Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Stoke’s early season run of misery continued this week, and Cameron was on the pitch for all 180 minutes. First, he played in his usual defensive role in a 2-1 EFL Cup loss to Hull. Then, on the weekend, manager Mark Hughes shifted Cameron into the midfield, where he had an up-and-down afternoon in a draw with West Brom, recording a 6.5 whoscored.com match rating. His stats were fine, as
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan again watched from the bench as Boro lost a third straight league contest, this one to Tottenham by a 2-1 margin. Victor Valdes has been in net for each of those defeats, so it’s possible that Guzan could see himself back in the starting lineup soon, but only time will tell.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Similarly to his first appearance for Bournemouth, Hyndman’s second came as a late substitute in the EFL Cup. This time, he got to play 30-plus minutes on the pitch as his side went to extra time, but the Cherries lost to Championship side Preston. He did little of note in the fixture and was back in the stands for the team’s 1-0 win over Everton on the weekend. Despite his lack of Premier League playing time, Cherries assistant manager Jason Tindall said this week that the 20-year-old is rapidly improving and will be “a real asset” for the club in the not-too-distant future.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
In his first competitive appearance for Vitesse, Miazga had a varying half-hour as a substitute in a 2-1 loss to Twente. He played in a more attacking role than he normally does after entering with the side trailing, but he didn’t track a late runner into the box as Twente doubled their lead in the 85th minute. However, the 21-year-old did his other duties well, recording a shot on target, winning four aerials, and even earning an assist, though his pass was a simple backwards one to fellow Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker, who deserves all the credit after a thunderous long-range strike in stoppage time. Still, Miazga has officially debuted for his loan club, and further playing time should be on the horizon for the center back.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
As expected, Carter-Vickers made his first-team debut Wednesday in a 5-0 EFL Cup throttling of Gillingham. The sturdy center back wasn’t tested much defensively by a side that was outclassed from the get-go, but he did have one good chance at the other end, putting a free header from a corner kick just wide of the post in the early stages. After the contest, speculation that the England national team was monitoring Carter-Vickers began making the rounds, though there’s no indication that he would choose to play for the Three Lions, as he has only ever appeared for American youth teams. For a player whose potential has been repeatedly talked up by coaches and club teammates alike (Jan Vertonghen called him a “beast” this week), it appears the sky is the limit, no matter which national side he chooses. He was again on the bench for Spurs’ league win over Boro, and he has traveled to Russia for the side’s Champions League tie with CSKA Moscow, so more game time should be on its way for the 18-year-old.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
On the weekend, Gooch was out of the Black Cats’ squad that lost to Crystal Palace in heartbreaking fashion, although he played 68 minutes in the midweek EFL Cup win over QPR. After his sterling start to the campaign, Gooch’s shining star has faded just a bit, though the 20-year-old is still a potential star in the making for the USMNT. He will likely continue to be around the first team squad for Sunderland under David Moyes, even if he isn’t on the active roster in every game.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem made his first appearance of the season for the senior side last week, coming on for the final 10-or-so minutes of the Gunners’ 4-0 EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest. He was then at the heart of the U-23 side’s 2-1 win over Chelsea, forcing the Blues’ keeper into action twice in quick succession late in the first half. The midfielder will hope for more chances to impress in the coming weeks as he continues his development.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started and played 90 minutes for Fulham in the midweek EFL Cup loss to Bristol City, although he did little of note and was involved in a defense that conceded a last-gasp winner. He then watched from the bench on the weekend as the Cottagers were blasted 4-0 by the same Bristol City side.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
In the aforementioned EFL Cup win, de la Torre was a 69th-minute sub and missed out on a late chance to equalize when he shot over the bar from close range. The same circumstance befell the youngster in the U-23 side’s 1-0 defeat to Norwich, as he was denied by the Canaries keeper after being played into the box in the closing stages. It was a tough week to be sure for the 18-year-old, but he remains a player with a huge future, something Fulham appears to see as well considering that he continues to see time.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played 180 minutes for Forest this week, but it wasn’t a good pair of games for the veteran fullback. First, his side were shellacked by Arsenal in the cup. Then, on the weekend, he picked up a yellow card in a display that earned him a mediocre 6.3 whoscored.com rating as Forest fell to Sheffield Wednesday on a stoppage-time winner.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Despite his successful run over the past few weeks, Novakovich wasn’t involved in any of Reading’s games this week at senior or youth levels.
