rouwen Hennings, who smashed it home to steal a point (can be seen at 1:15 in this video). Morales also won four aerials and two tackles on the day.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen was bailed out this week by Morales’ assist as the goalie was caught out in no-man's land by an early cross that was turned into an empty net due to the keeper’s misplay (which can be seen at the start of the video linked above). Aside from that glaring error, Steffen saved five shots as well, but it’s hard to look past the mistake. The margins are razor thin for Fortuna, and though Steffen has been their best player all season, his error cost his side this week, and it could have been even worse if it weren’t for the last-gasp equalizer.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent was subbed on with 15 minutes to play in Werder’s aforementioned win over Wolfsburg. The young striker was not involved in the game-winning tally that came six minutes after his introduction. He didn’t do much during his time on the pitch, but it’s still good to see the manager trust him as a viable threat in critical moments.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
What a rise Pulisic has had this season. The winger is seemingly becoming a surefire starter after logging 180 minutes this week for Chelsea. He showed why he’s earned that status, too, scoring a critical goal in their 2-2 Champions League draw with Valencia. Tied at one, Pulisic dodged his marker in the area and bundled home a nodded-down cross to give Chelsea the lead early in the second period. The goal was originally ruled offside, but the slimmest of margins saw VAR overturn the decision and award the 21-year-old his first UCL goal in a Chelsea shirt. Pulisic didn’t do all that much for the rest of the contest, and the Blues were then shut out 1-0 at home on the weekend against local rivals West Ham. Pulisic had five dribbles in the contest, a key strength of his, and had five shots as well as he was probably Chelsea’s most dangerous attacker. He couldn’t move the needle for his side, though, and Chelsea have now slunked down to fourth place.
After picking up a hip injury, Yedlin did not make the roster for Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City. Though he played poorly last week in a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa, the benching seems directly related to the injury as opposed to on-field performance. It will be interesting to see if he will be healthy enough in time –– and potentially if he has the manager’s trust –– for Thursday’s clash with Sheffield United.
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, but that’s uncertain. Lille are struggling at the moment without him, as they sit in eighth in Ligue 1 and have already been locked into fourth place in their Champions League group, meaning they won’t be in the Europa League come the new year.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd played the first half of Besiktas’s 2-1 Europa League win over Slovan Bratislava before going as an unused sub in their 4-1 Super Lig win over Kayserispor.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Dest had another solid week, starting and going the distance in the Champions League before coming on as a substitute in the Eredivisie as Ajax snagged two more wins. In a 2-0 victory over Lille that keeps Ajax atop Group H heading into the final matchday, Dest started at right back and put in a very good shift. He was involved in the second-minute opener from Hakim Ziyech, first winning the ball back and then keeping it in play with a fancy over-the-shoulder pass that led to an incisive Ajax attack (the move starts at19 seconds in this match recap video). From there, he wasn’t perfect (at one point allowing a shot on target by standing too far off an attacker), but Dest was one of Ajax’s many consistent performers in the match, finishing with a 93 percent pass accuracy and three key passes, two dribbles in three tries, and two tackles in two attempts. The 19-year-old was kept on the bench to start Sunday’s league match at Twente, but he was brought on at left back with Ajax protecting a 3-2 lead in the 67th minute and helped his side turn it into a 5-2 win. He wasn’t involved in either goal after he came on but did record two successful dribbles in four attempts. He won’t start every game (unless injuries hit), but Dest is being trusted in important moments by manager Erik ten Hag, and as he continues to grow as a player, that trend will only continue.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Horvath was twice an unused substitute this week, watching Simon Mignolet from the bench in a 1-1 Champions League draw against Galatasaray and a 1-0 league win over Royal Excel Mouscron. With a Belgian Cup match up next on Wednesday, Horvath should be in line for minutes in a knockout competition this week.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Despite a poor performance in his first start of the season last weekend, Wood was named to the XI again on Saturday as Hamburg visited Osnabruck, and he again struggled to make a positive impact in a 2-1 loss. The striker had a very quiet 45 minutes, touching the ball 16 times, passing at just 40 percent, and not recording a shot before coming off with his side down two goals at halftime. He also gave the ball away to Niklas Schmidt on the opening goal, with the latter reeling off an outstanding solo goal after collecting the loose pass. Hamburg would nab a goal back after the break, but they weren’t able to overcome the two-goal deficit and fell out of the top spot in the league table with the defeat.