Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron was back in the Stoke City lineup this week, logging a full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Leicester. The defensive midfielder had a quiet but solid game in the center of the park, logging five aerial wins, three tackles, and one dribble. The goal Stoke conceded was a huge goalkeeping error, which Cameron was by no means from involved in. The point keeps Stoke close in the relegation race, but the 19th-place Potters are going to need some quality results down the stretch to save themselves.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman was unsurprisingly left out of the Cherries lineup which drew 2-2 with Newcastle. However, he did play 90 minutes and assist on the reserves’ fifth goal in a 5-1 Premier League Cup win over Wolves.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams had a solid game for Huddersfield in their 2-1 win over West Brom this week. The center midfielder wasn’t involved in any of the three goals, but he did have two very good hits from distance in the contest, with the first flashing just wide and the second — which was a volley from 25 yards — acrobatically saved by Ben Foster. Williams did little else to fill up the stat sheet, but the three points are what matter most as Huddersfield climb to 14th, though still only three points clear of the bottom three.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was average for Newcastle in their aforementioned 2-2 draw with Bournemouth. With his side up two, Yedlin was part of a back four that capitulated twice in the last 10 minutes to watch two crucial points slip away. Yedlin himself wasn’t fully culpable for either goal, but both had buildup play on the right half, and on the second, he and the rest of the squad looked tired and checked out while Bournemouth were bearing down on them just before the deaths. Yedlin didn’t have his normal offensive prowess in the contest, either.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months. However, he looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery, and he recently returned to training for the first time since suffering the injury. There’s still no estimate on when he’ll return to game action, but the date seems to be approaching quicker than previously expected.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers played 180 minutes at right center back for Ipswich Town this week in a pair of 1-0 results, a loss to Cardiff followed by a win over Preston. Carter-Vickers was relatively quiet in both games, but the backline as a whole put in a pair of solid shifts and did well to only concede one against Cardiff, who had 14 shots in the contest. The goal itself had a hint of
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre didn’t play for Fulham’s senior squad this week, and the PL 2 team was inactive.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream, however, did play 180 minutes for the Cottagers this week, in a 1-1 draw with Bristol City and a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton. Fulham escaped despite some shaky moments with two good results and are now seven points clear in the race to promotion playoff spots. Fulham were opened up multiple times across the two contests, but the defense held a bend-not-break attitude against the league’s top offense in Wolves, which helped Ream end up in the EFL Team of the Week. Ream himself was responsible for a poor turnover against Bristol that could have lead to a winner, but was let off by a poor effort. Ream also filled up the stat sheet, as would be expected from a jack-of-all-trades defender.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch did not appear for Sunderland this week, twice missing the 18-man roster.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was suspended for both Forest games after his red card last week resulted in a three-match ban.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy was not in either of Wednesday’s 18-man squads this week.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
After being an unused sub in a 1-0 win over Sunderland, Robinson played 90 minutes in a goalless draw with Norwich. Bolton were under fire the entire contest, as can be seen by the 15-7 shot difference, but the five-man back line did well to force a decent amount of the Norwich efforts to come from outside the box. Robinson himself was quiet in the fixture but did have three tackles on the day.
Gboly Ariyibi (Northampton Town, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi played 72 minutes this week in a goalless draw with Oxford. As the scorline indicates, Ariyibi didn’t play a role in creating a tally, but he was one of, if not the, most dangerous player on the team down the left flank. Northampton is still only two points clear of the relegation zone.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes played a major role for Scunthorpe this week, scoring the Iron’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers. The midfielder snuck into the box and rolled home around the keeper from short range to open the scoring in the 61st minute, although Scunthorpe conceded in the 90th minute. They remain in fifth place, bee-lining for the promotion playoff.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks again missed out this week as Wolfsburg drew 1-1 with Mainz, and there’s still not much known about his progress in his return from injury. The 25-year-old has made just eight appearances for Wolfsburg this season, with the last coming on December 12. The Wolves desperately need him back, too, as they sit just a point above the Bundesliga’s relegation playoff place with 10 games to go.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler played 90 minutes as a left wing-back once again, but both his and Eintracht’s performances were significantly worse than in last week’s win over RB Leipzig as the Eagles lost 1-0 to Stuttgart. He wasn’t involved in the only goal of the game, but he also wasn’t involved in much else. Chandler recorded just one tackle, one interception, and one clearance, and other than a solid afternoon passing the ball (88 percent with one key pass), he spent the majority of the afternoon on the periphery as Eintracht tallied just seven shots. It’s a far cry from what they did last week, but Eintracht still sit in fourth place in a bunched-up battle for the Champions League.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
A week after a disappointing showing, Johannsson got back on track in a big way Saturday. Johannsson
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson remains sidelined due to injury and missed out on Monchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Hannover, which ended a four-game skid for the Foals.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
After suffering a partial tear of his MCL on January 21, McKennie has been ruled out for about six weeks. He did return to the pitch this week as part of his rehab, but McKennie doesn’t seem too close to playing in a game just yet. Schalke defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 in a massive top-four clash on Sunday, moving up to third place with the win.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic had a fairly quiet week for Dortmund, first playing just under an hour in a Europa League draw with Atalanta (Dortmund squeaked through the tie thanks to an 83rd-minute goal from Marcel Schmelzer) and then being subbed on for the 15 minutes of a Bundesliga draw with Augsburg. The winger was energetic if nothing else against Atalanta, recording four dribbles and four tackles and passing at 90 percent, but he wasn’t too involved as Dortmund’s attack struggled and needed late heroics (after Pulisic had been subbed off) to advance.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko wasn’t in the Freiburg 18-man squad that played Hoffenheim to a 1-1 draw.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Johannsson’s memorable moment came at the expense of Wood, who was guilty of conceding possession far too meekly to Bremen’s Philipp Bargfrede in the buildup to the only goal of Hamburg’s Nordderby loss. The Hamburg striker did record two aerial wins, two clearances, and a tackle after entering in the 77th minute, but his poor moment will outweigh the positives, and Hamburg are left to rue a derby defeat that leaves them eight points from safety.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
