Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
By most accounts, Cameron was the best Stoke player on the pitch during their 2-0 loss to Swansea this weekend. The 31-year-old won five aerials, a couple of tackles, and passed at a 90 percent clip while playing in a two-man midfield. His team-best 7.3 whoscored.com match rating was indicative of his solid performance, but the rest of his squad was not up to snuff.
Carter-Vickers did not make the squad for Spurs’ FA Cup loss to Chelsea, while the youth side was again inactive following the sudden and tragic passing of U-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Sunderland’s first-team fixture was postponed due to Arsenal’s involvement in the FA Cup, but Gooch came up clutch for the U-23s this weekend, providing a goal in a 2-1 win over the Gunners. Less than 15 minutes after the Black Cats had gone behind, Gooch levelled the contest when his strike snuck across the line despite the keeper getting a touch on it to tie the fixture. He was not on the pitch when Sunderland got their winner –– that was scored in the 82nd minute by the man he came off for –– but Gooch provided a real thorn in Arsenal’s side throughout the game.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan got another start this weekend but was unfortunately battered by Bournemouth in a 4-0 loss. In truth, if a lesser goalie had been between the pipes, it could have easily been six or more. Guzan made a couple of very impressive saves and really wasn’t responsible for any of the tallies as the Boro defense looked like Swiss cheese against a solid Bournemouth squad. They are almost certainly going down at this point, but Guzan will be jumping ship to Atlanta at the end of the season, so his future is not on the line.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
After impressing in the Dallas Cup last week, Olosunde was out of action this weekend for United as their scheduled tie with Spurs was postponed.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi again did not make the Forest senior squad, which beat Reading 3-2.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj, however, did make the team, taking up his normal right back position. Forest did get the win as mentioned, but Lichaj did not perform great, winning just two tackles on the day and not filling standing out statistically otherwise. The win does keep Forest three points above the relegation zone, though, and with two games to go, those points are massive.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
In another major win, Fulham’s 4-1 triumph over Huddersfield has taken them three points clear in sixth place and the final promotion playoff spot. Ream started and played 90 minutes in the contest, winning three aerials, and he was not responsible for the goal against, which came via a fourth-minute penalty the defender did not concede. Ream will have to be better as Fulham push on towards a spot in the playoffs, but the Cottagers are the hottest team in the division right now, and Ream has been contributing solid outings for the side.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre logged 180 minutes for Fulham’s PL 2 side this week in a pair of losses, 3-2 to Blackburn and 4-1 to Wolverhampton. The attacker did little in note of each fixture aside from record a couple of shots on target. It was the final contest of the PL 2 season for Fulham.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was poor during his 52 minutes on the pitch, which led to his substitution in Reading’s aforementioned loss to Forest. On top of passing worse than he is accustomed to (78 percent), Williams won just one tackle on the day and had no major moments, ultimately being outplayed by Forest’s trio in the middle. Williams and Reading need to regroup fast, as the third-placed side look likely to play Ream’s scorching Fulham side in the first round of the promotion playoff.
Novakovic did not make the Reading U23 squad this week which drew 2-2 with Leicester.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin watched Newcastle’s 4-1 win over Preston on Monday from the bench, but would nonetheless have been elated at the final whistle as the win earned Newcastle automatic promotion back to the Premier League.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was again an unused sub for Scunthorpe in their 2-1 win over Swindon. However, the side is guaranteed a spot in the promotion playoff.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd again missed the 18-man roster for Darmstadt, who beat Hamburg 2-1. It’s two wins in a row for Darmstadt now, but unless they win all four remaining games and get some help, it is going to be too little, too late for the cellar dwellers.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks, as he tends to do, impressed again this week in a shutout performance against Wolfsburg as Hertha got a 1-0 win. The center back completed 87 percent of his passes, won four aerials and a tackle, and even had a shot. Hertha are out of the UCL race but are in a very solid position to make another trip to the Europa League next season.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Frankfurt’s 3-1 win over Augsburg could not have been possible without Chandler, who provided an assist on the first goal. With his side trailing since the ninth minute, Chandler proved clutch late in the second half when he made his way onto the end of a long cross and headed it back across goal for Marco Fabian to bundle across the line from short range. It wasn’t the most difficult of plays, but the 78th-minute goal kick-started a comeback which Frankfurt would compete with another Fabian tally in the 87th minute and a capper from Ante Rebic in the 91st. Chandler didn’t do a whole lot of note on defense, but in an open game, Frankfurt outshot their opponents 20-10, so he certainly helped his team on both sides of that battle.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson continues to ride the pine, as this week he again was an unused sub for Bremen’s 4-2 loss to Ingolstadt.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson remains on the sidelines with the injury that’s kept him out for the past month. It’s unclear as to when he’ll be able to return for Gladbach, but he doesn’t seem to be getting any closer to making a comeback.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
