Divock Origi – Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg picked up their fourth Bundesliga draw in a row, when their match with Bayer Leverkusen finished 2-2. Leverkusen took the lead twice, but failed to hold on for all three points. Divock Origi opened the scoring for Wolfsburg after using his height and strength to beat his marker to the ball. A cross was whipped in from the right side and Origi planted his header in the top corner from six yards out. Playing as a lone striker, Origi didn’t really get much going for the rest of the match. He didn’t see much of the ball and his other two shots failed to trouble Bernd Leno.
Connor Randall – Hearts
It was a mixed afternoon on Saturday for Connor Randall. He had a decent game, starting off on the right-hand side of defence, before switching into central midfield for the second half. Hearts beat Ross County 2-1, with Randall picking up an assist for the second goal, when he calmly slotted the ball into the path of Jamie Walker to rifle home. However, Randall was sent off just after the hour mark for two bookable offences. The second came for a fairly innocuous challenge but he was late to the ball and trod on the top of the Ross County player’s foot. The Liverpool youngster will now be suspended for one match.
Pedro Chirivella – Willem II
Willem II picked up just their second win of the season, with a 3-1 victory over fellow strugglers, FC Twente. Pedro Chirivella put in a solid performance on the left side of midfield. He made decent tackles in his own half, but also created opportunities and helped further attacks on the other side of the field. He did however, pick up his fifth yellow card of the season just before half time.
Brooks Lennon – Real Salt Lake
Brooks Lennon played the full 90 minutes for the first time since August, but couldn’t stop his side losing 1-0 to the very defensive Colorado Rapids. The match finished 1-0, mainly thanks to Rapids goalkeeper, Tim Howard who put in a top-class performance, proving that he has still got it. Lennon can be happy with his display although he’d be disappointed he didn’t have more than an impact. His two shots contributed to the 30 that his side had on Howard’s goal, but the 38-year-old managed to survive the onslaught.
Ryan Kent – SC Freiburg
It was difficult weekend for Ryan Kent, as an away trip to Bayern Munich was on the cards. Unsurprisingly, Bayern ran out 5-0 winners, with Kent having an afternoon to forget. The youngster played as a striker in a 4-4-2 formation, but chances were few and far between as the home side dominated. He mustered just one off target shot and one that was blocked, before he was subbed off after 66 minutes.
Taiwo Awoniyi – Royal Excel Mouscron
Royal Excel Mouscron travelled to Genk, the place where they lost 6-0 last season, so a much better performance was hoped for on Saturday. Thankfully, they came away with a point after a 1-1, definitely a positive result. Taiwo Awoniyi had a quiet game up front, not really creating many chances, before he was eventually substituted, five minutes from time.
Sheyi Ojo – Fulham
Fulham drew 2-2 at home to Preston, but Sheyi Ojo missed the encounter due to his shoulder injury. He underwent surgery earlier this week and has already started to rehabilitation, but still expects to be out for another seven weeks. In the meantime, it is being reported that he is considering a switch of international allegiance to Nigeria, perhaps following in the footsteps of Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi. Nigeria are apparently targeting a number of young players to potentially represent them in next year’s World Cup.
Jordan Williams – Rochdale
Rochdale couldn’t force a result against the 10 men of Fleetwood Town. The match finished 2-2, with Jordan Williams coming on as a late substitute. However, the loanee didn’t have much of an impact during his 20 minutes on the pitch.
Allan Rodrigues – Apollon Limassol
Apollon Limassol drew 1-1 away to Anorthosis, who finished the game with 10-men. Allan Rodrigues continued his disappointing loan spell with them, as once again he never made it off the substitutes bench. He’ll be hoping for a run of game time soon, otherwise there will be no chance of him finishing his stay in Cyprus with a work permit.
Toni Gomes – Forest Green Rovers
Toni Gomes was not involved in the embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to Newport County as he was an unused substitute. Forest Green sit second from bottom in League 2, having taken just one win from their opening 13 games.
Shamal George – Carlisle United
Shamal George is still paying for his poor performance against Stevenage, as he was an unused substitute for Carlisle’s 1-0 away win over Colchester.