Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream’s miserable form got even worse this week when Fulham were again exposed, losing 3-0 to Bournemouth. On both the second and third goals, Ream was beaten for pace by his man, who got to a through ball and finished. Ream did pass at a 90 percent clip on the day, but it matters little as the defense was battered. It’s not like the midfield or
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams has still not returned from injury for Huddersfield, but he is not far away.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin had a quiet day at right back for Newcastle, who were frankly dominated by Southampton but held on for a goalless draw. Despite being outshot 22-6, the Magpies’ backline did not break but probably should have been broken by better finishing. Yedlin did a little bit of everything on the stat sheet but that didn’t amass to much overall and was lowlighted by a 56 percent passing clip.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers returned to the starting lineup once for Swansea this week on Tuesday, going the distance in a 3-1 win over Blackburn. He was not responsible at all for the tally, which came by way of a penalty. He did little else to fill the stat sheet, however. On the weekend, the center back was subbed on with 12 minutes to play and his side up 1-0 in an eventual 2-0 win over Reading. After a couple of disappointing starts, CCV is back into the lineup and will hopefully keep getting looks while on loan.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
While Carter-Vickers had a bounceback week, Robinson had a down one. First, he sat in a 2-1 loss to Millwall. Then, he started and could do little to prevent Wigan getting smacked 4-2 by Sheffield United. In fairness to Robinson, none of the four tallies were his fault, but the defense was exposed all day, being cut open and looking generally sloppy with clearances. Robinson won one aerial and had one tackle while being dispossessed three times.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks and Wolfsburg had a great week, shutting down Fortuna Dusseldorf en route to a suffocating 3-0 win. The Wolves limited their hosts to five shots. Brooks really didn’t have to do a whole lot on the day, honestly, recording a single aerial and no tackles, but it’s a clean sheet nonetheless.
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 has returned to individual training as he returns from an ankle injury. There is no word about when he might be involved for Bremen on the field.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was an unused sub this week for Gladbach.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie appeared twice for Schalke, playing the last eight minutes of a Champions League match with Galatasaray before starting and going the distance on the weekend against RB Leipzig; both games ended goalless. The central midfielder had a quiet day against Leipzig but almost broke the deadlock in the pouring rain, when he rose highest to meet a corner kick, but his effort skimmed off the top of the bar and went over. It’s worth noting that McKennie is turning into a solid aerial threat as he starts to develop clear strengths in his game.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Dusseldorf were again on the wrong end of a big defeat this weekend, falling to Wolfsburg in that aforementioned 3-0 match. Morales was subdued in his 78 minutes on the pitch, winning four aerials and tallying three clearances as he was held mostly to defensive responsibilities. Even on those, he wasn’t great, as Morales failed to close out Josip Brekalo, who easily moved by the midfielder and drove home Wolfsburg’s second goal in the 72nd minute. He was brought out six minutes later. Dusseldorf sit bottom of the Bundesliga with five consecutive defeats.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic played twice this week for Dortmund, although he wasn’t particularly impressive for the Black and Yellows in their matches. First, he started and played a decent 79 minutes in a big 4-0 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, although the winger was wasteful when he did get the ball into the final third. Pulisic recorded four successful dribbles in the match but was mostly kept under wraps, while the man who came on for him, Jadon Sancho, scored four minutes after entering. Sancho then got the nod to start on the weekend and scored twice, with Pulisic coming on for the Englishman in the 72nd minute in a game Dortmund would eventually draw 2-2 with Hertha Berlin. At the moment, it seems like the two exciting youngsters are battling for one spot, and Sancho currently appears to have the upper hand.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
After playing a few consecutive games with the reserves, Tillman was absent from all of Nurnberg’s squads this week. He has still yet to appear for their senior side.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood played 90 fairly quiet minutes as Hannover lost 2-1 at home to Augsburg. The forward finished with the fewest touches of any outfield player who started for his side, and while he completed all 16 of his pass attempts, he didn’t record a shot while losing possession nine times. He also was among the responsible on the first goal Augsburg scored, losing his mark on a corner that eventually found its way into the net. Hannover are in the relegation playoff place through nine games.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green went the distance for Fuerth in a 2-0 loss to Darmstadt. Playing behind the striker, the 23-year-old passed at 94 percent with three key passes but missed the target with his only shot attempt and lost possession a team-high eight times. Even after the loss, Greuther Fuerth sit in fourth place, just two points back of the top two and the automatic promotion spots.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga remained out of the Nantes side for their 2-1 win over Amiens, and it looks like his poor form is in fact the reason as reports also came out that the center back may be on his way back to parent club Chelsea earlier than expected. Whether those are reactionary rumors or not, the last few weeks have certainly not been kind to the 23-year-old. It appears he faces a tough time to get himself back into the starting XI.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu still hasn’t made his way back from injury, but no new reports about the knock have come out. The striker missed two Rennes losses, to Dynamo Kyiv and former club Reims. Siebatcheu has reportedly been targeted and contacted by USMNT representatives in recent months, and he is apparently continuing to mull his international options, but he’ll need to get healthy, first.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Once again, Weah did not appear in either of PSG’s senior side’s matches this week, a draw with Napoli and a win over Marseille. He hasn’t played for the first team since August.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
After picking up a knock in training this week, Novakovich was unavailable for Sittard’s 2-1 loss to Vitesse. Despite missing out this weekend, Novakovich also appears to have caught the eye of Reading manager Paul Clement, who said this week the door remains open for the striker to fight his way into the team.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was back on the bench but didn’t play for Breda in a 1-1 draw with Den Haag.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron went the distance twice this week for QPR in a pair of wins, 3-0 win over Sheffield United and 1-0 over Aston Villa. Cameron created the moment of the match, too, in the 1-0 win. After the referee called advantage on an obvious foul, Cameron caught Villa sleeping, lofting a direct over-the-top ball to Pawel Wszolek, who snuck in and netted. The play starts at 36 seconds in this video.
