More news comes from Scotland this week, including the only confirmed transfer of the last seven days. That’s Ian Harkes, who joined Scottish Championship promotion chasers Dundee United and promptly scored as a substitute in his debut, turning home a low cross for Dundee’s fourth in a 4-0 cup win over Montrose. His bigger tests lie ahead in the league, though. Also in Scotland, Chicago Fire defender Matt Polster looks like he will officially sign with Rangers some time in the coming week after the Ibrox club’s manager Steven Gerrard said that the 25-year-old is on the verge of making the move. Andrew Gutman also looks like he’s close to confirming his move to Celtic, although there are reported issues with his work permit that are slowing the deal down. Still, he played in a reserve match this weekend for the Scottish giants, so the move looks almost certain to be finalized at some point. However, Wil Trapp will apparently not be joining him in Glasgow, as the midfielder’s rumored move to Celtic is now reportedly off. Still, the 26-year-old could well be on the move before the end of the month. Walker Zimmerman, who was reportedly a target for a number of European clubs, will not be moving overseas any time soon after inking a new deal with his MLS club, LAFC. But one young American, DC United 18-year-old midfielder Chris Durkin, could be on his way abroad, with the most recent reports linking him to Portuguese powerhouse Sporting. Nothing has been confirmed yet, though.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream logged 90 minutes against Tottenham, with Fulham giving up a late winner to their visitors to fall 2-1. After his side took an early lead via an own goal, Ream was partially responsible for Tottenham’s equalizer when he completely whiffed a clearance, allowing the ball to fall right to Christian Eriksen, who crossed to a free Dele Alli for an easy finish. It was a bad miss from Ream, who could have avoided the disaster by getting any touch on the dropping ball. The left center back did little else of note on the day.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams is sidelined for 2-3 months after reaggravating the ankle injury that caused him to miss much of the first half of the season.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Per usual, Yedlin took his place on the right side of the defense for Newcastle against Cardiff City, and the Magpies dominated in a 3-0 win. Yedlin was relatively quiet on the day, but it was in a good way as Newcastle’s defense limited Cardiff to only a few half-chances. He won three aerials and two tackles as well.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers probably wasn’t going to play against Sheffield United, but an early injury to Joe Rodon had the center back nabbed from the bench just 20 minutes into the contest. CCV helped Swansea to a narrow 1-0 win. After coming on, Carter-Vickers was nearly opened up a couple times, including almost deflecting into his own net but instead being bailed out by keeper Erwin Mulder, although he did help his side to a clean sheet over promotion-chasing United. CCV is now in a really weird spot. On one hand, there
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson is expected to be out until late January or early February after undergoing ankle surgery.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
He didn’t make his league debut for Leipzig this week, but Adams was on the bench for RB’s massive fixture with Dortmund, which ended in a 1-0 loss. It seems the 19-year-old is mighty close to breaking into the first team, which is a great sign, to say the least.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks started as Wolfsburg fell 2-1 to Schalke. The defender wasn’t directly responsible for either goal –– the first was a penalty he didn’t concede –– but he did play a role in the second; with Weston McKennie running straight at him, he gave the midfielder too much space, allowing a free pass to set up Daniel Caligiuri’s second goal of the game. Brooks passed at a 90 percent clip in the match, but that matters little in a loss.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
It’s unclear when Chandler will return from injury, but he should do so in the second half of this season. February or March seems likely at the moment.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was not in the Bremen lineup this week for a 1-0 win over Hannover as he remains sidelined due to injury.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent, meanwhile, entered the aforementioned win in the 80th minute. He did little of note with his 10 minutes but helped see out the victory nonetheless.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson did not feature for Gladbach in their 1-0 win over Leverkusen.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was on point for Schalke, being removed after 91 minutes in their aforementioned win over Wolfsburg. After a poor first half, McKennie came alive after the break. With the game level at one, the midfielder nearly set up the equalizer when he broke down the left flank and floated a ball across which was headed goalward by Mark Uth, only to be denied by a great save. McKennie then did provide the assist, however, driving right at the heart of the defense (namely John Brooks) before dishing to Caligiuri, who knocked home the winner. The 20-year-old also was
Haji Wright (Schalke)
In that win for Schalke, Wright was a very late substitute, entering the pitch with the game ticking into stoppage time. His most notable moment came just seconds before the final whistle as the striker missed an absolute sitter that was set on a plate for him, somehow dribbling a shot wide of a gaping goal. While that wasn’t a moment to remember, Wright did nonetheless pass a major milestone this week as manager Domenico Tedesco publicly announced that the 20-year-old is officially a full member of the senior team, meaning his time with the reserves has permanently passed. More opportunities should come his way, despite how glaring this weekend’s miss was.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Like McKennie, Morales played a vital role in his team securing a 2-1 win, assisting Benito Raman’s late winner in a road victory over Augsburg. With 89 minutes on the clock, Morales dropped a phenomenal long ball over the defense and into the path of Raman, who finished past the keeper with his second touch to secure three vital points for Fortuna. The midfielder also recorded five clearances and four tackles in a very strong all-around display as Dusseldorf won a fourth consecutive match to open up a seven-point gap on the bottom three.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic made an impact off the bench in a 14-plus minute cameo as Dortmund beat Leipzig. He didn’t make a dent on the scoresheet, but the winger did threaten the RB defense and record one successful dribble during his stint on the pitch. Dortmund maintained their six-point edge atop the table with an important road win.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman didn’t make the Nurnberg 18-man squad that lost 3-1 to Hertha Berlin and has still yet to make a matchday roster this season. His loan is certainly looking like a poor one at this point, to say the least.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood played a very quiet 63 minutes in Hannover’s aforementioned loss to Bremen. The striker did not record a shot and finished with just 23 touches of the ball, fewest of any starter between the two sides, while losing possession five times. With Hannover on a seven-game winless run and stuck in 17th place, Wood will have to improve significantly over the second half of the season.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
The 2. Bundesliga is on winter break until January 29. Fuerth are in 11th place at the midway point, 10 points back of third place and a promotion playoff spot and 11 points from 16th place and a relegation playoff position. Green has made 16 appearances for the club (14 starts) and has one goal and one assist. Fuerth return to action on January 29 against Ingolstadt.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga’s miserable loan spell took another bad turn this week. He was an unused sub in a 1-0 loss to Nimes before not making the squad that lost by that same scoreline to Angers. On Monday, manager Vahid Halilhodzic revealed that Miazga had complained of a back injury, which forced his removal from the squad, but that the center back had actually left France to return to England despite not having the club’s permission to do so. It now looks highly unlikely that he’ll return to Nantes, with the expectation that his loan will officially be canceled in the coming days. That’s not the worst thing considering how poorly his stay in France had been going, but it’s never good to leave a club on bad terms, which certainly appears to be the case for Miazga at the moment. His immediate and long-term futures are both very unclear.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu played twice this week for Rennes, starting and going the distance in a 2-1 loss to Guingamp before entering as a 69th-minute substitute in a scoreless draw with Montpellier. He was lackluster in the former, missing the target with all three of his shot attempts and completing just 12 passes while losing possession five times, and he was mostly peripheral in the latter, failing to record a shot and touching the ball just five times. Rennes are firmly in the midtable at the moment, sitting in ninth place.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
In the first game of the Eredivisie’s second half, Novakovich went the distance but couldn’t help Fortuna avoid a heavy defeat as they fell 5-1 to De Graafschap. The striker forced a save with one of his two shot attempts, won three aerials, and recorded one key pass, but it was nonetheless a trying day as his side was hammered.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was an unused substitute in Breda’s 2-0 defeat to Willem II.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah made his Celtic debut and scored his first goal for the club, tallying their third and final marker in a 3-0 Scottish Cup with over Airdrieonians. The forward entered the contest in the 69th minute and broke behind the defense 13 minutes later before poking home what would be Celtic’s final goal against their third-tier opponents. The competition will get better from here, but it was a huge moment regardless for the 18-year-old, who should be in line for plenty of opportunities over the next few months for his new club.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman remains outside of the Bournemouth squad. He watched from the stands this week as the Cherries beat West Ham.
Scott still has no new loan destination and unsurprisingly missed the Chelsea 18-man roster this week.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron remains out of the QPR side due to injury.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj was a very late sub for Hull in a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes was massive this week for Derby, starting at left wing and scoring his first goal for the club just three minutes into a 2-1 win over Reading. Holmes darted in behind and received a perfectly weighted through ball, which he clipped over the onrushing keeper and into the net (as can be seen at the very start of this video). Holmes and Derby needed the points, too, as they are clinging to a place in the promotion playoff at the moment.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch played 90 minutes for Sunderland in a 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe. The 23-year-old has 26 league appearances now (25 of which are starts).
