Serie A – Italy
Kevin Mirallas (Fiorentina)
Mirallas played on the right of midfield for Fiorentina in their 2-1 defeat at Juventus, and the Belgian was relatively quiet before being substituted with ten minutes to go. He did make a key pass, but only made 25 other passes.
The winger made another key pass in a 2-1 defeat at Atalanta, but was substituted with a couple of minutes to go in an otherwise quiet performance.
La Liga – Spain
Sandro Ramirez (Real Sociedad)
Sandro came on in the 87th minute of Sociedad’s 2-1 defeat at Barcelona, mainly just to shake hands with some of his former teammates at the end. The Spaniard stayed on the bench for a 1-0 home defeat to former Blue Ramiro Funes Mori’s Villareal.
Super Lig – Turkey
Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray)
Onyekuru was suspended for Gala’s 3-1 win over Kayserispor, but did give an interview with the BBC this week about how he turned down Paris St. Germain for Everton just before he was going to be revealed there despite completing a medical in France, and how he is ‘longing to play in the Premier League’. Maybe we will just keep hold of him then.
Henry yesterday helped fire Galatasaray into the Turkish cup final in their 5-2 win against Malatyaspor. The winger helped himself to just the two goals and an assist last night. Hopefully that little bit closer to the work permit!
Premier Liga – Russia
Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow)
Vlasic assisted his side’s opener in a 2-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala (remember them!) as well as making a fantastic five key passes and having two shots on target, three off it, and seeing one hit the woodwork. However, there were reports from the Liverpool Echo this week which said that the Croatian is set on leaving Goodison Park for good this summer.
Eredivisie – Netherlands
Cuco Martina (Feyenoord)
Martina returned from injury to start in a 2-1 win over AZ Alkmaar, before being brought off on a stretcher on the hour mark. Best wishes to Cuco in his recovery.
First Division A – Belgium
Yannick Bolasie (Anderlecht)
Bolasie started up front for Anderlecht against KAA Gent last week, but couldn’t make it count with the match finishing goalless.
Super League – Switzerland
Shani Tarashaj (Grasshoppers)
Tarashaj was left out of the squad which drew 1-1 with FC Thun.
Shayne Lavery (Falkirk)
Lavery was left on the bench as Falkirk lost 2-0 at home to Greenock Morton.
Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City)
Oumar wasn’t able to do us a favour in scoring against Liverpool last week, despite actually having a shot on target. He was brought off after 67 minutes in the 2-0 defeat.
Antonee Robinson and Beni Baningime (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson performed strongly again in a 2-0 win over Preston North End, providing the cross for Kal Naismith to tee up Leon Clarke for the opener as well as making five clearances and dribbling past three players. Beni continues to be overlooked.
Ashley Williams (Stoke City)
Williams was on the left of a back three for Stoke’s 2-2 draw with Norwich City, and scored a header early in the second half. However, he wasn’t so strong in the air when beaten by Teemu Pukki for Norwich’s second.
Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough)
Besic was withdrawn at half-time of a 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest, after a poor pass completion rate and a shot over the crossbar.
I spoke to Dom Shaw from the Gazette this week about how Besic has been getting on, so be sure to give that a watch over on The Toffee Blues YouTube channel and hit subscribe.
Joe Williams and Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers)
Joe Williams came off injured in the first half of Bolton’s 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, but fingers crossed it’s not too bad as he might just be in Marco Silva’s plans for next season. He even made two key passes before he came off in the 39th minute.
Connolly had a bit of a shocker, missing two big chances for Bolton and making just 19 passes in 90 minutes from central midfield.
Kieran Dowell (Sheffield United)
Dowell was left on the bench for the Blades’ 3-0 win at Hull City. Not even at left-back.
Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion)
Holgate had a decent hour in the 0-0 draw at Reading without doing anything special but being solid defensively before being swapped for the more attacking Matt Philips with half an hour left.
Luke Garbutt (Oxford United)
Garbutt was back at left-back for a 3-2 win at Shrewsbury Town, and played the full 90 minutes putting in a few good crosses.
Anthony Evans (Blackpool)
Evans came on for the last fifteen minutes against Fleetwood Town, and was on the pitch for Nathan Delfouneso’s stoppage time winner to make it 2-1.
Evo-Stik Premier League
Joe Hilton (Marine)
Joe kept a clean sheet away at Basford United after the home side had a goal disallowed for kicking the ball out of his hands. He had a tough afternoon against a strong striker in Alistair Waddecar during a 2-0 home defeat to Bamber Bridge, but will be looking to bounce back this weekend in a crucial game with Farsley Celtic where Marine will be fighting for their Evo-Stik Premier League survival.