After missing out on the squad for a 2-1 midweek loss to Kaiserslautern, Boyd entered in the 77th minute of Darmstadt’s 1-1 draw against Heidenheim on Sunday. He won an aerial and completed three of four passes during his time on the pitch, but both goals had already been scored.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was not involved in either game for Darmstadt.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George wasn’t included in Regensburg’s squad Friday, which meant he had to watch from the stands as his teammates pulled off a remarkable comeback, coming from 3-0 down to beat the then-league leaders Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-3.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson suffered a broken leg in training over Sandhausen’s winter break during a collision with a teammate. He is not expected to play again this season.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was again not involved for Sandhausen, who lost 2-1 to Union Berlin.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
After making his first start in months last week, Wright was a 61st-minute substitute in the defeat to Union. He didn’t have a particularly notable impact, completing all six of his pass attempts but getting dispossessed twice. All of the game’s goals had been scored when he set foot on the pitch.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green played an instrumental role in a massive win for Fuerth, providing a key assist in a 2-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig. Twenty minutes into a scoreless contest, Green played a teasing, bouncing ball into the box that Khaled Narey was able to get on the end of, and he bundled it past the keeper to put Fuerth ahead. Green wasn’t involved in the 79th-minute winner, but he was at the heart of just about everything else for Fuerth, recording three shots, five dribbles, two interceptions, and two tackles in an all-action man-of-the-match display. The forward hasn’t had many performances like this one, but the 22-year-old is still plenty capable of delivering occasional glimmers of stardom.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was not in the Dusseldorf squad for their aforementioned loss to Jahn Regensburg, which dropped Fortuna into second in the table.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
He put together an excellent midfield display Saturday, but Morales wasn’t able to help Ingolstadt avoid a 2-1 defeat against Duisburg after his partner in the center of the park, Almog Cohen, was sent off just before halftime. Despite his side playing the second half a man light, Morales did the work of two players, filling out the stat sheet to the tune of four dribbles, three aerial wins, two clearances, two interceptions, and two tackles. He was also shown a yellow card in the immediate aftermath of the penalty that ultimately won Duisburg the game for dissent.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath wasn’t in the Brugge lineup for their 1-1 draw with Standard Liege.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga had an up-and-down game in a 2-2 draw against VVV-Venlo. The center back, who played 90 minutes, was nowhere to be seen on a long ball which split two other defenders for Venlo’s opener. However, their second was a long shot which Miazga could do nothing about, and after that, the side held strong, allowing the attackers to make their way back into the game. Miazga also passed at a 91 percent clip on the day.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore came up big for Levante’s reserves this week, scoring a 90th-minute winner to earn Atletico Levante a 2-1 win against Roda.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich scored and assisted this week for Telstar in a 5-2 rout of Volendam. The forward was involved in
Erik Palmer-Brown (KV Kortrijk, on loan from Manchester City, Jupiler League)
For the first time, Palmer-Brown was in the squad this week, serving as an unused sub for Kortrijk, who fell 1-0 to Zulte-Waregem.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks started and scored a goal for Benfica B in a 1-1 draw with Cova Piedade.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne is still recovering from an abdominal injury that kept him out for the end of 2017. He still hasn’t returned to the Excelsior side.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, on loan from Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief played 90 minutes and assisted on the third goal of Anderlecht’s 5-3 win over Royal Excel Mouscron. The left winger delivered a pinpoint cross that Lukasz Teodorczyk headed home for the second goal of an eventual hat trick. He also contributed to Anderlecht’s goalscoring outburst with general dangerous play going forward, although he didn’t get onto the scoresheet again.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu started once again for Reims, but he was forced off just five minutes into the second half after suffering an ankle injury in a collision with Quevilly keeper Joan Hartock. There’s no update yet on the severity of the knock, but with Reims taking home a 2-1 and maintaining their 14-point lead atop the Ligue 2 table, the side is in no need to rush Siebatcheu back. We’ll provide any news as it comes along.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was not in the Tours squad that drew 1-1 with Orleans.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Torres didn’t make the Lokeren squad that lost 3-2 to Eupen.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Hertha II’s match this week was postponed.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Now 18, Sargent is eligible to feature for Werder Bremen, but he did not do so this week.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young did play for Werder II, however, coming on with half an hour to play in a 2-1 loss to Fortuna Koln.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott was an unused sub for Koln II this week.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague started and scored for Schalke’s U-19 in a 1-1 draw with Bochum. The play for the goal begins at 44:40 in this video.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman was a 66th-minute sub for Bayern II in a 2-0 win over Eichstatt.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey did not play for any of Fulham’s teams this week.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
United’s U-23s did not play in the PL 2 last week. They face Villarreal in a PL International Cup match on Tuesday.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
A week after making his senior debut, Scott wasn’t involved for any of Chelsea’s squads this week, at senior or youth level.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale dazzled for Villarreal’s C team in a 3-2 win over Torre Levante, assisting on his side’s first goal with a cross-field pass following a darting run, scoring the second after robbing a defender of the ball in the box, and both winning and scoring the penalty for the third. Highlights of the match are available here, and for USMNT fans, they provide a mouthwatering taste of Akale’s potential.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Livorno’s scheduled match against Arezzo was postponed due to a dire financial crisis that could result in Arezzo going bankrupt.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah again started and scored for PSG II, tallying in the 30th minute to draw level with Andrezieux. He would leave after 65 minutes, though, and his side eventually lost 3-1.