Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream went the distance at center back for Fulham, who fell 3-1 to West Ham. It was a game to forget for Ream, to say the least. Fulham’s second goal conceded was squarely on the defender, who for some reason didn’t even jump for a corner kick, only trying to box out his man, Issa Diop, who rose high to head in uncontested from short range. Ream was roasted a couple of times in the second half –– although the defense was left out to dry –– and gave Marko Arnautovic too much space to pick out Michail Antonio in the dying seconds for West Ham’s third and the icing on the cake. Frankly, it was a poor defensive effort from Ream all the way around, and his team is running out of chances to get out of the relegation zone.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams did not suit up for Huddersfield this week in a 2-0 loss to Newcastle.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
However, Yedlin did play a full 90 for Newcastle in the win over Williams’ side, providing a big spark on offense and picking up a yellow card along the way. Newcastle were dominant early, and when Huddersfield picked up a red card in the 23rd minute, Yedlin was given free reign to foray forward. The outside back twice –– once with his foot and once with his head –– centered one-time long balls with accuracy, leading to both the Magpies goals on the day. He didn’t get an assist for either, but his touches in the buildup were paramount. On the other end,
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Swansea fell 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday this week with CCV playing all 90 minutes. Carter-Vickers will certainly be disappointed with the rest of the backline, with two of the goals coming from failed clearances. That being said, the center back could have been more brave on Steven Fletcher’s bicycle kick (which resulted from one of the poor clearances) and put his head in the way, but he was just a little late to the effort. He did, however, win seven aerials and pass at a 90 percent clip on the day.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga played a full shift for Reading in a 1-1 draw with Rotherham. Reading as a team defended well for most of the match, but Miazga was caught out on the lone goal, getting stuck in between the man heading down a cross and the ultimate goal scorer. The indecision cost the Royals all three points, but he certainly wasn’t the only one at fault on the play. Miazga also won a team-high eight aerials. After a terrible first half at Nantes, Miazga’s second loan of the season has been much better.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson remains very close to returning but is still not back from injury. Wigan drew Ipswich 1-1.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Trailing Hoffenheim 1-0 at the half, manager Ralf Rangnick brought on Adams and changed the shape of his team. It paid off. Just before stoppage time, Adams sucked in two men and slipped the ball to a wide open Marcel Sabitzer, who found Marcel Halstenberg, who provided an assist to Willi Orban. It may seem like Adams wasn’t too heavily involved, but his quick move and pass opened up the entire field and displayed great vision. Adams didn’t do a whole lot else of note during his 45 minutes on the pitch, but that was enough to secure a point for Leipzig and more importantly keep Hoffenheim at bay in the race for Champions League places.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks was immense for Wolfsburg this week, putting in a fantastic shift on defense and providing an assist on Wolfsburg’s third in a 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Full highlights of his game can be seen here, while the assist can be see here. Long story short, Brooks was a wall at the back, and picked out some quality passes going forward (he tallied an 87 percent passing clip), winning whoscored.com’s man of the match with an 8.1 rating. It was very impressive and much-needed stuff from the center back.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for fifth-place Frankfurt.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson did not feature for Werder this week as he remains sidelined due to injury. He’s in training but is reportedly at least a month from being healthy enough to play in games.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent, however, got his first start for Werder in their 1-1 draw with Stuttgart, though he was far from impressive. The forward was yanked after 60 minutes and did absolutely nothing on the score sheet aside from negatively being dispossessed once. Growing pains are natural, but it wasn’t a great time to show them in his debut start.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson started at right back in the aforementioned destruction at the hands of Wolfsburg and really didn’t do much of note at all during the match. His team had a few good chances going forward but couldn’t convert, and he wasn’t responsible for any goals against. He did little to fill up the stat sheet. Interestingly, Johnson has now started twice in two weeks for Gladbach after doing so just six times throughout the entire rest of the season.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was outstanding over 78 minutes before being taken off injured with Schalke leading Manchester City 2-1 in a Champions League tie the German side would eventually lose heartbreakingly by a 3-2 margin. The midfielder was a menace in the air against Pep Guardiola’s Citizens, winning a game-high 10 aerials while also contributing three tackles in defense. His passing was poor at just 48 percent, but part of that is down to Schalke’s long-ball play style, and he did tally one key pass. There were worries that the thigh injury that forced him off might keep McKennie sidelined for a while, but it appears that he’s dodged a bullet as an MRI came back negative, meaning the 20-year-old should return before the second leg in Manchester on March 12.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
After not being included in Schalke’s Champions League 18-man squad, Wright earned his first senior minutes in more than a month, coming on as a 69th-minute substitute with the Royal Blues trailing Mainz 1-0. He wasn’t able to move the needle much, as Schalke ended up falling to a 3-0 defeat, but the
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales put together a solid performance as Dusseldorf earned a huge win, coming from behind to defeat 10-man Nurnberg 2-1. The center midfielder was active throughout the contest, completing 89 of 99 pass attempts and winning a whopping 10 aerial duels, most of anyone on the pitch. He also recorded two tackles and two clearances in addition to picking up a yellow card. Most importantly, Morales helped Dusseldorf to three huge points that take the promoted side to 28 on the campaign, 12 clear of danger with 11 games to play.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
After suffering a muscle injury in the Champions League loss to Spurs two weeks ago, Pulisic remained out of the Dortmund 18-man squad that snapped its recent winless run with a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Many were worried this week that the impending transfer ban for Chelsea might affect Pulisic’s move to London, but fear not: as the deal was completed in the winter and he was loaned back to Dortmund, the 20-year-old is already registered as a Chelsea player, and he’ll be able to join the Blues in the summer regardless of whatever else happens to the club.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman remains out of the Nurnberg squad, though he is training with the first team.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood was a 65th-minute substitute for Hannover, coming on moments after Eintracht Frankfurt extended their lead to 2-0 in a game the Eagles would win 3-0. Wood passed at 73 percent, lost the ball once, and didn’t record a shot in his time on the pitch. Hannover are in 17th place, two points off a relegation playoff place and four from safety.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
