Brooks Lennon – Real Salt Lake
Brooks Lennon played the full 90 minutes in what could be his last game for Real Salt Lake. Their 2-1 win over Kansas City ended up being not quite enough, as they missed out on a playoff spot by just a single point. It was a positive end for Lennon however, as he found himself on the scoresheet for the fourth time in an RSL shirt.
Lennon also played a part in the first the goal. After carrying the ball to the edge of the 18-yard box, he squared it back nicely to Albert Rusnak who completely fluffed his shot and got the ball stuck under his feet. Thankfully, it somehow broke for Luis Silva who was much more competent at finishing the chance.
Lennon’s goal came just a few minutes before the break. The young American found himself completely free once again, inside the area and after taking a touch fired towards the goal. The goalkeeper was equal to the first effort, but the ball luckily fell back to Lennon who made no mistake the second time around. Although he may not have a future with Liverpool Football Club, Lennon can be very happy with his spell in the States and the valuable experience he has gained.
Taiwo Awoniyi – Royal Excel Mouscron
Playing on Friday night, Royal Excel Mouscron lost 3-1 at home to Standard Liege. Taiwo Awoniyi played the full game up front and there is some debate as to whether or not he should be credited with the goal.
Standard Liege’s goalkeeper made a save from a corner, but failed to clear which left the ball bouncing around on the goal line. Selim Amallah appeared to have scrambled the ball over the line before Awoniyi was on hand to clear up any uncertainty to volley into the net. Mouscron’s Twitter feed is reporting that the goal was Awoniyi’s but the official Jupiler League has given it to Amallah. Regardless of who the goal ends up with, an unsatisfactory evening for the side.
Divock Origi – Wolfsburg
Divock Origi played as a lone striker for 70 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim. He was kept out of the game for most of it however, and saw very few chances come his way. He did hit the woodwork with his only effort, but was replaced by Mario Gomez, who was playing his first game back from injury. This suggests that there could be a competition for places in the coming weeks.
Origi also revealed this week that Jurgen Klopp has not been in contact with him since he joined Wolfsburg. The Belgian said he must stay focused on himself, which could be a hint that his future with Liverpool could be looking bleak.
Pedro Chirivella – Willem II
Willem II picked up their second victory in as many games, with a 1-0 win over FC Groningen on Friday night. Pedro Chirivella had a fairly quiet game although his contribution shouldn’t go unnoticed. As always, he looked very comfortable on the ball and was in possession for the third most amount of time out of everyone on the pitch. The win lifts Willem II out of the relegation zone for the first time this season and things could be starting to turn around for them.
Toni Gomes – Forest Green Rovers
With two matches this week, Toni Gomes got another go at a first team start. He played the first hour of the 1-0 win over Coventry on Tuesday evening. Despite looking lively and being involved in some decent play, he failed to have any real impact on proceedings.
He spent the whole of Saturday afternoon on the bench and watched his side beat Stevenage 2-1, away from home.
Allan Rodrigues – Apollon Limassol
A rare start was given to Allan in the Europa League on Thursday. Sadly, it wasn’t a positive evening for the player or the club as they lost 3-1 to Atalanta from Italy. Allan had a very poor game and didn’t see much of the ball, but when he did, he ended up losing possession three times and failed to make a single successful tackle. He was substituted in the 57th minute, with a yellow card to his name.
Normal service was resumed on Sunday, when he wasn’t even in the squad for the 1-0 win over Aris Limassol.
Sheyi Ojo – Fulham
Sheyi Ojo is still recovering from his shoulder injury, so was absent from the 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Connor Randall – Hearts
Connor Randall was serving his one match suspension following the red card he picked up last week. His side managed a 1-0 win over St Johnstone, without him, but the Englishman should be back in action when they face Hibernian tomorrow night.
Shamal George – Carlisle United
Shamal George was on the bench for both Carlisle’s draws this week. They kicked things off with a 3-3 draw with Wycombe on Tuesday, before their match on Saturday with Notts County finished 1-1.
Ryan Kent – SC Freiburg
Ryan Kent was an unused substitute for the 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin.