Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream didn’t make the Fulham side for its 1-1 draw with Wolves, but he did return to training this week as he recovers from the back injury that’s kept him out for the first month-plus this season. The veteran defender should be on the field soon enough.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams continues to be sidelined for Huddersfield, as he did not make the 18 for a 3-1 loss to Leicester City.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin went the distance for Newcastle in a goalless draw with Crystal Palace. Of course, it is good to see the right back help his side to a shutout, but it’s hard to say it was deserved with Newcastle twice being bailed out, once by the post and a second time by a horrible headed miss from Mamadou Sakho on the doorstep with an empty net. Yedlin himself was quiet, recording three tackles and picking up a yellow card on the day.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hostpur)
Carter-Vickers played a full 90 for Swansea in a 1-0 loss to Stoke before riding the bench on the weekend in a goalless draw with Middlesbrough. He was solid enough against Stoke, and the lone goal came by way of a nasty deflection that allowed Stoke through with the flag for offsides somehow not being raised. CCV did win six aerials and pass at a 95 percent clip on the day.
Robinson had a quiet but productive week for Wigan, who got a pair of wins, 2-1 over Hull and 1-0 over Bristol City. He didn’t really fill up the stat sheet in either game, but one goal conceded over 180 minutes speaks for itself. He didn’t have much of an attacking presence either and was dispossessed four times in the second match, which isn’t great certainly for a defender.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Football is a weird game, and that was proven again when winless Freiburg beat undefeated Wolfsburg this weekend, a game which Brooks played all 90 minutes in. He couldn’t do anything about either of the first two goals, but, as last man, he allowed Mike Frantz to sneak behind and receive a through ball for a one-time finish on the third. Brooks won two aerials and three tackles as well. It’s been a solid start to the season for Wolfsburg, but they have conceded in all four Bundesliga games, now giving up five in their last two. Brooks are co. have some shoring up to do.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is expected to miss around six months after undergoing knee surgery. He isn’t slated to return until at least the new year.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson is still nursing an ankle injury. It remains unclear when he will return.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent again appeared for the reserves, who beat St. Pauli 1-0 on a goal he assisted. It’s not 100 percent clear from the German tweets and articles, but Sargent was involved in the tally, though was not the goal scorer. Since he’s yet to play for the senior side, we’ll be moving Sargent to the youth list for the time being, but he could return to the fore at any moment.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson played the opening 45 minutes for Gladbach in a 4-2 loss to Hertha Berlin. His side was down 3-1 at half, but it’s unclear why he was chosen to come off at halftime after playing a critical role in the game’s opening goal. Johnson got in behind and positioned his body well, drawing a penalty which Thorgan Hazard converted. To manager Dieter Hecking’s credit, Johnson didn’t do much else, but it’s unfortunate that he came off as early as he did.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
It was the ultimate up and down week for McKennie. One one hand, McKennie started twice this week in huge matches, a 1-1 draw in Schalke’s Champions League opener against Porto and a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich. On the other, the 20-year-old will be sidelined for some time after taking a knock in the latter, being diagnosed with a bad bone bruise to his thigh. McKennie played a massive role in the UCL point, providing an assist on Schalke’s tally. The central midfielder first won a contested flick-on before continuing his run and being slipped in by Suat Serdar, then squaring for Breel Embolo to send the Veltins-Arena into ecstasy. His aforementioned injury, which does not yet have a timetable for a return, took him out on 54 minutes against Bayern with his side down 1-0. He was not having a good game, to say the least, much of which can be highlighted by a 45 percent passing percentage, but the injury of course was and is a bigger worry. Fortunately, despite initial fears that he could have suffered a broken leg, it appears McKennie lucked out on this one.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales continued his strong start to the season with another good performance, going the distance for Dusseldorf in a scoreless away draw against Stuttgart. The midfielder threw himself into the attack whenever possible, tallying a game-high four shots (though only one tested the goalkeeper) while also winning a team-high seven aerials, and newly promoted Dusseldorf finished with a commanding 19-10 edge on the shot clock. They’ve lost just once in four Bundesliga games, and Morales has been a key figure, playing every minute.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
What a week this was for Christian Pulisic. The no-longer teenage sensation turned 20 on Tuesday and celebrated in style. He came on as a 69th-minute substitute against Club Brugge with Dortmund locked in a battle in Belgium, and the winger immediately injected a jolt of energy which ultimately led to him scoring the winning goal in the 84th minute. It was a hugely fortunate goal, as Pulisic chased down a defender and blocked a clearance, which bounced over the head of Brugge keeper Karlo Letica and into the net. If the goal seemed lucky, it’s
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman didn’t feature for either Nurnberg’s senior side or their reserves.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Speaking of Nurnberg’s senior side, Wood started against them on Saturday, but he wasn’t given long to make an impact. That’s because when defender Miko Albornoz was shown a straight red card on 29 minutes, manager Andre Breitenreiter had no choice but to take one of his two strikers off, and Wood got the hook, prematurely ending his first Bundesliga start for the club. Wood had just nine touches in his time on the pitch, and Hannover lost 2-0 as Nurnberg scored twice in two minutes in the second half.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
In a 2-0 away loss to Heidenheim, Green had a poor overall game as Fuerth fell for the first time this season. Playing on the left wing in a 4-3-3, Green led his team with five shots but didn’t hit the target with any of them, as two were blocked and three were off target. He also lost all four aerials he contested and was dispossessed four times. It’s been a strong start for both Green and his club, but this wasn’t a performance to remember.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga put together another solid defensive display as Nantes lost 2-1 to Lille. He wasn’t responsible for either goal Nantes conceded, and he won a whopping nine aerials in the match, also recording seven clearances and two interceptions. The loss was a frustrating one, though, as Nantes dropped into the bottom three six games into the season.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu played twice for Rennes this week, going the distance and helping his side to a 2-1 Europa League win over Jablonec before coming on a substitute in a 3-1 Ligue 1 loss to PSG. In the former, he was a vital figure, drawing the winning penalty in the 90th minute when he was dragged down from a corner kick. His impact otherwise was less notable, but Siebatcheu did record three shots (two on goal) in the contest, and the penalty will be the moment that’s remembered. On the weekend, he was thrown on with 15 minutes to play and Rennes down a goal and forced Gianluigi Buffon into a save from a header off a corner moments after PSG had extended their lead to two.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Weah did not make the PSG roster for their aforementioned win over Rennes, nor did he feature in their Champions League loss to Liverpool. He did, however, score in the 27th minute for the reserve side in a 2-0 win over Oissel.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
