Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron remains in the United States as he continues his recovery from the ankle injury that’s kept him sidelined since late October. There’s still no timetable for the versatile veteran to return to Stoke’s lineup.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
It seemed like Carter-Vickers might get a chance for Spurs after Jan Vertonghen’s injury, but he instead was selected to the bench and did not appear in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City. There’s still a possibility he could see action during Vertonghen’s layoff, and it’s likely that Carter-Vickers will be in the Spurs starting lineup for this weekend’s FA Cup clash with League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Eight weeks after suffering an ankle injury, Gooch returned to full training Monday. It’s still not clear when he’ll get back on the pitch, but that time appears to be inching closer for the 21-year-old.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan again watched from the bench as Middlesbrough lost 3-1 at home to West Ham, with starter Victor Valdes making two saves. It still seems likely that Guzan will leave for MLS expansion club Atlanta United some time in 2017, but the move may have to wait until the summer if Boro isn’t able to secure another backstop to back up Valdes.
Brooks Lennon (Liverpool)
Lennon did not make the Liverpool U-23 squad for their 3-0 win over Ipswich. It still seems like the young forward will be moving back to the United States on loan for the 2017 MLS season, but no agreement has been announced yet.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Manchester United’s U-23s were off this week, and Olosunde unsurprisingly was not a part of Jose Mourinho’s 18-man squad that drew with Stoke.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s U-23 side didn’t play this week. Of more concern to Zelalem are the rumors circling that the 19-year-old midfielder will leave the club on a temporary basis, with reports of a loan move to Dutch second-division side VVV Venlo picking up steam. A recent link to Dortmund has been shot down, but a switch to the Netherlands could grant significantly more playing time to Zelalem.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj once again performed well for Forest, starring in defense as the team beat Bristol City 1-0 in its first game under caretaker manager Gary Brazil. The 28-year-old filled out the stat sheet well, seeing one shot blocked and recording four tackles, three clearances, and 72 touches, second-most in the squad. He also completed 85 percent of his passes, highest of any Forest player, to earn a 7.4 whoscored.com match rating as Nottingham Forest won for the first time since December 2.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream’s ongoing resurgence continued as he helped lift the Cottagers to a 1-1 draw in a testy London derby with QPR. The center back finished with a 7.3 whoscored.com rating, joint second-best in the squad, tallying a team-high eight clearances, three blocks, three tackles, two aerial wins, and passing at a 90 percent clip. It was the fourth time in six Championship games that Ream finished with a 7.3 rating of higher as he continues to solidify himself as a consistent contributor at the back for a Fulham side that sits in ninth in the league table.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
In a 2-1 PL Cup win over Middlesbrough on Monday, de la Torre started and went the distance for Fulham’s U-23 side. He wasn’t able to have a major effect in the attack for his team, but it was nonetheless a positive for him to go the full 90 minutes in a victory.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Playing on the right side of a three-man midfield, Williams struggled to impose himself on the game as Reading lost 3-2 to Derby County. He was his usual solid self passing the ball, hitting on 85 percent of his passes, and he recorded two shots, one on goal. However, he was dispossessed three times and whistled for two fouls and didn’t record a tackle as Reading conceded three goals, the final of which Williams certainly could have affected had he put in a challenge in the buildup.