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes was again in the starting XI for both of Derby’s games this week, going 77 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Fulham before playing the full match in a 1-1 draw against QPR. It was a similar story in both for Holmes: he was one of Derby’s most active players in the midfield and drove the side forward at every opportunity (four successful dribbles in each match), but his end product remains inconsistent (credited with just one shot and one key pass combined in the two games). With the Rams sitting in 14th place in the table, he’s going to need to start making more of an impact in the final third over the coming weeks if Derby is to rise in the table.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga too played 180 minutes on the right side of a back three as Reading lost 1-0 to Leeds and beat Wigan 3-1. Against Leeds, Miazga recorded four clearances but passed at just 60 percent as the Royals were under siege for most of the match. In the win over Wigan, the 24-year-old was less influential defensively but did tally two tackles and two clearances, as well as one key pass. He wasn’t involved in either goal Reading conceded. The win is a big one that opens up a five point gap between the two sides, with Wigan currently sitting in 22nd and the last relegation place from the Championship.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream also went 180 minutes, but his side won both of its games, beating Derby 3-0 and Swansea 2-1. The center back wasn’t asked to a whole lot of defending against the Rams as Fulham kept 62 percent possession, but they were held without a shot on target, and Ream was involved in the efforts at both ends with the second most touches in the team and a 90 percent pass accuracy. Against Swansea, he wasn’t involved in conceding the goal and did well defensively, with six clearances and an interception as well as a 93 percent pass completion rate. The Cottagers have now won four games in a row and sit in third place in the Championship, four points back of second-place West Brom and five behind leaders Leeds.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Wigan didn’t have a particularly good week, earning just one point from their two matches, but it was a notable week for Robinson. In the Latics’ 2-2 midweek draw with Millwall, the left back scored his first goal in senior football, getting behind on the overlap and lashing a shot from a tight angle that slipped under Millwall’s keeper to put Wigan 2-1 up early in the second half (the clip begins at 1:04 in this video). In addition to the goal, he also had four tackles, four clearances, and three aerial wins in the match, but he was victimized a few minutes after his goal on Millwall’s equalizer when he let Matt Smith out of his grasp and allowed him to rise unchallenged for an easy header. It’s all part of the learning process for the 22-year-old, but with Wigan struggling in the latter reaches of the table after another loss to Reading in which Robinson was decent but was caught out of position on one of the Royals’ goals, it’s clear that he still needs to improve in defense.
Chandler was twice an unused sub this week as Frankfurt beat Arsenal in the Europa League and fell to Mainz on the weekend.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson didn’t make the squad for Gladbach’s Europa League win over Wolfsberger of Austria but was on the bench and an unused substitute for their league triumph over Frieburg.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton was not in the Paderborn lineup for their loss to Leipzig.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron didn’t play in the midweek, but that may have been for the best as QPR were smacked 4-0 by Nottingham Forest. The center midfielder did start on the weekend, going the distance and picking up a yellow card in a 1-1 draw with Derby County. It’s his sixth yellow card on the season as he heads towards another suspension after missing a recent contest following his fifth booking.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was twice deployed as a right back this week, going 180 minutes in a pair of one-goal losses, 2-1 to Cardiff and 1-0 to Blackburn. The reception to the latter was not great for CCV, who was blasted on social media in the aftermath.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre didn’t play, but he was included on the bench for Fulham’s second match this week, a 2-1 win over Swansea City.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj was on the field for a full 180 minutes this week in a mixed bag of results as Hull smashed Preston 4-0 but fell to Barnsley 3-1. Hull sit in 12th but are just five points out of sixth and a spot in the promotion playoffs.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George again was a mid-game substitue coming on with 25 minutes to play. However, his side was already down 3-0 and would go on to lose 4-1. There wasn’t much the striker could do.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green is sideline with a knee ligament injury and is expected to be out through the winter break.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford entered with seven minutes to play and his side down 1-0, a scoreline that would hold in a loss to Hannover.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto was an unused sub for Hannover in their aforementioned win over St. Pauli.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich had a massive day for Frosinone, scoring one — his first for his new club — and assisting two in a 4-0 win over Empoli. The goal was a sweet header at the back post, but the assists (at 0:20 and 1:30 in this video) were both whiffed shots that went straight to his teammates for tap-ins. Still, it was a huge day for the emerging striker.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