A week after what was described here as not a great performance, Novakovich had a decidedly great performance in a remarkable 4-4 draw with Willem II. The striker scored twice, equalizing at 2-2 five minutes before halftime with a lunging flick and again at 3-3 eight minutes after halftime, this time with a cool finish into the bottom corner. It was a banner day for the 20-year-old, who also won five aerials in the match and tallied one other shot on goal. Promoted
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown and his fellow defenders did not have a good day for NAC, conceding three to VVV-Venlo in a 3-0 loss. He was partially at fault for the first goal his side conceded, getting caught underneath a cross that was knocked down to another attacker, but overall he could do little to prevent his side from going down on the day. Worryingly, that’s Breda’s fifth defeat in six games so far.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
In what’s becoming a trend, Parks was inactive for Benfica’s senior side but played for the reserves, going 67 minutes in a 1-0 win over his former side, Varzim. As he, along with Sargent, has yet to play a game this season for the senior side, Parks will drop into the youth section of our list for the time being. He’ll make a return to the senior team at some point, but just when that happens is certainly unclear at the moment.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron went the distance in a 2-0 win over Millwall before sitting in a 1-0 loss to Norwich City.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played 180 minutes for Hull City, who lost to Wigan and Reading, 3-0 and 2-1, respectively. He picked up a yellow against Wigan as well.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi did not feature for the Forest senior side but did score for the reserves in a 3-0 win over Barnsley.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes did not make the Derby County 18-man roster for either of its games this week.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch started and had a great performance, scoring twice in a 4-1 win over Rochdale. The first was from a penalty which Gooch himself drew, and the second was a beautifully curled effort to put his side up four and the game officially out of sight. Both goals can be seen in this recap.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman rode the bench in a 3-0 loss to Dundee.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko continues to be sidelined by injury.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd played the final 15 minutes and picked up a yellow card in a 4-1 loss to Dynamo Dresden.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines did not appear for Darmstadt.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and scored his side’s fifth goal in a 5-0 rout of Hamburg. His effort was a well-placed low shot which bent around the keeper and found the bottom corner.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson was not in the Sandhausen roster.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten was an 80th-minute substitute but could not help Sandhausen turn a 2-0 deficit against Cologne into anything else. He did little during his third substitute appearance of the season.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was a 71st-minute introduction with Duisburg locked in a 1-1 tie with Erzgebirge Aue, but he didn’t have an impact as Aue grabbed a late winner.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was not in the Heidenheim 18-man squad that beat Fuerth 2-0.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Twice this week, Horvath was an unused substitute as Bruges lost to Dortmund in the Champions League before beating Gent 4-0 in the league.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike played 90 minutes and helped Kortrijk keep a clean sheet in a good 2-0 road win over Zulte-Waregem.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Brought on with his team chasing a goal in the 65th minute, Saief did what he needed to help Anderlecht turn a deficit into a 2-1 win over Standard Liege, although he wasn’t involved in either goal.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh was an unused substitute as St. Gallen drew 2-2 with Lugano.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore made his first start for Reus and went the distance in a 1-1 draw with Nastic, although he was partially at fault for the only goal his side conceded when he was beat to a flick-on from a corner at the back post. Still, a first start for his loan side is a big step for the right back.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott went 66 minutes in the center of the park, coming off with Telstar and Twente tied 1-1 in a game his side would go on to lose 3-1.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
After coming on in the 86th minute of Malmo’s 2-0 Europa League loss to Genk with the game already dusted, Gall started, played 90 minutes, and both scored and assisted as Malmo beat Kalmar 4-0. The goal was a long-range blast from outside the box that put Malmo up 2-0 (LINK), and the assist was perhaps even better, as he showed excellent close control and awareness to set up Markus Rosenberg for the fourth (LINK). At 23, Gall still has time to make his impact felt on the football world, and more performances like this will certainly help in that regard.
There wasn’t a whole lot that went on locally for the youngsters this week, but a few were given runs in the UEFA Youth League, including a pair of new members to the list, Gennaro Nigro and Konrad de la Fuente. Nigro, an 18-year old New Jersey native, signed for AS Roma in the summer and played the last 10 minutes for the U-19 side (dubbed Roma Primavera) as his young team fell to their counterparts from Real Madrid. De la Fuente, 17, has been with Barcelona for a few years and had the most notable run of the lot, terrorizing PSVs youth side down the flank in a 2-1 win. He had the assist on an 88th-minute game-winning goal, but his side were only in that position, because of an own goal he scored 10 minutes earlier (though to little of his fault, as it came via a tough deflection). He’s number seven (mostly on the near side) in this video. Besides those two, Zyen Jones, Chris Richards, Konrad de la Fuente and Sergino Dest all featured for their teams as well, with Dest also scoring for Ajax in a 6-0 win over AEK Athens.
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)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, on loan from FC Dallas)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Juan Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)