Marco Fabian lighting up the Bundesliga, Porto's Herrera struggling
At 27 years old, Marco Fabian is quite possibly in the best form of his career. At Eintracht Frankfurt he feels important, making him not only stand out in the team's attack but also in defensive responsibilities.
After five Bundesliga starts, Fabian has scored three goals and notched two assists. His display against Bayern Munich, who went to Commerzbank-Arena after leveling 1-1 versus FC Koln and falling 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in Champions League, was clinical.
Frankfurt were losing 2-1 to Bayern when Hungary international Szabolcs Huszti was red-carded in the 65th minute, leaving Frankfurt short with 25 minutes left in the match. However, Frankfurt overcame the obstacle provoked by Huszti's sent-off and out-hustled Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern.
With 12 minutes left in the match, Timothy Chandler sent a hard shot into the box that turned into cross for Fabian to chest the ball into the back of the net. Frankfurt finished the night with a valuable 2-2 draw against the Bundesliga's reigning champions.
Jesus Corona, FW, Porto
In Taca de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) play, Corona came onto the pitch in the 65th minute, and he finished the night with a goal and an assist, helping FC Porto get a 3-0 win over Gafanha. This season Corona has scored three goals in all competitions.
Hector Herrera, MF, Porto
In the same game where Corona scored a goal and added an assist from the bench, Herrera played the entire game and barely impacted the play. This sort of passive performance has been a common trend for Herrera this season who, although he's one of the team's captains, hasn't managed to give a stellar performance in months.
So far this season, the 26-year-old has registered has one goal, and three assists. Last week, head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said that he is hoping to see Herrera some better form in the coming weeks.
Miguel Layun, DF, Porto
Layun wasn't even called-up for FC Porto's cup game, although he's likely to see playing time this week when FC Porto visits Club Brugge. Porto travels to Belgium and it needs to get a win in order to keep their Champions League knockout stage aspirations alive.
Carlos Vela, FW, Real Sociedad
Vela turned in yet another lackluster performance in the latest edition of Spain's Basque Derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao. Even though La Real went up early, Athletic won 3-2. Vela's season continues to be marred by inconsistency.
Javier Hernandez, FW, Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen suffered their third loss of the season; this time around against Werder Bremen by a final score of 2-1. Hernandez had a difficult time finding scoring chances and his best chance of scoring actually came from a shot outside the box, which closely passed by Felix Wiedwald's left post.
Hector Moreno, DF, PSV Eindhoven
At the moment, PSV is not looking like a team that will win their third consecutive Eredivisie. On Saturday, PSV drew 1-1 against Heracles, while title rivals Feyenoord got a 2-1 win over NEC Nijmegen on Sunday. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men now have a six point advantage over PSV.
Moreno's leadership will be fundamental if PSV are to get their title defence back on track, but the problem lies in the attack because this season Phillip Cocu's side has only scored twice at home.
Andres Guardado, MF, PSV Eindhoven
Before PSV visits Bayern Munich, coach Phillip Cocu decided to give rest to Guardado, who hasn't seen playing time since Oct. 1. The defending Eredivisie champion has yet to win a Champions League game this season.
Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Granada
After their 7-1 loss to Atletico in Madrid, Granada has La Liga's worst defense. El Grana have conceded 23 goals -- the most in any of the top European leagues -- and immersed in this tenebrous moment is Ochoa, who appears overwhelmed at the reality he's facing.
Carlos Salcedo, DF, Fiorentina
Quietly, Salcedo is turning into one of coach Paulo Sousa's important defenders. Since Sep. 25, he's been included in all of Fiorentina's starting line-ups in Serie A and Europa League competition.
Diego Reyes, DF, Espanyol
Reyes took full advantage of the last FIFA break and made sure to have enough good training sessions to let manager Quique Sanchez Flores know that he was ready to fight for his place in Espanyol's starting XI. Against Las Palmas, Reyes' second start for Los Periquitos, the team once again didn't concede a goal and got a valuable point from their visit to the Canary Islands.
Pedro Arce, MF, Veria
Arce has started in all of Veria's six Greek Super League matches, however, the team has one win and three losses. Earlier this week, Arce shared his dreams with Spanish newspaper El Pais, saying that he wants to be the Mexican Andres Iniesta. Time will tell if he can live up to those standards.
Jonathan dos Santos, MF, Villarreal
After sustaining a minor muscular injury during national team duty, Jonathan appeared on the bench for the Yellow Submarine. The 26-year-old midfielder played in the last 30 minutes of the match in which Villarreal beat Celta 5-0. He's likely to be included in Villarreal's XI in Europa League play against Osmanlispor.
Injured: Raul Jimenez, FW, Benfica
Nayib Moran covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @nayibmoran.