With Ingolstadt still struggling in the relegation zone, manager Maik Walpurgis shuffled his deck this week, and that meant playing Morales out of position along the right side of a back three against Werder Bremen. Unsurprisingly, Morales struggled in the fixture as his side conceded four goals to Max Kruse in a 4-2 loss, with three of the goals coming in the final 15 or so minutes of the contest. Considering he was in an unfamiliar spot, Morales wasn’t terrible, and he wasn’t directly responsible for any of Bremen’s goals. Still, he connected on just 55 percent of his passes and could do nothing to prevent his team throwing a late lead away despite tallying four clearances. Ingolstadt are now sitting five points off safety with just four games to go, and it’ll take a miracle for the side to pull itself out of danger.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
In what proved to be Dortmund’s final Champions League game of the season, Pulisic came on in the 72nd minute with his side trailing by two goals on aggregate, and he wasn’t able to turn the tie around as Dortmund lost 3-1 to Monaco and 6-3 in the two legs. He had a few nice moments in the contest, providing a threat down the left side of Dortmund’s attack but also missed badly with his only shot attempt. On the weekend, he was much sharper in a 3-2 win over Monchengladbach in which he went all 90 minutes.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
This week was a bit of a weird one in Wood’s world. First, he was linked with a move to Dortmund to provide cover for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, although that doesn’t feel like a move that’s all that likely to happen. On the weekend, Wood went the distance for Hamburg against bottom side Darmstadt, but Hamburg fell to a shocking 2-1 defeat and Wood struggled to make much of an impact. The striker had two shots, one on target, but he finished the game with just 29 touches, fewest of any starter on either side, and won just two of nine aerial duels. His manager backed him Monday, saying that Wood’s struggles were partially due to the knee injury the 24-year-old suffered that caused him to miss Hamburg’s previous game against Bremen.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse played the final 15-plus minutes of Bochum’s 2-0 defeat to Eintracht Braunschweig, winning one aerial battle and passing at 40 percent during his short stint on the pitch. Bochum sit safely in the mid-table in 10th place with four games left.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green was again an unused sub for league-leading Stuttgart in their 3-1 win over Union Berlin on Monday. Stuttgart are three points clear at the top of the table at the moment as they chase a return to the top flight.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was also an unused sub as ninth-place Dusseldorf fell 3-1 to St. Pauli in a game they finished with nine men.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was not included in Sandhausen’s 18-man squad with beat Karlsruher 4-0.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
As has been the case since he arrived in Belgium in the winter window, Horvath was an unused substitute for Brugge in their 2-0 loss to Anderlecht. Brugge are currently winless in the six-team Jupiler League Playoff Championship.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman played the first 70 minutes of Rangers’ 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Celtic. The midfielder struggled to make an impact on the fixture, although his impact on the season for Rangers was noted when he was named Rangers’ Young Player of the Year at the team’s awards ceremony Sunday. He likely won’t be with the club next season, but it’s still a nice bit of recognition for a player who has made his presence felt in Scotland over the past few months.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Hearts were inactive this week as the Premiership took a break due to the Scottish Cup semifinals.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Hearts were inactive this week as the Premiership took a break due to the Scottish Cup semifinals.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
After leaving last week’s game against Excelsior with what was reported as a hamstring problem, Miazga missed out on Vitesse’s 2-0 defeat to league-leading Feyenoord. He may, however, be able to return to action this weekend when Vitesse battles AZ in the Dutch Cup final, although that’s not certain at this point.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne did not make the Groningen side that defeated Go Ahead Eagles 3-2 in Eredivisie play.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu was everywhere for Châteauroux in a 2-0 win over Concarneau. The young striker scored both of his side’s goals, first with a precise 50th-minute header, then with an impressive stoppage time tally in which he used his strength to hold off a defender before beating the keeper one-on-one. He also hit the post and narrowly missed a few other chances for Châteauroux, who currently sit in a promotion playoff spot and are level on points with automatic promotion. The 20-year-old has been scoring at will for his loan club and looks primed for future success.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Once again, Stanko was in Vaduz’s starting lineup, going 57 minutes in an eventual 2-2 draw with runaway league leaders Basel. Stanko came off with his side tied at one as bottom side Vaduz got a stunning point against Basel, although Vaduz still must find a way to make up a seven-point gap to safety in their final seven games.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem was an unused substitute twice for VVV Venlo in a pair of scoreless draws last week, but the second draw was enough to secure Venlo’s promotion to the Eredivisie.