There are fewer transfer nuggets to report on this week than there were last, but there are still a couple of noteworthy items. First and foremost, Zack Steffen’s rumored move to Manchester City still has yet to be officially announced, but Goal.com reported this week that the USMNT goalkeeper has in fact been completed, with Steffen set to sign for City for $7.5 million before moving for the reminder of the season on loan. So far, the clubs most often linked with a loan move for Steffen are Girona, Nice, and his old side, Columbus Crew, although it’s still uncertain where he’ll be playing his football come the spring. Elsewhere, it’s been reported that San Jose Earthquakes defender Nick Lima, who had been training with Hertha Berlin, did not receive a contract offer at the end of the trial and has returned stateside. Lastly this week, it doesn’t really classify as transfer news, but a few more tidbits came out about the reported USMNT interest in Boston-born, Dutch-bred defender Kik Pierie, who starts for Eredivisie side Heerenveen. It seems like Pierie is committed to playing for the Netherlands, for whom he has played
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream earned his first minutes under Claudio Ranieri this week, entering Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Leicester as a late substitute before going the distance in the center of the Cottagers’ defense in a 4-1 loss to Manchester United. In the former, Ream touched the ball just three times, completing two passes and winning an aerial in six-plus minutes of work. In the latter, the center back was mediocre, reacting a bit too slow to cut out crosses on United’s second and third goals, although none of the four goals the Red Devils scored was directly Ream’s fault. He finished with three clearances, two tackles, and an 85 percent pass completion rate, but the loss keeps Fulham at the base of the Premier League table with nine points and a whopping 40 goals conceded in 16 games.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
After going as an unused substitute in Huddersfield’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth on Tuesday, Williams earned his first EPL start of the season on the weekend, playing the first 70 minutes of the Terriers’ 1-0 defeat to Arsenal. In a game in which Huddersfield allowed the Gunners to control the possession, Williams wasn’t too active with the ball, connecting on just eight of 13 passes and losing the ball three times, although he did contribute three blocks to the defensive effort. He also held picked up a yellow card for a bad challenge on Lucas Torreira in the 38th minute. Still, Williams helped keep Arsenal at bay during his time on the pitch, with Torreira’s bicycle-kick winner coming after his departure from the pitch. Despite the impressive team performance at the Emirates, though, Huddersfield’s 10th defeat in 16 games means they again sit in the bottom three.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
This wasn’t a week Yedlin will remember particularly fondly. His positive efforts in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Everton didn’t go unnoticed, as the Newcastle right back was solid with four tackles, four clearances, three aerial wins, and two key passes, helping the Magpies to a good away point. However, on Sunday, Yedlin was sent to an early shower in an eventual 2-1 loss to Wolves. Prior to being sent off, he was responsible for losing track of Diogo Jota on the opening goal for the visitors, but things got worse in the second half. Forced to slide into an unfamiliar role as a right-sided center back in a back three due to an injury just before halftime, the 25-year-old horribly misplayed an attempted back pass in the 57th minute, letting Jota slip by him before tugging the Portuguese forward to the ground. Mike Dean showed no hesitation, rightly pulling out his red card and sending Yedlin to the locker room. Wolves would later add insult to injury, scoring in added time to secure three points and ensure that Yedlin’s bad day ended on a sour note. The sending off also means he’ll miss Newcastle’s crucial trip to Huddersfield this weekend.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was brought on with Swansea up 3-2 on Brentford in the 79th minute, and he helped the Swans see their way through to three points, with the game ending with that same scoreline. During his short spell on the pitch, the 20-year-old defender picked up a yellow card and tallied one clearance, one aerial win, and one interception. The win ends Swansea’s three-game losing streak and moves them into 12th place in the Championship table.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
As was reported last week, Robinson has undergone ankle surgery and is expected to be out for around 10 weeks. If that timeline holds up, the left back may not be ready to return to the Wigan squad until late January or early February. We will provide any updates on his condition as they roll in. Without him on Saturday, Wigan fell 1-0 to visiting Derby.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Following his fifth yellow card of the season in last weekend’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt, Brooks was suspended for Wolfsburg’s 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim on Saturday. He will be eligible to return Friday when ninth-place Wolfsburg visit Nurnberg.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is expected to miss around six months after undergoing knee surgery. He isn’t slated to return until at least the new year.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson will be out around three months after having ankle surgery in mid-November. With his contract set to expire in the summer, the striker’s future is very much in doubt.