As the European transfer window closed this past week, there were a number of Americans on the move. The biggest news once again came from Scotland, where Matt Polster officially joined Rangers (he’ll move onto the others section of the list next week) and Celtic’s long-rumored moves for Manny Perez and Andrew Gutman were announced; Perez joined USL side North Carolina FC on a season-long loan, and Gutman was supposed to do the same with Nashville SC, but that move didn’t go through due to a dispute over the player’s rights from Chicago Fire, the MLS team he spurned to head to Scotland. Elsewhere, one player already on our list, Kevin Lankford, made a move inside of the 2. Bundesliga, joining St. Pauli from Heidenheim. Another second-division German player, Terrence Boyd, looks likely to complete a move to MLS in the near future, though it hasn’t happened yet. Two more young American prospects have moved to German giants, with Gio Reyna and Taylor Booth completing their long-expected transfers to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, respectively, where both will join the youth ranks. Lastly, one player who didn’t move this window despite interest was Kellyn Acosta, as the Colorado Rapids reportedly turned down a $3 million bid from an English Championship club for the midfielder. It now looks like he’ll likely head overseas upon the expiration of his contract at the end of next season’s MLS campaign.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started twice this week but was twice subbed off as Fulham beat Brighton 4-2 and lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace. In the former, Fulham fell two goals behind early, and Ream -- despite not being responsible for either Brighton goal -- was the man brought off when Claudio Ranieri opted to change his shape on 27 minutes. The move worked a treat as the Cottagers came roaring back to win, but Ranieri opted to again start with Ream in a back three on the weekend, and again he was pulled early, coming off at halftime in a tactical shift that this time didn’t work. He had four clearances and two tackles in that game and did not concede the penalty that allowed Palace to lead 1-0 at the break. Still, despite not playing too poorly, it was far from the center back’s best week.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams is back in training for Huddersfield, but he wasn’t able to return to the pitch this week as the Terriers lost 1-0 to Everton and 5-0 to Chelsea. The midfielder should be set to get back onto the field before the end of the month.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Against a pair of top sides, Yedlin put in 180 solid minutes this week as Newcastle stunned Manchester City 2-1 before falling 1-0 at Tottenham. In the former, the right back was one of the guilty parties as City opened the scoring inside 30 seconds when he lost track of the run of David Silva behind him, who then set up Sergio Aguero. Otherwise, however, he was outstanding against the Citizens, recording three tackles and two clearances, winning the ball in the buildup to the eventual winning penalty, and generally shutting down potent City winger Leroy Sane. The 25-year-old then used that momentum to put in another good performance on the weekend
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers remained at Swansea through the end of the window, and he started twice this week, although it wasn’t his best pair of performances as the Swans drew 3-3 with Birmingham before losing 2-0 to Bristol City. He won four aerials in each and passed at 98 and 89 percent, respectively, but the center back also should have done better to prevent three of the goals his side conceded over the two matches. Against Birmingham, he lost a challenge as he tried to head the ball away from his own goal line, which ended up in the back of the net after taking a final touch off Swans teammate Matt Grimes. Then, against Bristol, he lost the flight of the ball on a cross for City’s first before losing track of a runner just behind him who put in the second. Swansea are six points off a promotion playoff place.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga played 90 minutes in each of his first two matches after making the move to Reading as the Royals drew Bolton 1-1 and Aston Villa 0-0. Against Bolton, Miazga tallied five clearances and three aerial wins, and while he did have a few shaky defensive moments, he wasn’t responsible for conceding the stoppage-time equalizer that allowed the hosts to nick a point. With one game under his belt, the center back was better against Villa, with seven clearances, six aerial wins, and a tackle while looking generally solid against the Championship’s third-best attack. Reading remain in the bottom three, but they’re now within a point of safety.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson trained with his teammates this week for the first time since suffering an ankle injury nearly three months ago. He didn’t make it back into the squad for the weekend’s 2-1 win over QPR, but manager Paul Cook said he expects the left back to be in contention for the upcoming match this weekend at Rotherham.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
