Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After starting the season on Stoke’s bench, Cameron returned to the fold in a big way this week, playing 180 minutes at center back for the Potters. First, in the midweek, he had a fairly quiet night defensively but recorded a clean sheet as Stoke dominated League Two side Stevenage 4-0 in the EFL Cup. Cameron then retained his place in the squad for the 1-0 loss to Everton on Saturday. The 31-year-old was much busier against the Toffees, as he recorded five tackles but often struggled against the powerful Romelu Lukaku. Still, Cameron held the Belgian off the scoreboard and was not responsible for conceding the penalty Everton scored from, so he should have a good shot to keep his starting spot assuming he’s ready to go when he comes back from international duty.
With Victor Valdes still out injured, Guzan started twice for Boro this week, first in a 2-1 Cup defeat to Fulham, then in a scoreless PL draw with West Brom. In the loss, Guzan had one stellar first-half save before conceding a deflected own goal in the second half and a close-range tap-in in extra time, neither of which he could do too much about. Against West Brom, the 31-year-old was mostly solid, making two stops and a pair of important claims in preserving a clean sheet, although he had a few moments of indecision. The shutout is something the veteran keeper will be particularly happy with after his awful 2015-16 campaign with Aston Villa, and he should have a chance to earn another spot even if Valdes is fit enough to play.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman made his Bournemouth debut as a 90th minute substitute in the Cherries’ EFL Cup win over Morecambe, but he was out of the squad in the weekend draw with Crystal Palace. The 20-year-old midfielder has seen his Bournemouth career start slowly due to an ankle injury, but he appears to be on the right track now, and he should get a shot to impress in the not-too-distant future.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
Deadline day is Wednesday, and Miazga still looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge on loan, but progress on finding a suitor has been slowed by Chelsea’s inability to bring in another defender, according to Goal.com. The same report says offers remain on the table for Miazga, so it really does only seem a matter of time — unless Chelsea can’t secure another body for the back line. For now, Miazga remains deep cover, likely to only be used in extreme circumstances, as he wasn’t selected in the squad for either the Cup or PL wins last week.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin’s long-rumored departure from Tottenham was confirmed this week when the right back officially signed with Championship side Newcastle. Yedlin figures to get plenty of playing time, as his deal was announced on the same day as former right back Daryl Janmaat’s departure for Watford, and he made his club debut as a late substitute in a 2-0 win over Brighton at the weekend. The 22-year-old will link up with his new club when he returns from international duty, and when he does, he’ll be playing under a terrific manager in Rafa Benitez for a side expected to challenge for the Championship title. All of the pieces are in place for this to be a highly fruitful move for Yedlin if he can continue the progression he showed last season on loan at Sunderland.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was again a substitute for Tottenham in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool. He was the only center back on the bench, which means that, at least for a weekend, the 18-year-old seems to have surpassed Kevin Wimmer on the depth chart. Whether that’s true or not, Carter-Vickers figures to get his first chance to shine when Spurs begin play in the EFL Cup and the Champions League in September.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Just a few weeks into David Moyes’ tenure at Sunderland, Gooch appears to have won over the new boss, and he was again at the heart of the Black Cats’ side this week. First, he played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 Cup win over Shrewsbury, working hard in the midfield but unable to conjure up anything of his own, with Adnan Januzaj scoring a terrific winner. Then, on the weekend, Gooch was slightly off the attacking form he’s shown so far this season — although he did win a team-high three tackles — and was subbed off with the game still scoreless in the 77th minute. Even if he wasn’t at his best this weekend, Gooch has opened eyes with his play in the first portion of the PL season, and he’s obviously impressed Moyes in the early going.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem wasn’t chosen for any of Arsenal’s teams this weekend, and his future remains very unclear with deadline day rapidly approaching.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream went the distance in Fulham’s aforementioned Cup win over Middlesbrough, a terrific result for the Cottagers, but he didn’t appear in the Championship defeat of Blackburn at the weekend, remaining on the bench as an unused sub.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
In extra time of the Cup win, de la Torre received his professional debut, coming off the bench in the 104th minute and helping Fulham secure the win. It’s unclear how much he’ll feature this season, but the 18-year-old nonetheless appears to have a significant future in European football. He then went the distance for Fulham’s U23s in their 1-0 loss to Brighton over the weekend, seeing one late shot deflected wide.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was on the field for all 180 minutes Forest played this week as they beat Millwall in the Cup and Leeds in the Championship. In the midweek, the fullback was relatively anonymous in a 2-1 win, but he was instrumental on the weekend, recording an assist and an important clearance as Forest topped Leeds 3-1. While his success hasn’t translated to another USMNT call, Lichaj remains a stalwart for Forest, and he should continue to be one for the foreseeable future.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