Danny Williams (Reading)
On the other hand, Williams took up his usual spot in the midfield for Reading’s 1-0 Championship win over Huddersfield (although he was absent from the side’s EFL Cup victory at Brighton). The 27-year-old was his usual active self in the contest, passing at a 94 percent clip and unleashing three shots, though two were blocked and one missed the target. He may not have been as involved as he often is, but Williams remains an integral piece of Reading’s side.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Spector struggled in a 1-1 league draw with QPR. The right back won two aerials and made seven defensive clearances, but he passed at a paltry 45 percent rate. He continues to start for Birmingham, but it hasn’t been the best of campaigns thus far for the 30-year-old.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
It was almost a perfect week for Yedlin, but it went south in a hurry. He made his first start for Newcastle in the midweek cup win over Wolves, putting some dangerous crosses into the box that could have resulted on goals on another day. That other day was Saturday, as Yedlin started against Aston Villa, and his superb cross towards the front post was turned into his own net by Villa captain Tommy Elphick. Yedlin was Newcastle’s star performer on the day, earning a 7.3 whoscored.com match rating, best of any Magpie, as he led the side with 80 touches.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi was heavily involved for Chesterfield, although the Spireites came up on the losing end of a 2-1 result at Bury. The winger continues to create chances for himself and his teammates, and while that didn’t result in a win this weekend, his influence on the side is only growing.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes has been a key piece for Scunthorpe since his summer arrival, and he scored his first goal for the club this weekend in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United. And it was a cracker. After picking up the ball near the halfway line, Holmes shrugged off a defender while turning, then glided towards the box, eventually releasing a shot from about 25 yards that arrowed into the bottom corner (the goal starts at 1:20 in this video). His excellent overall display also earned Holmes a place in the Football League Paper’s League One Team of the Day. Safe to say, Holmes is making his presence felt at his new home.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains close to a return from his long-term knee injury, but he wasn’t in either of Leipzig’s teams that drew 1-1 this week, first to Monchengladbach, then against Koln. He did play for the reserve side and find the net twice for his first goals in two years as RB beat FC Schonberg 4-1 in fourth-division play ( in a disappointing, yet unrelated to Boyd, piece of news from that match, young Leipzig fullback Ken Gipson — an American-German dual national — suffered an apparently severe ankle injury in the contest). It looks like Boyd is closing in on a return to the first-team setup, although just when that day will come remains a mystery.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
As expected, Brooks wasn’t able to suit up this week for Hertha after picking up a muscle injury. He was sorely missed, too, as the side conceded six goals, three each in both a 3-0 defeat to Bayern and a pulsating draw with Eintracht. Manager Pal Dardai said last week that he is expecting Brooks to be back for this weekend’s match with Hamburg, so it certainly doesn’t appear that the injury is a long-term concern.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler played a full 180 minutes for Frankfurt this week in a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt and the aforementioned draw with Hertha Berlin. Though his side got a solid four points, Chandler wasn’t too involved, as he barely filled up the spreadsheet, winning four tackles and having just one dribble combined. His passing wasn’t stellar either, and he was part of a poor day for a backline that conceded three, but the results were solid and, for now, Frankfurt sit in fifth.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green did not make the 18-man roster for either of Bayern’s fixtures this week.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was dealt a two-match ban for his red card last weekend and served both of them this week as Werder lost to Mainz and beat Wolfsburg by identical 2-1 scorers.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson made a major impact this week in Gladbach’s aforementioned draw with RB Leipzig and their a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt. In the former, Johnson was a scary attacking threat throughout the fixture and scored a late equalizer to secure a point. In the 84th minute, Johnson flew down the flank and received a pass on the right side of the area. From there, the winger cut back and fired a curler with his weaker left foot into the far corner. The goal was a point-stealer, earned him a man-of-the-match nod on whoscored.com, and inspired manager Andre
