Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Crystal Palace
Fosu-Mensah had to take a seat in the stands this week as he watched his parent club Manchester United come from two goals down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2. Due to restrictions of loan terms, Fosu-Mensah was unable to feature for The Eagles against United.
However, Fosu-Mensah has made headlines this week because of what a Manchester City player has said about him. Leroy Sane has spoken of his admiration of the defender, claiming that he has been his toughest opponent this season.
“Crystal Palace’s right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah, I have played against him twice this season, and even last season, he had me really well under control and I told him how happy I was to play against him,” he told Sky Sports.
Sane is second in the league in assists and is enjoying a stellar season at rivals Manchester City. Fosu-Mensah has played over 20 games for Palace this season, and the 20-year-old will undoubtably be pressing for a first-team spot at Manchester United next campaign.
Andreas Pereira – Valencia CF
Although back in training, Andreas Pereira has yet to return to action in La Liga. His injury has left him on the sidelines for over a month after coming off against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey.
The playmaker posted this picture on his Instagram account last week.
In his absence, Valencia have been on a run of good form, winning four of their last five in the league. They sit fourth in La Liga, eight points clear of fifth placed Sevilla.
Sam Johnstone – Aston Villa
Sam Johnstone enjoyed a fairly quiet evening as Aston Vila cruised to a 3-0 away victory at bottom side Sunderland. The win keeps Villa fighting for automatic promotion, and helps cement their play-off promotion spot.
The Villa number one has recently spoken about his future at Villa Park.
”I enjoy it here. I love playing football here and training every day,” he told the club website.
”But the truth is I’ve not spoken to anyone about it as of yet. My plan is to finish off this season and then see what Manchester United and Aston Villa’s position is on the matter.”
Talk of a potential summer transfer for Johnstone has been ever-present all season, yet Manchester United may want to receive compensation for his time at Old-Trafford. The shot-stopper’s contract with the Reds was due to expire at the end of this season, but according to multiple reports, United have chosen the option to extend that deal for another year.
According to The Sun Manchester United have valued the keeper at £6.5 million and will be open to sell the player if the price is met.
Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa
Tuanzebe has been on the sidelines for the past two fixtures for Aston Villa after injuring a hamstring. Steve Bruce considered the player for selection in the away win at Sunderland, but the defender appears to be less than 100 percent.
If fit, Tuanzebe will return to action in Villa’s huge home match-up against Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
James Wilson – Sheffield United
Wilson has missed the last four league games due to an ankle injury sustained at Leicester City in the FA Cup. Initial reports were that it would not hamper the striker’s game time significantly, yet he still remains in the treatment room. Sheffield United return to action this weekend when they travel to Ipswich Town in the Championship.
Demetri Mitchell – Hearts
It’s absolute heartbreak for Demetri Mitchell who may miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in last month’s game against Ross County. The talented wing-back continued to play two more games on the injury, before travelling back to Manchester for assessment by the Manchester United medical staff.
Gutted to be out injured but going to do everything I can to get back before the end of the season! Hopefully get chance to put the maroon shirt back on a couple more times ⚽️— Demetri Mitchell (@demetrimitche11) March 6, 2018
After arriving at Hearts in January, Mitchell made an immediate impact, picking up three Man of the Match awards in his nine appearances. He scored once in the SFA Cup, a long-range effort that gathered multiple plaudits.
While it is so far unknown of his return date, Mitchell will be spending a long time on the sidelines.
Dean Henderson – Shrewsbury Town
Dean Henderson helped his side to a 1-0 win over Yeovil Town in the EFL Trophy Semi-Final, booking their place at Wembley Stadium in April. The young keeper produced a strong hand to deny Otis Kahn moments before the final whistle but was largely untested throughout.
Shrewsbury Town’s fixture against Peterborough United last weekend was postponed due to bad weather. Henderson will continue to push his side’s promotion hopes when they host Walsall at the weekend.
Matty Willock – St. Johnstone
St. Johnstone had their game against Hamilton Academical postponed last weekend due to snow. Previous to that, Willock played 90 minutes in his side’s 4-1 loss to high-flying Rangers.
Next up for Willock is a midweek match-up away at Kilmarnock.
Regan Poole – Northampton Town
Finally some news from Northampton Town regarding Regan Poole. Assistant Head Coach Dean Austin spoke in an interview with the club’s media staff about Regan’s situation. It appears that the versatile youngster is available for selection, but the manager has deemed it necessary to overlook him for senior players.
After a solid start to the season, appearing 21 times in League One for the Cobblers, Poole finds himself fighting for a starting spot. He will look to be named on the team sheet this weekend as Northampton Town travel to Bristol Cty.