Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams remains sidelined with a groin injury, and nothing new has come out about the knock, which isn’t a great sign given it’s not supposed to be too serious. He is training for Leipzig, who snuck past 2. Bundesliga side VfL Osnabrück in the DfB-Pokal 3-2 this past weekend. Adams will almost surely miss the start of the Bundesliga season this weekend, and he could be out for the foreseeable future as well.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Though Wolfsburg won their DfB-Pokal first round match against Hallescher, Brooks and the rest of the defense will not be pleased with conceding three and needing extra time in the 5-3 win over the 3. Liga side. None of the concessions were Brooks’ fault, but the defense was opened up on multiple occasions and couldn’t hold a late 3-2 lead with 10 men, allowing Hallescher to score in the second minute of stoppage time to force an extra period. Brooks was a left center back in a 3-4-3 that may need some tweaking from head coach Oliver Glasner.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie came on just before the hour mark with his side only up a goal against fourth-tier SV Drochtersen/Assel in the cup, but the Royal Blues turned it on after the 20-year-old entered, scoring four to produce a 5-0 rout. The central midfielder wasn’t directly involved in any of the tallies, but it’s a good sign nonetheless that he provided a spark after he came onto the field. It’s also a great start for new head coach (and former American international player) David Wagner; McKennie fans shouldn’t read too much into the gaffer keeping him out of the lineup given the opposition. A clearer idea of where McKennie stands should come this Saturday in the league opener against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent lasted an hour and left with his side up 4-1 in an eventual 6-1 win over Atlas Delmenhorst in the first round of the DfB-Pokal. The right winger didn’t factor into any of the goals and didn’t really do much of note, though getting a start in the first competitive game of the season is certainly a positive. It will be interesting to see if he factors into the team, and where, as Werder start their league campaign this weekend.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
As predicted last week, Steffen was in net for Dusseldorf’s first competitive match of the season, a 3-1 extra time cup win over sixth-tier FC 08 Villingen. The lone concession was on a penalty that Steffen did not concede, and the spot kick was unsaveable even had the keeper chosen correctly. Steffen was largely not worked as his team turned the game around in the second half, forcing extra time and scoring two in the extra 30 minutes to claim a spot in the second round. The 24-year-old is in line to start Foruna’s league opener this week, too.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s big signing came on for his debut with just over 30 minutes to play, but Pulisic’s fun was cut short when, just a few minutes after he entered, Chelsea’s deficit grew from 1-0 to 3-0 in the blink of an eye in an eventual 4-0 loss to Manchester United. The Blues had no response either, and though Pulisic looked decent with some crisp passes (he ended a perfect 14 for 14) and dribbles, the winger was caught in possession on multiple occasions, something that has been an issue for him so far in his European career, including on United’s third goal. He appears as confident as ever, but Pulisic will need to really learn to pick his spots to run at defenders in the Premier League.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Bad news came for Yedlin this week as he suffered a setback in his recovery from groin surgery in May. It now appears that he’ll require more medical testing, and he’s unlikely to be ready to feature for a few more weeks at least. As such, he missed Newcastle’s opening day 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Weah started and went almost 70 minutes for Lille in their season-opening 2-1 win against Nantes. Normally a winger, Weah was given the all-important number 10 role in his debut. However, he wasn’t too active, attempting just 19 passes and generally struggling to make much of an impact outside of one impressive turn and dribble that could have led to an assist. He also picked up a yellow card on the day and watched from the bench as his side scored late to snatch all three points. Where Weah lines up for Lille this year could be an intriguing story to keep note of, but a start on day one is nonetheless a good sign.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd did not appear for Besiktas in their final friendly of the season this past weekend. He had played in every friendly to that point, however, and looks set for a major role this season.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Dest sat on the bench for the entirety of Ajax’s Champions League qualifier on Tuesday, a 2-2 draw with PAOK, but he did make his way off the bench in the 54th minute of a 5-0 Eredivisie win over FC Emmen for his league debut. Dest wasn’t heavily involved after coming on, but the 18-year-old did complete 91 percent of his passes on the day. Coach Erik ten Hag is making good on his word that he is ready to play Dest in the Eredivisie, so more minutes could be en route.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
As expected, the arrival of Simon Mignolet has pushed Horvath into a backup role, and he twice rode the bench for Brugge last week as the Belgian side beat Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 in a Champions League qualifier and topped Oostende 2-0 in Jupiler League play. It’s certainly possible that Horvath could get himself back into the starting squad at some point this season, but two clean sheets in two tries represents a perfect start for Mignolet, an experienced Belgian international. If a move doesn’t materialize before the end of the month, the 24-year-old could be looking at best at a season of sporadic appearances.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland)
