Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Once again deployed in the midfield, Cameron was superb for Stoke in their 2-0 win over Hull. He was the second-highest rated player in the squad, behind only brace-scoring Xherdan Shaqiri, with a 7.9 whoscored.com match rating. The 31-year-old finished with the most touches of any player, tallied four interceptions, four blocks, and four aerial wins, and passes at an 80 percent clip while also helping the Potters keep a second consecutive clean sheet. Cameron remains a vital part of the starting unit wherever Mark Hughes lines him up, and that shouldn’t change on the back of two straight wins.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan was on the bench for Boro’s scoreless draw with Arsenal. He watched as starting keeper Victor Valdes put forth a stellar display, earning man of the match honors.
Once again, Hyndman was not in the Cherries’ squad on the weekend as Bournemouth played Spurs to a scoreless tie.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga started in the center of Vitesse’s defense in a 1-1 derby draw with NEC Nijmegen. He had a good day, too, as NEC’s goal came from an error by Vitesse’s keeper while Miazga was involved in much of Vitesse’s positive play. He recorded one shot, won a team-high four aerial duels, tallied a game-high 15 clearances, and connected on 33 of his 35 pass attempts. The 21-year-old has now started consecutive contests for Vitesse and should continue to see time for his loan club.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Although Toby Alderweireld is out injured, Carter-Vickers hasn’t stepped in to replace him, instead riding the bench behind Eric Dier in the midweek Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen while sitting out the weekend’s draw with Bournemouth altogether. However, the youngster is likely to be in the starting lineup Tuesday when Spurs battle Liverpool in the EFL Cup.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
After starting on the bench, Gooch entered the pitch in the 75th minute of Sunderland’s 1-0 loss at West Ham. He was among the players caught out by the short corner that eventually led to Winston Reid’s last-gasp winner (LINK to 3 pts), but it would be hard to pin the goal on Gooch. Like Carter-Vickers, the 20-year-old should get a chance in the starting lineup against Southampton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem wasn’t in any of Arsenal’s squads this week. He would have been likely to play for the U-23s on Monday, but with an EFL Cup match Tuesday, he wasn’t used. It’s unclear whether he missed out through injury or because he’s in the squad for Tuesday’s contest against Reading.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Following a midweek draw against Norwich in which he went 90 minutes, Ream was on the bench for a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on the weekend. Against the Canaries, Ream performed decently well, winning three aerials, recording four clearances, and passing at an 88 percent clip while helping the Londoners come back from two goals down to earn a point.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre went 90 minutes for Fulham’s U-23 side in a 2-1 win over Newcastle, although he wasn’t involved in the scoring for the Cottagers. Manager Slavisa Jokanovic announced that some younger players, including de la Torre, could be sent out on loan in January (LINK), but, for now, de la Torre will likely be limited to appearances for the U-23 team.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was twice deployed as a fullback this week for Forest in a pair of 2-1 losses. First, he lined up at left back in a road loss to Blackburn, putting forth a good showing despite the defeat with two shots off target and a team-high four tackles. Then, on the weekend, Lichaj started at right back in a loss to Cardiff in which Forest went down to 10 men midway through the second half, seeing one shot saved and another blocked. He remains a key cog in the Forest side, albeit one that is struggling three points above the drop zone.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading’s U-23 side drew with Sunderland on Sunday, though there’s no team news available and it’s unclear whether Novakovich was involved.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams went 180 minutes for Reading this week in a loss to Aston Villa and a win over Rotherham. In the midweek loss to Villa, Williams had two shots and three tackles, as well as a penalty that was saved. His teammate Yann Kermorgant bailed Williams out following the miss by heading the rebound home, but it was still a lackluster performance from Williams. Then, against Rotherham, he recorded three shots and two tackles in the contest, helping his side keep a clean sheet in a much improved showing.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
It was a mediocre week for Spector, who went 180 minutes in a win over Rotherham and a loss to Burton. In the midweek victory, the right back was Birmingham’s lowest-rated starter as the Blues scored four goals, and he was tied for second-lowest in the 2-0 weekend defeat. He was quiet overall, and while the veteran right back remains a part of the starting lineup, his position will come under threat if he continues to struggle.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
After watching the 2-0 midweek win over Barnsley from the bench, Yedlin was in his usual right-back spot on the weekend in a 3-0 victory over Ipswich. He was the busiest player on the pitch, finishing with game-highs of 96 touches and 84 passes and recording three dribbles and three clearances. It was another good showing for the 23-year-old as he continues to see action for the Championship leaders.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi played all 180 minutes this week for Chesterfield, but the team failed to record a goal and lost consecutive home games to Fleetwood and Scunthorpe. The young winger has been a bright spot for the Spireites, but they’ve fallen into 23rd place in League One with five losses and a draw from their last six games.
After coming on for the final 25 minutes of Scunthorpe’s midweek defeat to Oldham, Holmes was in the starting lineup and made a difference in the 3-0 road win at Chesterfield. It was his driving run through the middle of the pitch that set up Kevin van Veen’s goal that made it 2-0 in the second half. Holmes was taken off 12 minutes after recording the assist, but the young winger nonetheless made a big impact in the win.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was again out of Leipzig’s squad for the 3-1 win over Werder Bremen. He has yet to make his return for his club from the long-term knee injury that’s kept him out for the vast majority of the past two seasons, but when he does come back, he’ll return to a side that finds itself competing for a Champions League place in the early part of the season.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Hertha came away with a big 2-1 win over Cologne that pushed them to third in the table, and Brooks again shined in the center of the Berlin defense. Brooks was a rock in the backline, tallying game-highs of six interceptions and three clearances while also having one shot saved and passing at an 87 percent rate, highest of any Hertha starter. The capital club currently sits in the final Champions League place ahead of a key contest against fourth-place Hoffenheim.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
After his impressive display last week, Chandler again put forth a solid 90 minutes at right back for Frankfurt, who blanked Hamburg 3-0. He wasn’t involved in any of the goals this time around, but the backline he is a part of held Hamburg to just three shots while Chandler also filled the stat sheet with two tackles, two aerials won, and two dribbles, also passing at an 80 percent clip. With the win, Frankfurt now sit in seventh place, only out of a Europa League spot on goal differential.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green was not part of either of Bayern’s squads this week, which beat PSV 4-1 in the UCL and Gladbach 2-0 in the Bundesliga. He also did not appear for the reserves.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was sent on in the 70th minute to try to help resurrect his team’s 1-0 deficit against RB Leipzig. However, just minutes after he came on, Leipzig nabbed their second and would go on to their aforementioned 3-1 win. Johannsson did little of note, but he did have one shot and six passes, all of which hit their target.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
It wasn’t a great week for Johnson, who not in the 18-man roster that made the trip to Scotland to play Celtic in the Champions League before being throttled by Bayern in their aforementioned win, as Johnson was never able to get his engine running against the country's elite. The winger passed at just a 65 percent clip against the Bavarians and recorded one shot. It’s no surprise given Bayern had 65 percent possession, but it would be nice to see Johnson elevate his play, even if his team can’t, against the giants, as he did last season when he scored a goal in handing Bayern their first loss of the season.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was subbed on in the 89th minute to help preserve a 3-2 Ingolstadt lead, but a late strike saw the game end in a draw with Borussia Dortmund.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Speaking of, although Pulisic was not in the roster which played Benfica in the midweek, Morales’ failure was the halftime substitute’s delight, as the forward tapped home the 91st-minute equalizer from close range to steal a point for Dortmund at the deaths. Ingolstadt keeper Orjan Nyland made a nice save on a close-range header, but the rebound was left right in front of goal, and the on-rushing Pulisic was in the right place to break Ingolstadt hearts. It wasn’t the most difficult goal he will ever score, but it was very meaningful and should help the savvy attacker earn more playing time.
Stanko started and played a full 90 minutes this week as Vaduz fell 3-2 to FC Thun. Stanko did little of note, but did pick up an 83rd minute yellow card. The loss hurts, as well, as Thun jumped Vaduz, who now sit in second-to-last place.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was brought on at halftime with Hamburg down a goal to Frankfurt but couldn’t find the net in the aforementioned loss. Though he didn’t do much of note, Wood won an impressive five aerials, which could be a sign that the striker, who isn’t the tallest, might be developing a solid presence in the air.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
It was not a good day for Canouse as his Bochum side were dispatched of 3-0 by Kaiserslautern. The offense couldn't muster up a goal, and the defense allowed three, so it was about as bad as it can get for a central midfielder. Canouse also picked up a 77th-minute yellow card.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was surprisingly subbed on in the 35th minute with his side already up by two as Dusseldorf cruised to a 4-0 victory. It’s unclear what led Kiesewetter to enter the contest so early, but if it was an injury, that could open up playing time for the 23-year-old.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault was brought on just after halftime with St. Pauli trailing Sandhausen 2-0. He and his teammates could not muster up a comeback, ultimately falling 3-0.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten logged a 75 minutes for Sandhausen and scored their third tally in the aforementioned win over St. Pauli. Just three minutes before coming off, the striker latched onto a ball in the area and neatly flicked it past a defender before slotting it away cooly from close range. It was Wooten’s fourth tally of the year and his third in his last four games, so it looks like he is settling into a nice groove in the 2. Bundesliga.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu was not in the Reims roster which drew Lens 1-1.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
With a big fixture on the table at second place Brann, Horvath and Molde fell short as after taking an early 1-0 lead, Molde fell 2-1 to their hosts. Horvath did manage three saves on the day, but the loss really stings, as it all but eliminates Molde from a European place with two games to go.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Hearts’ fixture against Rangers was postponed due to Rangers involvement in the Scottish League Cup, so Johnsen wasn’t in action this past week.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Like Johnsen, Kitchen was inactive this week with Hearts’ match getting postponed.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was not in the Groningen squad which beat AZ Alkmaar 2-0.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was an unused sub as Utrecht defeated 10-man Willem II 1-0.