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was a 78th-minute substitute for Gladbach, coming on with the Foals leading Stuttgart 2-0. He completed six passes and one dribble during his time on the pitch, though he played no part in forcing the Benjamin Pavard own goal that brought the scoreline to 3-0, which was the final. Gladbach sit in second place in the Bundesliga table, but Johnson last started a league match on September 22.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was given a difficult task Saturday, starting out of position as a second striker in Schalke’s biggest game of the year, at home against hated rivals Dortmund. He did a decent job filling out the stat sheet, but McKennie wasn’t able to move the needle in Schalke’s direction as the Royal Blues lost 2-1. The 20-year-old recorded four interceptions, two aerial wins, and two tackles while leading the Schalke press from the front, but he also lost possession five times, passed at just 65 percent, and failed to tally a shot. Struggling Schalke remain within shouting distance of the relegation zone, sitting just three points from 16th place through 14 games.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales made his first appearance in over a month for Fortuna, subbing in for the last 30 minutes with his side locked in a 1-1 tie with Werder Bremen. However, he wasn’t able to move the needle, and Dusseldorf would concede two more to lose 3-1. Neither was his fault, and it’s good to see the midfielder back on the pitch, but it was still a disappointment for his club, which sits at the bottom of the Bundesliga table on nine points.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was a late sub for Dortmund in their aformentioned derby win over Schalke. With his side up 2-1, the youngster was brought on in the 89th minute to kill time more than anything. His minimal involvement means he should feature this week in the Champions League against Monaco. Dortmund are already through but do not control their destiny to finish first in the group, though they could do so with a win and a negative result from Atletico Madrid. Pulisic’s Dortmund future remains largely up in the air, with the emerging Jadon Sancho eating up minutes in the wide areas and playing well enough to keep his starting role.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman did not feature for the senior side, while Nurnberg II are on winter break until early March.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood was a stoppage-time sub for Hannover, although, despite entering in the 93rd minute, he got a full seven minutes on the pitch thanks to a significant amount of extra time. Wood did little of note as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green started and was yanked after an hour with his side down 2-0 in a game it would go onto lose 5-0 to Erzgebirge Aue. Green didn’t have much of an impact, but his 7.1 whoscored.com rating was highest on the team thanks to three shots, a 90 percent passing percentage, three dribbles, and couple of aerial wins and tackles. He did a little bit of everything, but Greuther were hardly effective.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Mizaga might have had a chance to get in the Nantes team with a two-match week in France, but after the center back was left out of the 18-man roster in the midweek –– a 3-2 win over Marseille –– Nantes’ weekend game was cancelled due to protests in France. Miazga is having a rough go, to say the least, having made only eight appearances yet leading the team with five yellow cards.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Rennes were able to play both of their fixtures this week, earning a pair of 2-0 wins over Lyon and Dijon, with Siebatcheu coming up big in the former with his side’s second goal. Just two minutes after Hatem Ben Arfa opened the scoring with a brilliant long shot, Siebatcheu worked hard to get into the penalty area to tap in under immense pressure from behind (it can be seen starting at 1:25 in this video). It wasn’t the prettiest goal ever, but it was a good poacher’s tally nonetheless, as well as the striker’s first Ligue 1 goal for his new side. Siebatcheu was then removed early
Timothy Weah (PSG)
PSG played once this week amongst the protests, but Weah did not make the 18-man roster.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich came on with 15 minutes to play and his side down 2-0 in an eventual 3-0 loss to AZ Alkmaar. He did little of note during his time on the pitch.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown, on the other hand, didn’t make it off the Breda bench in a 2-1 win over Vitesse.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron played the opening half of QPR’s 2-1 loss to Leeds (and perhaps could have done a little better to block the shot that led to the Leeds equalizer on the stroke of halftime). He then went down just before the break and was subbed off at halftime with an ankle issue. It doesn’t appear to be a serious problem, but Cameron’s status for this weekend’s trip to Middlesbrough is up in the air.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
After leaving last week’s win over QPR with a hamstring injury, Lichaj was held out of the Hull squad that drew Millwall 2-2. It’s unknown whether or not he’ll be fit to face Brentford this coming weekend.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi did not play for the Forest senior side that lost 1-0 to Preston, though he did go 90 minutes for the U-23s in a 2-0 loss to Birmingham.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes entered Derby’s 1-0 win over Wigan in the 77th minute with his side up a goal and a man. He put one shot off target, made one tackle, and did not misplace a pass as Derby moved up to fourth in the Championship table with the win.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch did not feature in Sunderland’s Checkatrade Trophy squad that defeated Notts County 2-0. He was included in the starting XI for the weekend’s trip to Accrington, though, and played all 72 minutes before the game was abandoned at 1-1 due to a waterlogged pitch.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
