Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron remains in the United States as he continues his recovery from the ankle injury that’s kept him sidelined since late October. There’s still no timetable for the versatile veteran to return to Stoke’s lineup.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was granted a start at center back against fourth-tier Wycombe in the FA Cup, and while Spurs were able to pull out a win, the youngster had a poor day in the 4-3 result. Carter-Vickers struggled to mark hulking striker Adebayo Akinfenwa throughout the fixture and conceded the penalty that led to Wycombe's second tally. He had a slight moment of redemption when he got the assist on Spurs’ first goal early in the second half, but it wasn’t a standout play from Carter-Vickers as all he did was flick the ball along in the area and get it to Heung-
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch made his return from injury to Sunderland’s U-23 side in a goalless draw with Liverpool. The midfielder played just over an hour in the contest, as he is still looking to fully regain fitness. He couldn’t make an impact on the scoresheet, but Gooch was solid throughout his hour on the pitch as he looks to return to the senior side that desperately needs a boost in the relegation race.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
It was finally confirmed this week that Guzan will be heading back to the MLS to join Atlanta United, but that move will not occur until this summer as he will play out the season with Boro. The keeper was not in the 18-man roster which beat Accrington 1-0 in the FA Cup over the weekend.
Brooks Lennon (Liverpool)
Lennon again didn’t make the Liverpool U-23 squad, and more interesting news came out this week about his future after the 19-year-old was spotted training with Real Salt Lake in Arizona. Nothing is final, but it looks as if the youngster will be on his way back to the United States, at least for the time being.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde went the distance for United’s reserves in a 3-1 loss to their counterparts from Everton. Not only did the backline allow three goals, Olosunde also was responsible for giving away a penalty kick, which his keeper saved. It was far from the right back's best, but he has plenty of time to make his mark in the second half of the season.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal → VVV Venlo)
It was a big week for Zelalem, who confirmed his loan move to Dutch second tier side VVV Venlo. He didn’t start for them this week, but it is likely he will get significant minutes moving forward, as he certainly wasn’t brought in to sit on the bench.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj had a rough go at right back for Forest in a 2-0 midweek loss to Leeds. He barely marked the stat sheet and passed at an average 77 percent while struggling to a 5.9 match rating on whoscored.com, third-worst on his team. Forest need to stay sharp, too, as they sit just five points above the relegation zone and are currently without a manager.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started twice this week for Fulham, in a 1-0 league loss to Reading and a 4-1 cup win over Hull. The former was not his best work, with just two aerials won and two tackles recorded, but he should be enthused by his second performance of the week, in which the Cottagers’ backline held Hull at bay. We already wrote about how bad the Tigers were this weekend, but it’s nonetheless always a good feeling to beat a team who is in a higher division, and that should give Ream and
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre started and played 90 minutes for Fulham’s PL 2 side in a 2-1 win over Swansea City. The attacker did little of note, but he continues to get the minutes that will help him develop.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams opposed Ream this week in Reading’s aforementioned win and played like his normal, solid self in the center of the park. The midfielder recorded three shots and won four tackles while putting up an above-average 7.8 rating on whoscored.com. He then worked for Reading in a 2-1 win over Cardiff on the weekend, passing at an 84 percent clip, making two tackles, and seeing a shot saved in the buildup to Royals’ opening goal. Reading sit in third place and look a good bet to at worst qualify for the promotion playoff.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich’s flying form continued on Monday in a 3-3 draw with Derby County’s U-23 side. The striker found the net twice on either side of halftime, with the first being an impressive volleyed effort. The young striker is quickly turning into the threat he has been touted as, and his play is only getting better by the week. He might not have earned a call up into the senior side yet, but if he can maintain this form, Novakovich could be playing in the Championship sooner rather than later.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was an unused sub that Rafa Benitez might regret not starting after the Magpies were smacked 3-0 by Oxford and bounced from the FA Cup.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Chesterfield were off this week and will return to action on February 4 against Oldham.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes started and played 78 minutes in Scunthorpe’s 3-2 win over Port Vale. He didn’t do much of note aside from recording an early shot that was blocked, but it was another critical three points for the League One leaders.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig → Darmstadt)
It was a wild week for Boyd as he was granted his first Bundesliga start after making a move to relegation-zone side Darmstadt in the midweek. However, the game did not go as planned as Boyd, who was deployed as a striker, couldn’t get much going and his side was routed 6-1 by Cologne. Boyd will have to start finding the net for Darmstadt, who sit last in the league and are currently struggling to get anything going, in a hurry if he wants to help his new side stay in the Bundesliga.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks again logged 90 minutes for Hertha, whose skid continued with a 2-1 loss to Freiburg. Brooks himself had a sluggish performance, as on both Freiburg goals, he had chances to win headers that could have prevented the chance, and then opportunities close down an opponent after the first mistake, and he failed on all four accounts. It was a poor performance for the center back, and one he will need to bounce back from immediately.
