Taiwo Awoniyi – Royal Excel Mouscron
Playing on Friday night, Taiwo Awoniyi bagged himself his third goal in Mouscron colours. The Nigerian striker made an excellent run to the near post and beat a defender and the goalkeeper to a well-positioned low cross. The hard work was already done and Awoniyi easily guided the ball home from six-yards out to put his side 2-0 after just 26 minutes. Sadly, it all went wrong in the second half and Mouscron couldn’t close out the game, allowing KV Mechelen to pick up a 2-2 draw.
Sheyi Ojo – Fulham
Fulham had an excellent week securing two away wins over Nottingham Forest and West-London rivals, Fulham. However, Sheyi Ojo could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder on Friday night. He had to be stretchered off in the 55th minute after landing awkwardly. Although there has been no official word from the club yet, the worst case scenario is expected to be 2-3 months. This setback is really unfortunate as Ojo was enjoying a lively start to his loan spell, which promised a lot of promises for the rest of the season. We all send our best wishes to Sheyi and hope he has a speedy recovery.
Connor Randall – Hearts
Playing as a left-sided wing-back in a 5-3-2 formation, Connor Randall is really being utilised all over the pitch during his time in Scotland. Hearts lost 2-1 to Dundee FC on Saturday, despite a very good display from their borrowed Liverpool player. Randall had an excellent game defensively, making tackles and cutting out the oppositions attacking movements with well-timed interceptions. He also made an impact up the other of the field by starting attacks of his own. There was one chance for the 21-year-old in the first half, but he could only drag his shot harmlessly passed the post.
Shamal George – Carlisle United
It was a night to forget on Tuesday for Shamal George, as his side lost 2-0 at home to Stevenage and both goals went down to goalkeeping errors. The first came from a corner, which George appeared to collect in traffic quite comfortably, only for the ball to get stuck against a Stevenage player and eventually sneak out of the grasp of the youngster’s gloves. With the ball on the floor, it presented a golden opportunity for the visitors, which they duly took. The second mistake was even worse and was also the result of a corner. The initial cross was half-cleared but a hopeful header from the edge of the box put the ball back into a dangerous area. George rose to get rid of any danger, but made an absolute mess of it, letting the ball pass through his hands drop pathetically into the back of the net. He would later take to Twitter to apologise to his fellow players and the Carlisle fans.
As a result of his poor performance, George was left on the subs bench for the 1-0 win over Crawley Town on Saturday.
Pedro Chirivella – Willem II
Pedro Chirivella was the best of a bad bunch as he suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of top of the table, PSV. If it wasn’t for the young Spaniard, the deficit could’ve been a lot bigger as he continually broke up attacks and controlled possession. Chirivella made key passes to start attacks on their way, but was ultimately let down by his strikers as they couldn’t make the most of the opportunities they had. This latest defeat leaves Willem II at the bottom of the league on goal difference.
Allan Rodrigues – Apollon Limassol
Allan got a chance against the old enemy in midweek as he played the full 90 minutes against Everton in the Europa League. The match finished as a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, with the Cypriot team stealing a point with a late equaliser and only ten men. Allan was a good attacking option going forward and contributed well, even if his performance may have slipped under the radar. This result leaves Everton bottom of Group E, while Apollon are in third, just behind Lyon on goals scored.
Divock Origi – Wolfsburg
Divock Origi hasn’t had the best of times with Wolfsburg so far and that run continued at the weekend. He looked to be just making up the numbers during the 1-1 draw with Mainz as he contributed very little, apart from a single shot on target. He may need to start finding some goal-scoring form soon, otherwise there could be spot on the bench with his name on it.
Brooks Lennon – Real Salt Lake City
Brought on as a late substitute once again, Brooks Lennon had a minimal impact on the game as his team drew 1-1 with LA Galaxy. Lennon entered the game in the 66th minute as Galaxy led the game 1-0. He had an excellent chance to level the game just five minutes from time. Lennon took a first time shot from a low cross, just a few yards, but the goalkeeper was equal to it and smothered the ball. Thankfully, Lennon’s blushes were saved as RSL secured a point in the fifth minute of injury time.
Toni Gomes – Forest Green Rovers
It was a quiet week for Toni Gomes. He played just 30 minutes on Tuesday evening, when he was brought on with his side trailing 3-0 to Cambridge United. The manager wasn’t expecting much for him and it was obviously too late for the youngster to ignite a comeback. No more goals were scored until the end of the game. He was then left out of the matchday squad for the 1-0 home loss to Accrington Stanley. Forest Green are really struggling in League Two this season, taking just one point from their last eight league games.
Ryan Kent – SC Freiburg
Ryan Kent was an unused substitute for Freiburg’s 3-2 win against Hoffenheim.