After a strong Leipzig debut a week ago, Adams picked up where he left off with another terrific display in a 3-0 win at Hannover. As in his debut, the 19-year-old was everywhere in the contest, filling out the stat sheet with four tackles, four interceptions, three dribbles, one shot that drew a save from the opposition keeper, one key pass, and the second-most touches of the ball of anyone on the pitch, all of which was good for an 8.4 whoscored.com match rating. RB now have a five-point gap in fourth place on fifth-place Eintracht Frankfurt, and they can extend that buffer zone with a win over Eintracht this weekend. Adams has made a strong case already that he should start in that one as well.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks had a stellar performance as Wolfsburg defeated his old club Hertha Berlin 1-0. The center back was a dominant presence for the Wolves, tallying a game-high 11 clearances and winning all nine aerials he contested while also recording two tackles and two interceptions. Most importantly, Wolfsburg snapped a two-game skid while keeping their first clean sheet in five games.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for fifth-place Frankfurt. Without him, Eintracht pulled off a big result this week, drawing leaders Borussia Dortmund 1-1.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson did not feature for Werder this week as he remains sidelined due to injury.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Once again, Sargent was deployed as a second-half substitute by Florian Kohfeldt, coming on at the break in a scoreless game with Nurnberg that would end 1-1. The striker had less of an impact than in previous matches, winning two aerials and missing the target with his only shot attempt while not being involved in either goal. As he continues to earn more playing time over the coming weeks and months, the 18-year-old will also try to add a bit more consistency to his all-around game.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Just like last week, Gladbach won 2-0 with Johnson on the bench, and the veteran once more didn’t make it onto the pitch for the away victory over Schalke.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie however, did appear for Schalke in the aforementioned loss, playing 90 minutes as a left forward. McKennie wasn’t great out of his natural position, passing at a very lackluster 58 percent clip. It also didn’t help that the side had to play the last 30 minutes down a man. McKennie won three aerials in the contest.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright again was included in the matchday roster but remained on the bench.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales went the distance for Fortuna at center midfield, picking up a yellow card along the way in a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim. The 28-year-old was named whoscored.com Man of the Match, doing a little bit of everything on the stat sheet including winning four aerials and tallying four interceptions. He was not involved in either goal.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic entered with 25 minutes to play against Frankfurt and the eventual final scoreline of 1-1 already reading on the jumbotron. Pulisic was solid going forward, completing a couple of dribles, but he also was dispossessed three times. The winger will probably be used in similar situations for the rest of the year, but barring an injury, his starts will be limited.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman did not make the Nurnberg 18-man roster this week for their aforementioned draw with Werder.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood came on at halftime for Hannover, who were down 1-0 and went on to a 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig. Wood didn’t record a shot and won two aerials but lost possession six times, so like Pulisic, he didn’t have the necessary impact in the attacking third.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green rode the bench in Fuerth’s first game of the week, a 1-0 loss to Ingolstadt, but he may have hoped he had sat for the second as well; instead, he played 90 minutes as Paderborn ran Fuerth out of the building in a 6-0 demolition. Green, who picked up a yellow card, did little of note in the contest while passing at just a 65 percent clip. Needless to say, it was a bad start to the second half for a side with just one point in its last six.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu was an unused sub in a 1-0 Rennes win over Amines.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich started and played 80 minutes for Sittard, who were hammered 5-0 by leaders PSV. The forward clearly didn’t have a big impact on the game, but he did win six aerials, half of his entire team’s count and one off the pace for most in the match. The scoreline, however, is tough to ignore.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was again an unused substitute as last-place Breda were trounced 3-0 by De Graafschap.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah was absolutely stellar this week for Celtic. He made a 15-minute cameo in their midweek Premiership match against St. Johnstone, in which he came on with his side up 2-0 and did little of note as it ended by that same scoreline, but that set the stage for the weekend, when manager Brendan Rodgers deployed the forward at the exact same time, but with the scoreline at 0-0 (oddly enough, also in a
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman unsurprisingly wasn’t involved this week as Bournemouth beat Chelsea 4-0 and lost 2-0 to Cardiff. It’s hard to see him breaking into the first team at any point soon.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
The same can be said for Scott, who wasn’t involved in either the aforementioned defeat to the Cherries or the win over Huddersfield. He seems destined to spend the remainder of the season with the Blues’ youth teams, and the 21-year-old seems likely to move again next year, either on loan or permanently.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron is in training and is reportedly close to a return, but he watched from the stands this past weekend as QPR lost 2-1 to Wigan.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Playing out of position at center back, Lichaj put in an outstanding performance to help Hull to a 2-0 win over Stoke, recording a game-high nine clearances and earning praise for his “phenomenal” showing from manager Nigel Adkins.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Deployed in an unfamiliar role at right back, Holmes helped his side to a clean sheet, but Derby weren’t able to find the marker at the other end in a scoreless draw with Preston. Holmes filled out the stat sheet, though, recording five clearances and five interceptions to go with two successful dribbles.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch wasn’t involved in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon as he was scratched late due to a personal matter.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi continued his impressive start to life with Motherwell with another very strong showing in 73 minutes as his side beat Livingston 3-0. Ariyibi wasn’t on the scoresheet, but he was lively and threatening throughout. He also nabbed a second-half yellow card for diving before he was taken off.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
There hasn’t been any official confirmation yet, but Boyd looks like he’ll be completing a move to MLS side Toronto FC in the coming days. He tweeted this week that his time with Darmstadt is over, adding fuel to the already ongoing speculation that he’s headed for Canada. The MLS transfer window is still open, so this move seems likely to be confirmed some time very soon.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George played in each of Regensburg’s first two games following the winter break, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute with both goals scored in a 2-0 win over Paderborn before starting and playing 79 minutes, coming off with his team down 1-0 in a game it would lose 2-0 to Holstein Kiel. He twice missed golden opportunities to draw his side level against Kiel.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not feature in either of Sandhausen’s first two games out of the break, a 2-1 loss to Hamburg and a 3-0 win over Bochum. His future remains up in the air.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Meanwhile, Wooten not only started and went the distance in both of those games, but he scored in each as well. Against Hamburg, he had a fairly quiet game but evened the score from the penalty spot in the 65th minute, though his side fell behind again just three minutes later. However, against Bochum, Wooten was a lively figure, tallying two key passes and scoring a brilliant goal with a clever first-time chip to double Sandhausen’s advantage on 75 minutes. Wooten now has seven goals on the season.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyan started and played 55 minutes for Duisburg in a 2-1 loss to Bochum before watching a 3-2 win over Darmstadt from the bench.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga -> St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford completed a transfer to St. Pauli, but did not appear for the club in either of its games this week. The 20-year-old will hope for a debut in the near future.
The severity of Shelton’s knee injury is unclear, but he’s likely going to miss another month or two.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore remains on the Atletico Levante team for now, for whom he logged 90 minutes this week.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath started in a 1-1 draw with Genk which saw both sides receive red cards.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was an unused substitute for Kortrijk, who beat Lokeren 2-1.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was not in the Anderlecht roster this week.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
St. Gallen’s match this week was postponed.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury, although he has returned to training. He did not appear this week.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Malmo drew Chelsea in the Europa League Round of 32. The February 14th first leg will be the first match of the season for the Swedish side, with the Allsvenskan running on a May to November schedule.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
After making his debut league appearance via sub last week, Harks started his first game for Dundee. He played all 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Greenock Morton.
As listed at the top in the Transfer News section, both Gio Reyna and Taylor Booth completed moves to German teams. At 15 and 17, respectively, they will still get a few developmental years in quality, European academies. Meanwhile, Alex Mendez made his debut appearance for Freiburg at the U-19 level. Also in the youth ranks in Germany is another American in Kevin Coleman, who is trialing at Schlake. Finally, Gedion Zelalem is rumored to have an American suitor in Sporting KC, which would be a good step for the youngster desperately looking for first-team minutes.
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)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
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)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Nebiyou Perry (FC Koln, 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)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, 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)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)