Chandler played a full shift for Frankfurt in a 1-0 win over Schalke on Friday. He wasn’t great in the fixture, but the wingback had some vital moments, winning the free kick that led to the only goal of the game, putting a few dangerous crosses into the box, and coming up with a key block in front of his own goal. He also had the second-most touches of any player in his side, although he didn’t use them as well as he might have hoped, finishing with a 57 percent passing clip. With the win, Frankfurt jumped into third place in the Bundesliga, a point ahead of Dortmund and Hoffenheim.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Once again, Johannsson wasn’t included in Bremen’s 18-man squad for their spirited, but ultimately fruitless, clash with Bayern Munich that ended in a 2-1 defeat.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was in Gladbach’s squad for the first time since mid-December and made his return from an Achilles injury late in the side’s 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. The substitute was credited with one interception and five touches after entering in the 85th minute as Gladbach saw out a solid come-from-behind win that they trailed 2-0 in.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
In a 3-1 win over Hamburg, Morales put in an excellent shift while filling out the stat sheet as Ingolstadt jumped over their guests and into the relegation playoff place. Morales didn’t get on the scoresheet, but he was very involved in the win. The midfielder finished with five successful dribbles and six interceptions, both of which were team-highs, as well as five aerial wins and two shots that needed saving. His contributions earned Morales an 8.1 whoscored.com match rating, tied for second-best in the squad in what was a critical win for the hosts as they battle against the drop.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was an extremely late substitute as Dortmund drew with Mainz. In his short stretch on the pitch after entering in the 86th minute, the winger finished with one accurate pass, one misplaced pass, and one foul. Dortmund moved up into fourth place with the point they earned.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
It was a trying day for Wood in Hamburg’s previously mentioned 3-1 loss to Ingolstadt. The striker had one close-range shot saved and one effort from outside the box blocked while winning three aerials and completing four dribbles. However, he also lost possession 11 times on the day, most of any Hamburg player, as the side fell into the relegation zone, below the Ingolstadt team that defeated it.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was an unused substitute for Bochum, who began the second half of their season with a 2-1 defeat to Union Berlin in which they threw a 1-0 lead away.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green played the first half of Stuttgart’s 2017 opener in which they defeated St. Pauli 1-0. The former Bayern attacker finished with one completed dribble, one tackle, and one interception while finishing with just 26 touches of the ball and getting dragged off at
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter did not appear after being named to the bench as Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 3-0 to Sandhausen.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
In the aforementioned win over Fortuna Dusseldorf, Wooten played an important role in starting Sandhausen’s climb to a victory. The forward delivered a cross that found its way to teammate Lucas Holer, who spun and finished with help from a deflection to give Sandhausen the lead in the 14th minute. Wooten didn’t a whole lot else of note, finishing with an 83 percent pass completion rate, but his fourth assist of the season was a critical one to set Sandhausen on their way to victory as the side moved into eighth place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Since coming to Brugge, Horvath has been consistently selected to the bench, and that didn’t change this week. The keeper was twice an unused sub behind starter Ludovic Butelle as Brugge defeated Waasland-Beveren 2-1 and lost to Gent 2-0 in a pair of Jupiler League contests.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
A week after tallying an assist in his Rangers debut, Hyndman found the net for the first time with his loan club, sealing a 2-0 victory over Motherwell with an 87th-minute goal that cooled Rangers’ nerves. The midfielder picked up the ball and moved it quickly to a teammate before continuing his run into the box, taking a return pass, and ripping a shot past Motherwell keeper Craig Samson to seal the victory. He also helped set up the opener with a nice run and pass while having one other shot saved in a solid overall performance on his first Premiership start for Rangers.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen went the full 120 minutes for Hearts in a Scottish Cup win over Raith Rovers in the midweek before playing 90 in a Premiership loss to Celtic. He couldn’t do much of note against Celtic, but in the Cup win, Johnsen was at the center of much of Hearts’ success going forward, finishing with a goal (from a tap-in to bring the score to its final margin in extra time) and an assist on the Hearts opener. He continues to play well for Hearts since his arrival in the summer and will look for more success over the second half of the season.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen went the distance against Raith Rovers and was taken off in the 81st against Celtic. He wasn’t able to create much going forward but did captain the side in both contests for Hearts, who sit in fourth in the Scottish table.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Twice this week, Miazga was a late substitute in wins for Vitesse. He came on in the 89th minute against Feyenoord in a 2-0 victory in the KNVB Cup before entering in the 78th minute as the side beat AZ Alkmaar 2-1 in the Eredivisie, a game in which the center back won two aerials and one tackle. Vitesse sit in seventh, the Netherlands’ final Europa League qualifying position.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was an unused substitute for Groningen in a scoreless draw with Heerenveen in Eredivisie play.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez wasn’t selected for either of Fiorentina’s games this week as they lost 1-0 to Napoli in the Coppa Italia before a 3-3 draw with Genoa in league play.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin didn’t make either of Utrecht’s squads this week as the side lost to Cambuur on penalties in the Cup game midweek before beating Go Ahead Eagles in league play.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims → Châteauroux, Championnat National)
Struggling for playing time with Reims, Siebatcheu was sent on loan to National League side Châteauroux in the third tier. The club didn’t play this past weekend, but it’ll be interesting to see over the second half of the season whether he’s able to get consistent playing time during his loan spell with the third division’s sixth-placed side.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
The Swiss Super League began its winter break after play on December 11. Vaduz currently prop up the table in 10th place. Vaduz returns to action February 5 against FC St. Gallen.