Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron finally made his long-awaited return for Stoke City this weekend, coming on with 10 minutes to play against Tottenham. By the time the defender entered the pitch, Stoke was already deep in a 4-0 hole, and that poor showing could lead to Cameron getting more minutes next week. For now, though, it is a promising sign that he is fit enough to enter a match.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
With Mauricio Pochettino throwing his big guns at the Europa League, Carter-Vickers did not make the 18-man roster which drew 2-2 with Gent to bow out of the competition. He also missed the weekend squad for Stoke.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was an unused sub this weekend as Sunderland lost 2-0 to Everton. He was not selected for the U-23s’ game on Monday.
Guzan returned to the bench this week as Boro returned to league action and lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Manchester United’s PL 2 side was off this week and returns to action on March 6 against Sunderland.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi did not make an appearance for either Forest’s senior or U-23 sides this week.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj, however, took up his normal spot at right back and played well for Forest in a goalless draw with Wigan. The defender completed three dribbles and won two tackles and two aerials during his 90 minutes on the pitch. It certainly wasn’t the best performance from either side, but Lichaj’s primary role is a defensive one, so a clean is certainly a positive.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played 180 minutes for Fulham this week in a 2-0 win over Bristol City and a 2-2 draw with Cardiff. In the midweek, Fulham’s backline was stellar, allowing just seven shots to Bristol City and smothering their offense. Ream himself won three aerials and four tackles on the day. The defense wasn’t as good against Cardiff, but Ream’s 7.3 whoscored.com match rating (third-best on his team) was boosted by a whopping eight aerial wins and a 95 percent pass completion rate. Fulham are now just five points out of sixth place (with a game in hand), and with 13 games to go, they have a real chance of sneaking into the promotion playoff.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre was in action in for two of the three USMNT U-20 games this week at the U-20 CONCACAF Championships, which serve as qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup in May. Against Haiti in the second group stage game, De la Torre scored what turned out to be the winner in a 4-1 victory over the island nation. After the Haitian keeper could only get a weak hand to a corner, De la Torre pounced, squeaking a shot through a defender’s legs and into the back of the net to give the USMNT the lead for good. Then, against Mexico in the first game of the classification stage (the second group stage), de la Torre performed well against Mexico in a 1-0 win against the rivals, creating a couple of good opportunities in his 90 minutes on the pitch. The U-20s now need just a draw against El Salvador to confirm their place in the World Cup (the top two teams in the three-team group qualify), but a win would also see them through to the final of the continental tournament against the other group’s winner.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams played twice this week for Reading in a pair off tough losses to top opposition. In a 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield, Williams was completely out of sorts, barely marking up the stat sheet and passing at just 76 percent, a low rate for the midfielder. It got worse on the weekend as the Royals fell 3-0 to Brighton. Williams was able to get back to his quality passing self — hitting on 95 percent of his attempts — but recorded just one aerial win, and while he had five shots, none of them found the net. It is a tough task to play first and third in the same week, but Reading have slipped to fifth, and Ream’s Fulham outfit certainly has the Royals in sight.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich did not make an appearance for the Royals’ senior side, and the U-23s’ game against Stoke was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was average in Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Bristol City but did make a last man tackle early in the game which prevented his side going down two goals, though they would concede the second minutes later. On top of that moment, the right back won three aerials and two tackles. Newcastle are currently in second, five points clear of the promotion playoff, but they will surely feel they missed an opportunity to go top playing against a bottom feeder in Bristol City.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Scunthorpe again drew 1-1 this week, against Bristol Rovers, as Holmes played the entire 90 minutes. The winger’s biggest impact on the game came in the opening minute, when he had a chance to give the Iron an early lead, but his effort was easily saved. Scunthorpe are only in second on goal differential (though they do have a game in hand), so it is going to be a fascinating last stretch of the campaign as they hunt for promotion.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd came on at halftime for Darmstadt, and though his side was able to find the opener two minutes later, Darmstadt capitulated and ultimately lost 2-1 to Augsburg. Boyd himself was decent in his half on the pitch, winning four aerials and tallying two shots. Still though, with Darmstadt sitting bottom, it looks like Boyd will be returning to the 2. Bundesliga as quickly as he left.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks and the rest of Hertha’s defense were solid this week and picked up a massive 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Brooks didn’t do anything special, but he did pass at an impressive 93 percent and complete two tackles. But, most importantly, Brooks played a big role in keeping Eintracht off the score sheet. Hertha are now just one point behind fourth-place Hoffenheim as the European race heats up in Germany.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Brooks’ victory was Chandlers’ loss, however, as his three-man backline wasn’t at its best against Hertha.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was an unused sub as Werder beat Wolfsburg 2-1. The three points have taken Werder clear of the relegation zone for now.