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi made his debut for Motherwell this week, playing 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Ross County. It’s a loss, but it’s a good sign for his loan that he was already inserted as a starter.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko did not appear for Freiburg this week.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
The 2. Bundesliga is on winter break until January 29. Darmstadt are in 13th place at the midway point, 15 points back of third place and a promotion playoff spot and six points from 16th place and a relegation playoff position. Boyd has made 11 appearances this season but only one start, and he has not recorded a goal or assist. Darmstadt return to action on January 29 against St. Pauli.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
The 2. Bundesliga is on winter break until January 29. Darmstadt are in 13th place at the midway point, 15 points back of third place and a promotion playoff spot and six points from 16th place and a relegation playoff position. Gaines has not made a first-team appearance this season, though he has been on the bench a few times. Darmstadt return to action on January 29 against St. Pauli.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
The 2. Bundesliga is on winter break until January 29. Regensburg are in ninth place at the midway point, eight points back of third place and a promotion playoff spot and 13 points from 16th place and a relegation playoff position. George has started all 18 league games this season, tallying four goals and two assists. Regensburg return to action on January 30 against Paderborn.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
The 2. Bundesliga is on winter break until January 29. Sandhausen are in 15th place at the midway point, out of 16th place and a relegation playoff position on goal differential alone. Gipson has made one substitute appearance this season, and there are some whispers that he could leave the club this month, though that’s certainly still up in the air. Sandhausen return to action on January 30 at Hamburg.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
The 2. Bundesliga is on winter break until January 29. Sandhausen are in 15th place at the midway point, out of 16th place and a relegation playoff position on goal differential alone. Wooten has made 15 appearances this season (11 starts), scoring five goals and tallying one assist. Sandhausen return to action on January 30 at Hamburg.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
The 2. Bundesliga is on winter break until January 29. Duisburg are in 16th place at the midway point, in the relegation playoff position on goal differential alone. Gyau has made nine appearances this season (two starts) and has scored one goal. Duisburg return to action on January 29 at Bochum.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
The 2. Bundesliga is on winter break until January 29. Heidenheim are in sixth place at the midway point, four points back of third place and a promotion playoff spot. Lankford has made six appearances this season (three starts) but has not recorded a goal or an assist. Heidenheim return to action on January 30 against Holstein Kiel.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
Just days after joining Paderborn, Shelton went down with a knee injury. It doesn’t appear to be all that serious, but the forward will likely be out several weeks at a minimum. His European debut will have to wait.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore remains out of Levante’s senior side, but the right back did play 90 minutes for the reserves and help the team keep a clean sheet in a scoreless draw with Cornella.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath started and went the distance as Brugge lost 1-0 to Sporting Charleroi. The game’s only goal came from a phenomenal header from a corner kick that the keeper could do little about.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was an unused substitute as Kortrijk fell 2-1 to Standard Liege.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was absent from the Anderlecht 18-man squad that lost 1-0 to Gent, and a move seems to be in the offing as his attitude was recently criticized by Belgian analysts. It seems very likely that the winger has played his final game for the club.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
The Swiss Super League is on winter break until February 2. St. Gallen are in sixth place at the midway point. Manneh has played seven league games (six starts) and has recorded one assist. St. Gallen return to action on February 3 against FC Zurich.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury. Excelsior are in 14th place in the Eredivisie table, one point out of a relegation playoff spot.
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.
After a brilliant debut for last week, Charlie Kelman inked his first ever professional contract with Southend this week. The 16-year-old striker made his second league appearance as well, as a very late sub in the last few minutes of a 4-0 win over Bradford City. Elsewhere, Gio Reyna is close to clinching a long-rumoured move to Dortmund, though there’s still no confirmation just yet. Also, at just 16, Vancouver Whitecaps academy keeper Chituru Odunze has started a trial with Leicester City. And, finally, Keaton Parks, who has been on and off of this list since the site’s inception, will be off for a long period now after the Benfica player confirmed a season-long loan to NYCFC. Parks struggled mightily to break into Benfica’s ranks, so it’s probably a good move, and with no option to buy, he’ll be heading back to Portugal next winter with hopefully a year’s worth of first-team appearances under his belt.
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, on loan from FC Dallas)
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)
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga -> loaned to New York City FC, MLS)
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)