It was good and bad for Gioacchini this week, as the forward scored a goal on the hour mark but was removed seven minutes later with an adductor injury, the same type of knock that has kept Tyler Adams out for months. The extent of the injury and recovery time are unknown at this stage. The goal was enough to propel Caen to a 1-0 win over Nancy.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne remains outside of the Portimonense 18-man roster.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also missed the FC Emmen 18-man squad this week.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright went the distance at left winger for Venlo, who fell 1-0 to Alkmaar.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike again missed out on the Kortrijk roster this week. Nothing new has come out about his injury, which he sustained a couple of weeks ago.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was not in the Anderlecht matchday roster this week.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler remains out with an injury and missed Anderlecht’s 3-2 loss to Oostende.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
For the second consecutive week, Palmer-Brown went the distance and helped Austria Wien keep a clean sheet in a comprehensive 5-0 win over Hartberg.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore went the distance at left back this week for Tenerife in a 3-1 defeat to Almeria.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon was again absent from the squad as Nordsjaelland drew 1-1 with Lyngby.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis played the first half of Hobro’s 1-1 Super League draw against AaB. The midfielder was responsible for Hobro’s goal with a whipped in corner that was headed home by an AaB player for an own goal. There were some worries that he had suffered an injury when he came off at the half, but it was later reported to have been a tactical change.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi played 60 minutes before coming off in Hobro’s aforementioned draw.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel remains out of the Hobro 18-man squad.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Hamalainen continued his run in the Killie side with another 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Hibernian. The left back was involved in his team’s last-gasp equalizer by launching a long ball that caused havoc in the Hibs box.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster again was held out of a pair of Rangers 18-man squads this week as Steven Gerrard’s side drew 2-2 with Feyenoord in the Europa League before beating Hearts 5-0 in the league.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi went the distance and picked up a yellow card on the wing for Panetolikos in a 3-0 loss to Panionios. That result pushes Panionios out of the basement at Panetolikos’s expense.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
With the Allsvenskan season over, Malmo’s only matches are Europa League and Swedish Cup ones for the time being. Gall was an unused substitute this week for a thrilling UEL tie that Malmo eked out 4-3 over Dynamo Kyiv courtesy of a stoppage time goal from retiring club legend Markus Rosenberg.
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 again an unused sub as St. Gallen won a second straight game by a 4-1 scoreline, this one over Luzern. In other related news, Klinsmann’s father, former USMNT boss Jurgen, was named manager of Jonathan’s (and Jurgen’s) former club, Hertha Berlin, this week on a deal that runs until the end of the season.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch is close to a return but is still sidelined with an ankle injury. He missed Sunderland’s 2-1 loss to Burton Albion.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Southend were inactive this week, as they had already been eliminated from the FA Cup and did not have a midweek League 1 fixture. Kelman likely wouldn’t have played anyway as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde played twice for Rotherham last week, playing the first half of an eventual 3-2 loss to Portsmouth in the midweek before going the distance in a remarkable FA Cup match as Rotherham, down 3-0 midway through the second half, scored four times in the final 15 minutes to earn a wild 4-3 win over fifth-tier side Solihull Moors.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips was an unused substitute in the midweek as Wycombe played to a scoreless draw with Ipswich. The side did not have a game over the weekend.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Dundee United’s scheduled league match with Greenock Morton was postponed late due to a frozen pitch.