Amon remains on the sidelines due to injury and watched from the bench as Nordsjaelland drew 2-2 with Silkeborg on Sunday. Comments from manager Flemming Pedersen, which were published after the match, indicate that Amon is not seen as a potential outgoing transfer this month, as Pedersen said he expects the 20-year-old winger to return to training in the coming weeks. Pedersen also said that he believes Amon will quickly win back his starting spot when he returns, so it’s clear that he remains a key part of Nordsjaelland’s plans for the season ahead.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Soto once again started on the bench and served as an unused substitute in Hannover’s 2-0 DfB-Pokal defeat to Karlsruher. The 19-year-old has made one short appearance from the bench through Hannover’s first three matches of the season.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Likewise, Wood has been on the bench for all three of Hamburg’s games so far, but he has yet to see any action. His team defeated Chemnitzer on Sunday, winning on penalties to advance to the second round of the cup.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes is close to a season debut but remains on the comeback trail and missed out on Derby’s scoreless draw with Swansea on Saturday. In some disheartening news, Holmes was the victim of racist social media posts from a Nottingham Forest fan following Derby’s season-opening win over Huddersfield, though the fan has been banned indefinitely and arrested since the incident. Look for Holmes to make his first impact on the field this season in the next few weeks.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Earning a second straight start to begin the campaign, Miazga and his Reading teammates were blown back by a quick early burst from Hull, who scored in the sixth and 16th minutes and made the goals hold up in a 2-1 win. Miazga was mediocre in the contest, as he was guilty of giving the ball away carelessly a few times in a poor first half which also saw him sucked out of position in the buildup to the second goal, allowing a Tigers attacker a free header from eight yards out. He was better after the break, and his final numbers (five clearances, five aerial wins in eight tries, one successful tackle, and an 84 percent pass completion rate) don’t look bad by any means, but it’s now two losses from two and a joint-league-high five goals allowed for the Royals to start the year.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
A couple of late-window arrivals have pushed Novakovich back in the pecking order, as he wasn’t involved in the matchday squad that lost to Hull. He responded emphatically on Monday, scoring a hat trick for the U-23s in a 6-0 thrashing of their counterparts from Newcastle. Novakovich is certainly doing everything in his power to earn first-team minutes. With the team struggling, he should be in line to get an opportunity soon.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
After missing out on Fulham’s season opener, Ream took up his usual spot as Fulham’s left-center back and helped the Cottagers keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers. The 31-year-old was excellent, tallying seven clearances and passing at a match-best 92 percent. He also went three for three on attempted tackles. Fulham certainly have the talent to bounce straight back to the Premier League, and the last time he played at this level, Ream was their Player of the Season. He still looks to be a vital player for the Cottagers.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson played well in Wigan’s opener, but he was given a horrible time in game two as the Latics lost 3-0 to Preston. The left back was at least partially culpable on the first two goals, losing a header to a corner on the opener before losing his man completely on the second. It’s a reminder that, while exciting going forward, Robinson still has a lot to learn about the game defensively.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Chandler was twice an unused sub for Eintracht this week, in a 5-0 Europa League qualifier against Vaduz and a 5-3 DfB-Pokal win over SV Waldhof.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson entered in the 63rd minute with Gladbach up 1-0 on Sandhausen in a scoreline that would hold as they advanced to the second round of the DfB-Pokal.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales went the distance for Fortuna in their aforementioned cup win. It represents a good sign to start the season for the 29-year old midfielder.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Up 3-2, Shelton subbed on with seven minutes to go but had to play 37 instead, with SV Rodinghausen scoring moments after the winger entered. Paderborn would go on to win on penalties after two goalless extra periods.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi was not in the 18-man roster for Forest’s 1-1 draw with Leeds on Saturday.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron started and went the distance at defensive midfielder for QPR this week in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. After slotting into the same spot last week, it looks increasingly likely that Cameron will occupy a spot in the center of the pitch this year as opposed to the backline, where he has played most of his professional football.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham, Premier League → Loaned to Stoke City, Championship)
It was confirmed this week that CCV will play his football this year at Stoke City in the Championship, joining on loan from Spurs. It’s a good move that should give him the opportunity to compete for minutes in a team seeking promotion. However, the center back did not make the Potters’ roster for their 3-1 loss to Charlton this week.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre did not make the matchday squad for Fulham, who beat Blackburn 2-0.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj went the distance for Hull in a 2-1 win over Reading. He had four tackles and won a single aerial on the day.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George subbed on for a wild last 25 minutes against Saarbrucken in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss for Regensburg. After he came on, George’s side was able to take the lead in the 74th minute, but it conceded in the 76th and 93rd to ultimately fall.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green lasted an hour at attacking midfield before being replaced in a 2-0 loss to MSV Duisburg.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
After falling behind 2-0, Lankford entered in the 55th minute for St. Pauli, and his side would turn the tie around, forcing extra time at 2-2 before winning on penalties after a 3-3 finish. Lankford converted St. Pauli’s third kick of the shootout.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 3. Liga → Sold to FC Cincinnati, MLS)
As mentioned last week, Gyau has been exploring domestic opportunities this summer, and he found one that suited him this week when he moved to FC Cincinnati. In truth, it’s a good move for the winger, who leaves a relegated side that was preparing for third-division football for an MLS expansion club that needs all the help it can get and will rely on Gyau. The 26-year-old leaves our list, but it’s not impossible to imagine him impressing back home and getting back into the national team picture.