There were some reports that came out last week stating that Hyndman would likely remain out injured for a handful of weeks, leading to uncertainty when his loan deal expired in January, but the midfielder instead returned to action ahead of schedule Saturday, coming on as a substitute just before halftime in a 1-0 win over Hamilton Academical. He wasn’t involved in the winning goal midway through the second half, but Hyndman won plenty of plaudits for his performance, with Hibs assistant manager Garry Parker crediting the 22-year-old midfielder for tilting the game in his team’s favor with his passing and composure in the midfield. Additionally this week, Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook — another young Cherries midfielder with a bright future who had pushed Hyndman into the background with his development over the past year-plus — suffered a knee injury which will keep him sidelined until the end of the season and possible longer, potentially opening up a spot for Hyndman to slot into. His situation has suddenly gotten a lot more interesting.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko continues his recovery from the long-term injury that’s kept him off the field so far this season for Freiburg. His team won 3-0 over RB Leipzig on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd was a stoppage-time substitute, touching the ball twice and not doing much with it in Darmstadt’s 1-1 draw with 10-man Ingolstadt.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines was an unused substitute for the Lillies.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George played all 90 minutes and filled out the stat sheet for Regensburg, but he wasn’t able to help enough in the attack as his team lost 3-1 to Koln.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson again did not make the Sandhausen 18-man squad that drew 1-1 with Arminia Bielefeld.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten went the distance for Sandhausen in a 1-1 draw with Arminia Bielefeld. He was not on the scoresheet.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau came on with 10 minutes to play in a 4-1 loss to Heidenheim. He didn’t have a notable impact on the match.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
In the same game, Lankford rode the bench. That, however, is good news, as the 20-year-old looks to be ready to make his return from the injury that’s kept him out since late September.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
With Horvath in goal, Brugge were up 1-0 with 15 minutes to go against Waasland-Beveren when everything went wrong. First, a penalty and red card tied the game, before an awful own goal sealed a 2-1 loss for Brugge. Neither goal was Horvath’s fault.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike twice was a very late sub for Kortrijk, earning just five minutes over two games, a cup win and a league draw.
Saief did not feature for Anderlecht this week.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh played the first half in a 3-2 win over Neuchatel Xamax. The winger recorded an assist following a corner when he headed back centrally for Vincent Cierro to tap in an early equalizer. Still, he was removed after 45 minutes.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore played 90 minutes for Reus in a 1-0 win over Alcorcon. It was a big upset, too, with Reus in danger of relegation and Alcorcon sitting in first before the weekend started. It is worth noting that Reus were also aided by a 19th-minute red card.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott did not feature for Telstar this week.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
With the Allsvenskan season finished, Malmo are off besides a critical Europa League match this week against Besiktas. Only a win will see them through.
Some massive news and performances came from the youth ranks this week. First and foremost, Josh Sargent has to lead the way after making his professional debut as substitute for Bremen, entering in the 76th minute and scoring with his very first touch two minutes later to give Werder a cushion in their 3-1 win over Dusseldorf. It was maybe the easiest goal Sargent will ever score, as he helped the ball across the line from one yard out with no defender or keeper near him, but it’s a monumental one nonetheless. Sargent’s start was even better than expected. He won’t join the main list just yet, but that could change very soon. Elsewhere, Chris Richards, who is on loan at Bayern Munich from FC Dallas, is reportedly close to making that move permanent. It’s too early to guess what kind of role he will play in the stacked Bavarian outfit, but it’s a good sign nonetheless that Bayern want to make sure they lock up the young American. Similarly, Sergino Dest, who has recently broken through with the Ajax reserves, inked his first professional deal with the Dutch giant, a great club for the young right back to continue his development. Ajax’s biggest domestic competitor, PSV, is also getting in with the American youth as Richie Ledezma, who trialled in Eindhoven last summer, is set to arrive at the club over the winter break. He’s expected to begin with Jong PSV, who are currently a point ahead of Dest’s Jong Ajax in the Dutch Eerste Divisie table. A few short notes to conclude: Stuart Ritchie made his first showing for Groningen II after previously being confined to the youth ranks. Jordan Adebayo-Smith, who we mentioned in this space last week, made his first senior appearance for League 2 Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy. Finally, two players are on trials overseas: goalkeeper Marzuq Puckerin is training with West Ham (and may have already signed a contract with the club, if rumors are to be believed), and right back Manny Perez is doing the same for Celtic.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, on loan from FC Dallas)
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Juan Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)