He wasn’t able to have quite the same impact as he has in the past few weeks, but Green nonetheless filled out the stat sheet for Fuerth in a scoreless draw with Heidenheim. The attacking midfielder tallied two shots, two aerial wins, two tackles, one successful dribble (in four attempted, however), and one key pass, completing 86 percent of his pass attempts overall. He also lost possession four times in the match. It was far from his best performance, but the 23-year-old remains a key cog for a Fuerth side that’s comfortably in the middle of the 2. Bundesliga table.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is expected to miss about two months after suffering an injury on February 10. It’s therefore unlikely that he’ll return in time for either of Rennes’ Europa League Round of 16 matches against Arsenal.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich went 90 minutes as a lone striker as Sittard lost 4-2 to Heerenveen. After going up 2-0 early, Sittard faltered in the second half, conceding three goals and losing a man to a red card. Novakovich didn’t record a shot in the match, and while he won six aerials, he lost possession eight times and was mostly a peripheral figure.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
In arguably his best performance of the season, Palmer-Brown went 90 minutes on the left side of a back three and helped Breda keep a clean sheet, though the attack couldn’t get it done at the other end in a scoreless draw with Groningen. The defender did actually record two shots, one on target, but more importantly, he had 11 clearances, seven aerial wins, four tackles, and two interceptions in an all-around solid defensive display. The performance earned him man-of-the-match honors on whoscored.com with a match rating of 8.36. However, Breda remain mired to the bottom of the league table, eight points from safety and winless in six.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah didn’t see the pitch this week for Celtic, going as an unused substitute twice as the Bhoys fell out of the Europa League against Valencia before beating Motherwell 4-1 in the Premiership.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman was not in the Bournemouth team that drew Wolves.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott did not feature for Chelsea’s teams in the Europa League or Carabao Cup final this week.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron is very close to a return from injury but did not make the 18-man roster for either of QPR’s games this week.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj sat, and maybe for the best, as Hull were pounded 5-1 by Brentford.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes played 180 minutes this week for Derby, but their promotion chances are slowly slipping away after two 1-0 losses, to Millwall and Nottingham Forest. Derby is now in seventh, two points outside of a spot in the promotion playoff.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch was subbed on to replace an injured teammate on 18 minutes in a 4-2 win over Gillingham but then missed the weekend match (a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers) due to a hamstring injury.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi scored his first goal for Motherwell this week, albeit in a 4-1 loss to leaders Celtic. The winger was first to crash onto a parried shot and slotted home from short range. However, it was a controversial goal, to say the least, as Celtic expected the ball to be given back to them after it was kicked out of play due to injury. The strike can be seen starting at 2:26 in this video.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not feature for Sandhausen.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
While Sandhausen ended up losing 3-1 to high-flying Cologne, Wooten got himself onto the scoresheet once again, leaping in front of a defender to head home the opener in the fourth minute. The striker went on to play 90 minutes in the defeat. It was his eighth goal of the season in 20 league appearances, but Sandhausen currently sit in 17th place, two points back of a place in the relegation playoff and five points from total safety.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was an unused substitute for Duisburg, who drew Erzgebirge Aue 0-0 and remain stuck at the bottom of the table.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford made his first St. Pauli matchday squad, but remained on the bench for their 1-0 win over Ingolstadt.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
The severity of Shelton’s knee injury is unclear, but he’s likely going to miss another month or two.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore played 90 minutes for Atletico Levante in a 1-1 draw with Hercules.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath’s week started well but went downhill quickly. Early in Brugge’s Europa League second-leg clash with Salzburg, the keeper clattered into a Salzburg attacker, giving away a 10th-minute penalty and earning a yellow card for it. However, he picked himself up toturn away Munas Dabbur’s spot kick. From there, though, Horvath’s goal was absolutely battered, and he conceded four times in a 4-0 defeat (he only really could have prevented one of the four, to be fair). On the weekend, he was caught out by a speculative effort from Yannick Bolasie of Anderlecht that slipped through his grasp in an eventual 2-2 draw, though he did also have a few good saves in the match. Safe to say, this wasn’t a week that he’ll want to think about for very long.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike entered Kortrijk’s match with Waasland-Beveren in the 81st minute, by which time his side had taken a 6-2 lead in a game that would finish by that same scoreline.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief again did not make the squad for Anderlecht this week as they drew Brugge.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was again an unused substitute as Excelsior played a scoreless draw with Utrecht.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was a 72nd-minute substitute in Malmo’s second-leg 3-0 UEL defeat to Chelsea. A teammate was sent off a minute after he entered, so Gall didn’t have much of a chance to make his mark at Stamford Bridge aside from completing one dribble. He then started and went the distance as Malmo lost in the group stage of the Svenska Cup, falling 2-1 to second-division side Osters IF.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes played another 90 minutes as Dundee and Falkirk drew 1-1. The midfielder picked up a yellow card in the match.
Not a whole lot is spinning on the youth front at the moment, but there were a couple of notes. Good news: Sergino Dest has trained with the Ajax first team for the first time. Bad news: 18-year-old Richie Ledezma did not rule out a switch of nationalities to Mexico in an interview. The U-20 World Cup kicks off in Poland in May, and the USA received its draw this week, a very manageable group of Nigeria, Ukraine, and Qatar, who are not to be overlooked after winning the Asian Cup. Still, with the potential of three teams advancing, not getting through would be a massive disappointment.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Nebiyou Perry (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)