After playing for the U-23s twice last week, Novakovich was an unused substitute for the reserves in their 3-2 win over Manchester City. He wasn’t chosen for the league win over Cardiff over the weekend.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was picked for the game against Cardiff and was a 76th minute substitute as Reading beat MK Dons in the EFL Cup. First, against Dons in the midweek, Williams entered and played the final 14 minutes of regulation and all of extra time, then opened the scoring in the penalty shootout with the first attempt. He wasn’t quite as vital a cog in the weekend win over Cardiff, struggling for much of the afternoon, but Williams still passed at an extremely high 94 percent clip, as he’s made a habit of doing early this season.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Birmingham were brilliant in their only game this week, a 3-0 win over Norwich, and Spector went the distance for the Blues. His team’s dominance masked something of an off day individually for Spector, as he recorded just one tackle, but he still earned a 7.3 whoscored.com match rating. While that was the worst of any Birmingham starter, it was higher than any Norwich player, which should give a good indication of just how good the side was on the day.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi continued his impressive start to the season, causing more havoc on Millwall’s goal than just about any other Chesterfield player in a 3-1 home loss to the Lions. However, it seems like there’s a good possibility that game will be Ariyibi’s last for Chesterfield, as while the Spireites appear determined to keep him, that might be difficult with Championship sides Barnsley and Brentford reportedly bidding for the 21-year-old winger. Stay tuned for more on that front.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Twice this week, Holmes was involved for Scunthorpe, and it looks like the illness that forced him out of last weekend’s game is well out the window. Holmes was a 61st minute substitute in the midweek as Scunthorpe lost to Bristol City in extra time in the Cup, and he was then taken out of the league match with Port Vale after 62 minutes. Still, Holmes seems like he’s earned a consistent spot in Scunthorpe’s squad, so he should continue to see time throughout the campaign.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd is still on the comeback trail, telling a German news outlet Monday that he feels about 60 percent. Watching from the stands, his Leipzig teammates earned a 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim in the club’s first-ever top-flight game, and Boyd looks like he’ll be joining them some time soon.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was brought on as a sub 10 minutes into the second half and was very solid throughout the rest of the 90 minutes, helping his side — which was reduced to 10 men with 12 minutes to play — hold on for a quality 1-0 win over Schalke in their Bundesliga opener. He didn’t make a direct impact on the scoresheet, but the right back passed at a perfect 100 percent clip during his time on the pitch and looked like a player who could earn his spot back in the starting lineup.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green was an unused sub in Bayern’s 6-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen to start the season. He hasn’t cracked the team yet, but it is nonetheless exciting to see the 21-year-old on the bench.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Unfortunately, Johannsson was on the wrong side of the aforementioned blowout, though it was a major positive to see him get the start in the season opener after coming off of a lengthy injury. Johannsson played 64 minutes before being subbed out, and though he did little of note, it’s hard to judge him not only because it's his first competitive fixture since the hip injury that limited him to just six games for Bremen last year, but also because playing at Bayern is the most difficult task Werder will face all year.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Though last week Johnson looked like he had a hole to dig out of, this week he appeared twice for Gladbach, playing a full 90 minutes in a 6-1 Champions League smashing of Young Boys and being deployed as a sub on the weekend in a 2-1 win over Leverkusen. Though he didn’t find the score sheet in the former, the win was huge for Gladbach, who are now in the group stage for the second year in a row, though their draw is even tougher than last year’s. On the weekend, after coming on in the 60th minute, Johnson’s hard work was rewarded, as a tackle he put in kept a Gladbach attack alive, and that resulted in an 85th-minute winner. It wasn’t the best week of Johnson’s career, but it was a great week for the club, and he looks to be making his way further into the lineup, which he will hope to continue following the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales had a bit of a rough go in Ingolstadt’s opening week 1-1 draw with Hamburg. In his 80 minutes on the pitch, Morales did little to help his side while heading over from close range following a corner, picking up a yellow card, and limping to a 6.5 rating on whoscored.com (third-worst for any starter on his team). One game definitely shouldn’t unseat him in the lineup, however, and there is a long way to go in the season, so brighter days certainly lie ahead for the midfielder.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was an unused sub for Dortmund in their 2-1 win over Mainz. More importantly, there are reports that Liverpool have put in a €12 million bid for Pulisic this week, though it was rejected for being too low. There is still a chance we will see the 17-year-old on the move, but that remains unlikely with the window closing in two days. Pulisic, however, needs to shift his personal focus away from his club, as he is in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the upcoming fixtures.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