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson saw minutes this week both as a starter and off the bench, first coming on late in a Europa League win over Fiorentina and then playing a full 90 minutes in a 2-0 league win over Ingolstadt. The winger wasn’t heavily involved in either, winning three aerials against Ingolstadt, as well as two tackles and two successful dribbles while recording a single shot. Still, though, it was an important win for Gladbach, who have won four of their last five and can now breath easy nine points above the relegation zone.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales had a mediocre showing in Ingolstadt’s aforementioned defeat to Monchengladbach. Despite playing all 90 minutes, the midfielder found himself on the periphery of the contest, finishing with just 44 touches, second-fewest of any Ingolstadt starter, while he was a spectator on Lars Stindl’s opening goal from a corner kick (although the ball did come off Stindl’s hand). He made four interceptions and passed at a solid 81 percent clip, but also lost possession four times as Ingolstadt conceded twice in the second half and remained mired in 17th place and a relegation position.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Once again, Pulisic was a late sub for Dortmund this week, coming on in the 82nd minute with his side already up 3-0 on Freiburg in a game that ended by that same scoreline. He completed one dribble and connected on six of seven passes after entering the fray, but the contest had long been decided. The 18-year-old remains a key squad player for Thomas Tuchel and could see an uptick in playing time with Mario Gotze out for an undetermined amount of time with a metabolic disorder. However, there were also quotes circulating this week that Dortmund will need to downsize its squad in the summer, particularly in the attack, which could open the door for the winger to leave the side, although it remains speculation.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
After missing one game with a hamstring injury, Wood was back in Hamburg’s squad for their trip to Bayern this weekend. However, with his side getting battered in an eventual 8-0 defeat to the champions, Wood did not get off the bench, instead remaining an unused substitute throughout the destruction.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was an 86th-minute substitute for Bochum in a 1-0 win over Nurnberg. The midfielder completed two of four passes in his time on the pitch, but more importantly, he helped Bochum see out a victory for Bochum, who now sit in 10th place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green played a small part as Stuttgart won a fifth straight game, this one by a 2-0 margin over Kaiserslautern. He wasn’t directly involved in the goal that sealed the points in the 87th minute, but the winger did record one shot (albeit an off-target effort) and complete all nine of his pass attempts after coming on in the 70th minute as Stuttgart extended their lead atop the table to five points.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
After getting off the bench last week, Kiesewetter was back in a role as an unused substitute as Dusseldorf played to a scoreless draw against Heidenheim.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten went the distance but couldn’t make the difference as Sandhausen fell at home to Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0. The forward had three shots in the contest, but none could trouble the Braunschweig keeper, and he failed to impact the game in other areas, finishing with just 29 touches. Despite the loss, Sandhausen remained in seventh place, although making a run at promotion following a loss to fourth-place Braunschweig seems unlikely.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath once again rode the bench for Brugge, serving as an unused substitute in a 5-0 win over Zulte-Waregem.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Rangers fell to a 2-1 defeat at Inverness CT, with Hyndman playing the full game in the midfield. Hyndman didn’t play a part in Rangers’ goal, but he was one of the most active attackers for the Glasgow side, repeatedly causing the Inverness defense problems. Still, it was a damaging defeat for third-place Rangers against a relegation-threatened side, although they did get some good news when …
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
… their nearest chasers also suffered a defeat to a bottom-half side when Hearts lost 2-0 at Partick
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen played the first half against Hibs before coming off and served as an unused substitute against Partick Thistle. It was an unusually quiet week for the central midfielder, but he’ll hope to get back into the starting squad this week against Ross County.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga started again for Vitesse, going the distance in a 3-1 win over Go Ahead Eagles. The center back had one effort on target saved following a corner kick, but more importantly, he shined at the other end of the pitch, finishing with nine clearances, three interceptions, and two aerial wins. It was a critical win, too, as Vitesse moved into seventh place and the final Europa League playoff spot in the Netherlands.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was back on the bench this week as Groningen lost 3-2 to FC Utrecht.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez was not in the squad in either Fiorentina’s aforementioned loss to Monchengladbach in the Europa League or for their league draw against Torino on Monday.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Once again, Siebatcheu found the net at a critical moment for Châteauroux in a 2-1 win over Avranches. Less than two minutes after his side conceded a second-half equalizer, Siebatcheu found a bit of space in the penalty area and lashed home a phenomenal finish that proved to be the winning goal. The young striker continues to score at will in the third tier and has already turned into a key player for his loan club, which now sits in second in the division, just two points off the top spot, after its fourth straight win.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko was back in Vaduz’s lineup and went all 90 minutes in a thrilling goal fest against FC Thun, but Vaduz came up on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline after leading 3-2 in the 72nd minute. The Liechtenstein-based side still sits in the basement of the Swiss Super League.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem was a 56th minute substitute for VVV Venlo in a 4-0 win over Achilles ‘29. The midfielder didn’t play a role in the lone goal he was on the pitch for as the side moved eight points clear atop the Eerste Divisie.