Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Hertha Berlin
Allan turned 20 this week, and also returned to the Hertha Berlin squad for the first time since his break with the Brazil U20s, although he did not make it onto the pitch during Hertha’s 1-0 defeat at Hamburg.
Taiwo Awoniyi, NEC Nijmegen
NEC Nijmegen secured an important victory this week, breaking a five-game losing streak by beating Heracles 3-1. Taiwo Awoniyi was not involved in the squad.
Cameron Brannagan, Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood Town earned a huge win this weekend, beating promotion rivals Scunthorpe United 2-0 away from home to move into the League One automatic promotion spots. Cam Brannagan started the game on the bench, before coming on after 73 minutes to help his side see out the game. Former Liverpool academy left-back Joe Maguire made his debut for Fleetwood in the match.
Pedro Chirivella, Go Ahead Eagles
Pedro Chirivella made his eighth straight start since joining Go Ahead Eagles on loan on Friday, playing the full 90 minutes of his side’s impressive 2-2 draw at Heerenveen. The result temporarily takes the Eagles out of the Eredivisie relegation picture, with the Deventer-based side having now earned eight points in eight games with Chirivella in midfield. The Spaniard will look to keep his excellent form going next weekend, when Go Ahead face the big challenge of hosting Dutch heavyweights PSV.
Jack Dunn, Tranmere Rovers
Jack Dunn continued his absence with injury, as Tranmere beat Chester 3-2 away from home.
Jon Flanagan, Burnley
Young Scouser Jon Flanagan continued to find himself on the periphery at Burnley, spending the duration of his club’s last-gasp 3-2 defeat at Swansea on the bench.
Ryan Fulton, Chesterfield
Scotland U21 international Ryan Fulton returned to the Chesterfield first-team squad this weekend, but had to accept a place on the bench as the Spireites earned a hugely important 1-0 win away at relegation rivals Swindon Town, courtesy of a 93rd minute winner from Reece Mitchell. Fulton seems to have lost the #1 shirt to January signing Thorsten Stuckmann.
Lloyd Jones, Swindon Town
Lloyd Jones was an injury absence for Swindon’s 3-1 win against Gillingham on Tuesday. He then returned to the squad at the weekend, but spent the duration of Swindon’s devastating 1-0 home defeat to Chesterfield on the bench.
Ryan Kent, Barnsley
Winger Ryan Kent found himself dropped this weekend, named amongst the substitutes for Barnsley’s trip to Derby County. Kent came on after 75 minutes, but could not help his side from falling to a 2-1 final score.
Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake
Brooks Lennon and his Team USA were crowned CONCACAF U20 champions in Costa Rica this week, after three more wins. USA first beat Mexico 1-0 on Monday, with Lennon earning the lone assist after a corner, and then El Salvador 2-1 in the second group stage round. In the final, the American youngsters beat Honduras on penalties, with Lennon converting. Lennon started all three games.
Lennon will now return to Real Salt Lake, who kicked off their MLS campaign on Saturday with a 0-0 draw with Toronto FC.
Lazar Markovic, Hull City
In the week he celebrated his 23rd birthday, Lazar Markovic returned to the Hull City squad, but had arguably his most muted performance since joining the Tigers, as he had a quiet afternoon before being withdrawn after 78 minutes in Hull’s 3-1 defeat at Leicester. Hull take on Swansea next weekend.
Mamadou Sakho, Crystal Palace
French defender Mamadou Sakho made his second start for Crystal Palace, and put in a Man of the Match performance to help his side to a 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion. The 27-year-old defended resolutely throughout, and prevented two clear West Brom goals in the first half with last-ditch challenges. Sakho has made a great start to life at Selhurst Park.
Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town
Joel Coleman stepped in as Huddersfield’s FA Cup ‘keeper once again on Wednesday for the fifth-round replay with Manchester City, but the Terriers struggled, eventually falling by a 5-1 final score.
Danny Ward returned to the first XI for the critical Championship clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, but his side suffered their second disappointing defeat of the week, losing 3-1 at home to suffer a bad blow to their automatic promotion hopes. The Terriers will need to bounce back quickly, and will have the chance to do so on Tuesday, when they host Aston Villa.
Andre Wisdom, Red Bull Salzburg
Andre Wisdom returned to the Salzburg first XI this weekend, as his side faced a crucial clash at Rapid Vienna. Salzburg would secure a clean sheet and 1-0 victory, with Wisdom playing the full 90 minutes. Wisdom will hope for another opportunity next weekend, when Salzburg travel to Admira.
Written by Jacob Ware.