A 23-year-old midfielder, Stanko gets added to the list after earning a surprise callup from Jurgen Klinsmann, which could allow him to get his first ever cap for the senior side. He didn’t have the best of weeks on the club front, as the Freiburg loanee was removed for unknown reasons in the 33rd minute of Vaduz’s Swiss League match, but him being in Klinsmann’s squad indicates it may have been an injury. On a positive note, his early removal could leave him fresh for the qualifiers if Klinsmann wants to deploy the man who was most likely the last name on the roster sheet. Stanko would almost surely not have made the team if not for both Gyasi Zardes and Clint Dempsey missing through injury, but their pain is his fortune, and maybe he can make good on his chance.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
New season, new team, new league, same Bobby Wood. It took the Hawaiian striker just 30 minutes to open his Bundesliga account. He latched on to a long ball from keeper Rene Adler that was misjudged a bit the Ingolstadt defense, then muscled his defender away from the ball and smashed it into the near post from 18 yards out. There were high hopes for Wood after his impressive run last season saw him finish third in the scoring table in the 2. Bundesliga, and his start to this top-flight season could have hardly been better, although Hamburg eventually drew with Ingolstadt. Wood was also named to the USMNT squad for the qualifiers this week, so he will try to bring his goal-scoring prowess to the selection, though he will have to battle with Jozy Altidore, who is returning from injury, for playing time.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was deployed as a 71st minute sub in Bochum’s 1-1 draw with newly relegated side Hannover. After not playing last week, the 21-year old has clearly worked his way into the coach's plans,
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
After starting in the cup, Kiesewetter returned to his place on the bench and came on as Dusseldorf’s only sub of the day in the 68th minute of a 1-1 draw with Kaiserslautern. Only time will tell if Kiesewetter can get some consistent playing time, in either a super-sub role or as a squad rotation player in the coming weeks.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
St. Pauli fell 1-0 to Dynamo Dresden as Picault was brought on as a substitute in the 46th minute. Though the attacker couldn’t find an equalizer, the 25-year-old was one of the first men off the bench, and he should continue to see action throughout the season.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten did what Picault couldn’t, rewarding his manager — who subbed him on in the second half — with a goal. Wooten had only been on the pitch for about 10 minutes when the opposing defense poorly played a pass and let it trickle through to Wooten, who calmly finished from 12 yards for his first goal in almost a full calendar year. It wasn’t a stunner, but a goal is a goal, and that could help push him forward towards cracking back into the starting lineup. The goal itself didn’t change the result, as Sandhausen fell 2-1 to Stuttgart, but it might just help Wooten in the long run.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu made a substitute appearance for Reims, coming on in the 57th minute in a 1-1 draw with Tours. It’s his third substitute appearance for the Ligue 2 outfit this year, so it seems that the 20-year-old is settling into his role coming off the bench.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath kept a clean sheet for Molde, who won their fourth straight game, 2-0, over Stromsgodset. The keeper recorded five saves and finished with a quality 8.1 rating on whoscored.com. More importantly, this win streak has Molde in fifth place, and though first-place Rosenborg has run away with the title, Molde are just one point behind second and a Europa League place (third also qualifies for the competition).
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
For the second straight week, Johnsen made an appearance as a second-half substitute, this time coming on in the 57th minute of a 2-1 win over Partick Thistle. He almost made an immediate impact, going close within 10 minutes of coming onto the pitch, but that was not to be. Thankfully, Tony Watt stole all three points for Hearts in the last minute.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen logged a full 90 minutes in Hearts’ win and received high praise from the club. Though he had an under-the-radar game, he did win the ball which set up Tony Watt’s winner so he came up clutch when it mattered most. Sometimes, just doing your job is exactly what a club wants to see from their defensive midfielder and that led the Hearts official website to label him as the match’s top man in their recap. Kitchen appears to quickly be coming into his own.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was not in the Groningen squad which held on for a goalless draw with PSV despite playing the final hour with 10 men.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was an unused sub in Utrecht's 1-1 draw with Vitesse. Good news did come for Rubin on Monday, however, when it was confirmed that he had been called into Klinsmann’s squad for the international fixtures.