Lichaj too played 180 minutes this week, in a 1-0 loss to Briston and a 1-0 win over Bolton. Hull still sit in the relegation zone.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi still can’t sniff the Forest first team.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes was twice an unused sub this week for Derby, who beat West Brom and drew Middlesbrough. It has come out that manager Frank Lampard apologized to Holmes, as he was due to sub on but did not enter and has only seen action for the senior side twice this year. Lampard’s quote in the report says he is looking to use him at outside back.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch started and went 85 minutes on Tuesday in a 1-0 win over Doncaster and started and played 74 minutes on the weekend in 3-0 win over Southend United. He recorded an assist against Southend and he has been one of the best players on the Sunderland team this season, highlighted by this report about his very solid stats in the final third.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hibernian were off this week, with their match against Rangers being moved due to Rangers’ involvement in the League Cup semi-final. Their reserves also did not play.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko has not returned from injury.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd was subbed on in stoppage time in Darmstadt’s aforementioned win against Greuther Furth 2-0.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines, on the other hand, was an unused sub.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George played a full 90 for Regensburg in a 3-3 draw with Bochum. Unfortunately, his most important involvement in the match was missing a penalty kick.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not play in Sandhuasen’s wild 3-3 draw with Paderborn.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten put together a remarkable performance in that draw with Paderborn, recording an assist on the first goal before scoring his side’s final two, the latter of which equalized in the 83rd minute. His first goal can be seen here, and his second seen here. The forward now has four goals on the season for Sandhausen, who sit in 16th place.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau again was not in the Duisburg squad this week that drew Ingolstadt 1-1.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford once more didn’t make the Heidenheim 18-man squad this week. His team drew leaders Koln 1-1.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath rode the bench for a pair of Brugge draws as they tied Monaco in the Champions League and St. Truiden in the Jupiler League.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
A week after leaving early with a knock, Hines-Ike was in the 18-man squad but didn’t get off the bench in Kortrijk’s 1-1 draw with Cercle Brugge.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief started and went 90 minutes in the Champions League, putting in a solid overall performance but not being involved in either Anderlecht goal in a 2-2 draw with Fenerbahce. He then came on at halftime on the weekend with his side down 2-0 and helped them get a goal back, but Anderlecht still lost 2-1 to Eupen.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh was an unused sub for St. Gallen in a 3-2 win over FC Zurich.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore was also an unused substitute as Reus lost 2-0 to Deportivo La Coruna.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott was absent from the Telstar 18-man squad that lost 3-2 to Sparta Rotterdam.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Twice this week, Gall was an unused substitute, watching from the bench as Malmo drew Sarpsborg and AIK by 1-1 scorelines.
Konrad De la Fuente is having a solid go in Barcelona’s youth ranks so far, and it got better this week when he scored against their counterparts from Inter Milan in a 2-1 UEFA Youth League win. It was a nice slot to the near post that got Barca rolling in the fourth minute. The 17-year-old is proving himself one to keep an eye on as he opens eyes in La Masia. Elsewhere, in a couple of off-field notes, Dutch youth national team member Kik Pierie, who was born in Boston, has been contacted about playing for the USMNT. Little is known about the situation, and it
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
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)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, on loan from FC Dallas)
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
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 AKA De La Goatie (Barcelona, La Liga)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Keaton Parks (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)