Payne was not on the 18-man roster for Portimonense this week.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
Payne entered for the final nine minutes of Emmen’s aforementioned trouncing at the hands of Ajax for his club debut. He did little of note, but it’s nonetheless a positive to see him getting top-flight minutes.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright started and logged 87 minutes for VVV-Venlo before being removed for a sub with his side down 3-1 in an eventual 4-1 loss to Sparta Rotterdam.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike went the distance at center back as Kortrijk turned around a 1-0 deficit to beat Cercle Brugge 3-1.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Once again, Saief wasn’t involved for Anderlecht, and no new news has come out about the out-of-favor winger.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler went the distance next to his player-manager Vincent Kompany in a second consecutive scoreless draw.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
After arriving on loan last week, Palmer-Brown wasn’t deemed ready to play in either of Austria Wien’s games this week, a 2-1 Europa League loss to Apollon Limassol or a 5-1 league win over Mattersburg.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Tenerife’s season begins this upcoming weekend with a trip to Real Zaragoza.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis went the distance for Hobro in a 2-0 away loss to Brondby.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi too started and played all 90 in defeat for Hobro, though he also picked up a yellow card.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
A week after signing and debuting, Samuel was an unused substitute this time around.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster wasn’t in either Rangers’ league squad or their Europa League squad this week.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was an unused substitute in both a Europa League fixture and a league match this week.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
In his first start for his new club, Johannsson played 63 minutes and assisted on the game’s opening goal as Hammarby beat Helsingborg 2-1.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was again a backup as St. Gallen lost 3-2 to Young Boys.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch played 90 minutes and scored for the second week running as Sunderland drew 1-1 with Ipswich. It was a cool finish between bodies to draw his side level in the second half, though Sunderland’s struggles to score are a worrying sign early this season.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman was a 72nd-minute substitute for Southend in a 3-1 loss to Blackpool. His team got a goal back a few moments after he entered, but Kelman couldn’t help his side get any further back into it.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde once again went the distance for Rotherham at right back, but in a 2-0 loss to Lincoln.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Philips was an unused substitute for Wycombe in a scoreless draw with Bristol Rovers.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes was an 80th-minute substitute for Dundee in a 2-1 loss to Partick Thistle.
There’s a lot to note from the youth ranks this week. First and foremost, the starting left back from this summer’s U-20 World Cup squad, Chris Gloster, officially completed his move to PSV, which has been rumored all summer. Gloster, 19, is expected to start with the reserves in the second division, but he showed this summer that he’s ready for top-flight football and should get the chance for PSV in the not-too-distant future. Elsewhere, there are a handful of notes on players on our list already. Lennard Maloney
Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Quincy Butler (Hoffenheim, Bundesliga)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Niklas Dossmann (Mainz, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Sidney Friede (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Mike Grimm (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Maurice Malone (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Matthew Hoppe (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Noah Jones (RB Leipzig, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (Koln, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga → Sold to PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Roberto Hategan (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Tyler Taber (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Max Rugova (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher, 2. Bundesliga)
Giona Liebold (Wehen Weisbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Travian Sousa (Hamburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Justin Butler (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Jalen Hawkins (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Chituru Odunze (Leicester City, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolves, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Kyle Scott (Newcastle, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham, Premier League)
Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Ethan Wady (Chelsea, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Dillon Keane (Stoke City, Championship)
Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Lincoln City, League 1)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, La Liga → Sold to Louisville City, USL)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, Segunda Division)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Raphael Iacovelli (Padova, Serie C)
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 1)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Jamie Dunning (Sparta Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Alex Mendez (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Joshua Pynadath (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Coby Sultan (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Jens Cajuste (Midtjylland, Danish Superliga → Not USMNT eligible)
Deedson Vixamar (Hobro, Danish Superliga)
Zico Bailey (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Aydan Bowers (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Jeremy Rafanello (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Isaiah Young (Union St. Gilloise, Belgian First Division B, on loan from Werder Bremen)