Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Crystal Palace FC
Fosu-Mensah finds himself four games into the new Premier League season and with a new manager. After starting every game under Frank De Boer, a shift in management to Roy Hodgson may challenge his playing time. Fosu-Mensah appeared to have a good relationship with his fellow Dutchman, and the familiarity promised a successful season for the 19-year-old. Fosu-Mensah is on loan for the remainder of the season, so let’s hope Hodgson puts faith in the young defender and continues to progress his playing experience at the highest level. This weekend’s home match up with Southampton could be a good indicator for his future with the Eagles.
Andreas Pereira – Valencia CF
Pereira came under a media firestorm after José Mourinho came out criticizing the 21-year-old’s decision to leave on loan to Valencia. The boss said he was disappointed in Pereira’s choice to leave, claiming he should have stayed to fight for his position. However, those comments seem to have been exaggerated by the media and the young dynamo isn’t worried.
He recently told Marca "It didn't hurt me. I spoke to him before I came here. I'm happy that he wants me and I think to myself that if I wasn't a good player he wouldn't have wanted me to stay.”
Pereira is on a season-long loan deal with the La Liga side, where he will gain valuable experience, playing against the likes of Ronaldo and Messi. Pereira clocked 61 minutes in last week’s 0-0 game vs Atlético Madrid. The next game to showcase his talent will be an away trip to Levante this Saturday.
Sam Johnstone – Aston Villa FC
The English goalkeeper has been quietly making a name for himself in the Championship with Aston Villa. It has been a poor start to the season for Steve Bruce’s side as they sit 18th in the table with 7 points. However, Johnstone has been a shining light, keeping two clean sheets in the last two games and being named Man of the Match against Brentford. Boss Steve Bruce voiced his satisfaction with the shot stopper.
Johnstone will look to gain another clean sheet against Barnsley on Saturday.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Leeds United FC
After turning down a loan move to European giants Ajax in favor of a move over the Pennines to old rivals Leeds United, Borthwick-Jackson has struggled to maintain a starting spot. After impressing on his debut at home against Preston North End, he has not started a game since.
Leeds have had a great start to the season, and the omission of Borthwick-Jackson is not injury-related. Manager Thomas Christiansen may be happy with his teams run, and experimenting with his backline could be the last thing he wants to do… unfortunately for Borthwick-Jackson.
Dean Henderson – Shrewsbury Town FC
The goalkeeper has proven a valuable addition to Shrewsbury Town so far this season. He has kept 4 clean sheets in 7 games, helping his side climb to the top of the League One table. Henderson, who enjoyed a great summer winning the U-20 World Cup with England, has continued to impress in this challenging league. He will return to the field on Saturday with an away trip against Oldham Athletic.
Regan Poole – Northampton Town FC
Unused substitute in his last four games at Northampton Town. Clocked 90 minutes against Fleetwood Town in August. Next game vs Southend United on Saturday.
Devonte Redmond – Scunthorpe United FC
After joining Scunthorpe United in the summer, Redmond has been an unused sub and has failed to make the squad in recent games. With most of his appearances coming in the EFL Cup and EFL Trophy, it is yet to be determined if he will gain much league experience before his loan move finishes in January 2018. If used, Redmond will play Doncaster Rovers this Sunday.
Matty Willock – Utrecht FC
Willock joins Pereira in moving overseas to gain playing time, after signing a year-long loan deal with Utrecht FC in the Dutch Eredivisie. Willock was an unused substitute in their last game, a home win against Roda JC. Up next is an away trip to FC Twente this Sunday.