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales featured in both of Ingolstadt’s aforementioned 2-0 losses. In the first against Frankfurt, he was brought on as a 78th-minute sub with the side already trailing by two. On the weekend, he got the start, and coincidentally played 78 minutes before being removed with his side a pair of goals down. He was able to win two tackles and two aerials in the latter, but overall it was a lackluster week for the outside midfielder as Ingolstadt were thoroughly blanked.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
After putting on a clinic last week, Pulisic came back to earth in Dortmund's 5-1 and 3-1 wins over Wolfsburg and Freiburg. respectively. Though he passed at a 90 percent clip against the Wolves, Pulisic recorded a measly 6.3 rating on whoscored.com, worst of any starter on his team. It was more of the same on the weekend as Pulisic was brought on as a sub in the 64th minute. It’s not a surprise to see some growing pains for the newly turned 18-year-old, but given all he has done already this season, he certainly has earned his place in the squad.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko appeared in Vaduz’s 0-0 tie with Young Boys before being an unused sub in a 2-1 loss to Grasshopper. Though he was subbed out in 64th minute, and at times has struggled for minutes, the recent surprise USMNT call up seems to be settling in well with his new club.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was shut out this week as Hamburg lost a pair of 1-0 fixtures to Freiburg and Bayern Munich. In the former, Wood was terribly unlucky not to open the scoring when, in the 37th minute, he raced to a ball in the box and his outstretched leg poked a shot onto the post, and it somehow stayed out despite deflecting across the face of goal. The weekend’s fixture against Bayern was always going to be a difficult task, and Wood didn’t record a shot as Hamburg had just 30 percent possession but put forth a decent showing against the champions.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse played once for Bochum this week, and it went rather poorly, as the 21-year-old's side lost 3-0 to Fortuna Dusseldorf. That was bad enough, but Canouse was then dropped out of the side on the weekend, not even making his way into the 18-man roster.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter rode the bench in Dusseldorf’s aforementioned loss to Bochum, but came up big on the weekend by scoring a stellar goal after just 15 minutes on the pitch in a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig. Kiesewetter made a fantastic run in a tight space between two defenders before poking the ball into the back of the net from close range (starts at 3:40).
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault was not in the 18-man roster for either of St. Pauli’s fixture this week.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
After not making an impact in 70 midweek minutes in a goalless draw with Heidenheim, Wooten was huge on the weekend, scoring a 90th-minute equalizer as Sandhausen stole a point against Greuther Fuerth. After the keeper made a nice save on an effort from the edge of the area, Wooten was quickest to react, finishing at the near post past the stranded goalie. It wasn’t a great goal, but it was an important one nonetheless as Sandhausen scrap for points early in the season.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu was an unused sub for Reims in the midweek and missed the 18-man roster on the weekend.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath was in goal this weekend, but it wasn’t a good day for the keeper as Molde lost 3-1 to Rosenborg. Horvath was constantly under pressure as the runaway champions had 15 shots, forcing three saves from the shot-stopper. It’s a loss that hurts Molde, however, as they have dropped to four points and three places out of a Europa League spot.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
After earning his first start last week, Johnsen was deployed as a sub with 10 minutes to play in a 0-0 draw with Ross County. He couldn’t make the impact that would change the game, but he continues to get minutes, and good things will come.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen had another under-the-radar game for Hearts. The defensive midfielder has settled incredibly well in Scotland, so much so that he was named the club’s new captain this week. Though he hasn’t had a breakthrough moment on the pitch this year, for a player who is protecting the backline, a clean sheet is always welcome, and since he’s now wearing the armband, Kitchen will continue to be a stalwart in the side.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne still cannot find his way into the starting lineup, even in the cup, as Groningen beat Capelle 4-0 before a weekend Eredivisie draw with Heracles. Payne was not in the roster for either.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was twice an unused sub this week as Utrecht won twice, against Twente in the KNVB Cup and Sparta Rotterdam in the Eredivisie.