Novakovich had a fantastic showing Monday for Reading’s U-23s in a 4-1 PL Cup win over Birmingham City, scoring the team’s first and third goals and constantly causing problems for the Blues’ defense. Six minutes into the game, Novakovich got past two Birmingham defenders with some nice footwork in the area before slotting a shot home, and after the teams traded goals later in the first half, the striker doubled the Royals’ lead in the 75th minute, cutting in from the left side and beating a defender before finishing well. The 20-year-old has found a rich vein of form at the moment, and he’ll hope that his continued improvement can catch the eye of first-team manager Jaap Stam over the second half of the campaign.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
It may have come against bottom-of-the-table Rotherham United, but Yedlin’s display this weekend for Newcastle in a 4-0 win proved exactly why he remains one of the brightest young Americans playing anywhere at the moment. The right back was superb all game long, finishing with two assists as he constantly threatened the Rotherham defense with runs down the flanks. After making a critical challenge following a blunder by keeper Karl Darlow with the game still scoreless, Yedlin’s cushioned volley in first-half stoppage time set up Daryl Murphy to sweep home the opener. That assist showed Yedlin’s class, and his second-half helper was all about the right back’s most notable trait, his blistering pace. He sprinted behind the defense, recovered from a heavy touch to reach the ball before it rolled out of bounds, and whipped a cross that hit Ayoze Perez and bounced into the net in the 59th minute to extend Newcastle’s lead to 3-0. HIs stellar performance had some media members calling Yedlin the best fullback in the Championship, and with fellow right back Vurnon Anita out injured at the moment, the 23-year-old will have a chance to prove them right over the coming weeks.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
A week after turning 22, Ariyibi was at the center of the attack for Chesterfield, although he couldn’t help new manager Gary Caldwell get a win in his club managerial debut as the Spireites played to a scoreless draw with Wimbledon. Ariyibi was dangerous on the right flank, creating a multitude of chances that his teammates failed to finish off. Chesterfield now sit in 22nd place, two points out of 20th and safety.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Scunthorpe’s game with Charlton was postponed due to a frozen pitch, but the Iron had a nice day nonetheless as league-leading Sheffield United drew with Gillingham. That result closed second-place Scunthorpe’s gap on the Blades to just two points as the Iron continue their fight for automatic promotion.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
A week ago, Boyd looked ready to move to Huddersfield Town in the Championship, but things got complicated when the 25-year old apparently refused the pay cut that would come along with such a move. While there is still time for a deal to get done, there is only a week to go in the transfer window, and Boyd’s future is still very much up in the air. RB Leipzig beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 and Boyd was unsurprisingly not in the squad.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks played 90 minutes at center back for Hertha in a lackluster 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. The center back wasn’t culpable for any of the tallies, however, and created his side's only goal when his forceful header could only be saved directly to a Hertha teammate, who had an easy tap in from three yards out. Brooks is the rock at the back for Hertha, and even in defeat, he showed his worth.
Chandler and Frankfurt had a disappointing start to the second half in their aforementioned loss to RB Leipzig. Chandler himself was average at best, but no one on his team was any better, and after keeper Lukas Hradecky was sent off in the second minute for an awful handball outside the area, Frankfurt struggled to get anything going. Chandler will look to bounce back with a short week that concludes with a Friday matchup against Schalke.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was absent from the Bremen squad which fell 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was not selected for Gladbach’s goalless draw with Darmstadt. However, some good news came out this week when it was reported that the winger is very close to a return from the Achilles injury that’s kept him on the sidelines.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales played 90 minutes in a disheartening 1-0 loss to Schalke. The central midfielder did not do much of note aside from winning five aerials, but that was all for naught after his side conceded in the 91st minute to lose. Ingolstadt are stuck in the relegation zone four points away from safety, so every point will be critical moving forward.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic logged a full shift in Dortmund’s aforementioned win over 10-man Werder Bremen. Pulisic did a little of everything, winning three aerials and three tackles, as well as completing two dribbles, but he made little impact of note in the final third. Then, on Monday, Pulisic committed his future to Dortmund, signing a contract extension that will keep him at the club through 2020. For the more immediate future, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s African Cup of Nations duty has opened a spot in the starting lineup, and that could afford Pulisic more opportunities to start over the next few games.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood started in Hamburg’s return to league action, playing 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg. The striker didn’t get much going during the fixture, although he won a highly impressive nine aerials, which displays his quality in the air. However, he was only able to record one shot. Hamburg sit in 16th place and the relegation playoff spot, so they will need to start grinding out consistent results over the second half to survive the drop.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
The 2. Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 19. Bochum currently sit in 11th place and begin the second half of their season at Union Berlin on January 27.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
After a quality start to his stint with Stuttgart during friendlies over the winter break, Green will return to 2. Bundesliga action against St. Pauli on January 29.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
The 2. Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 19. Dusseldorf sit in eighth place at the halfway point and resume play at home against Sandhausen on January 27.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Sandhausen, who currently sit in 10th place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to league action against Fortuna Duesseldorf, who are one point ahead of them, on January 27.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath watched from the bench in his first competitive game since joining the Belgian club as Brugge recorded a 3-0 win over Standard Liege. It appears that Horvath will be the No. 2 choice at keeper for the foreseeable future and will need to impress — or get lucky — to find himself in the starting XI for the Jupiler League leaders.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
In his competitive debut for Rangers, Hyndman made quite a splash after coming in off the bench. The midfielder entered in the 74th minute with his side down 1-0 in its Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Motherwell and helped Gers turn the game around, ultimately providing the assist for Kenny Miller’s 89th-minute winner with a perfectly weighted through ball. He drew heaps of praise from fans for his performance in his debut, which bodes well for Hyndman’s fortunes during his loan stay in Scotland.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen started and played 89 minutes in a disappointing 1-1 Scottish Cup draw with Raith Rovers. The forward could not find the net or make an impact on the scoresheet against the second-tier side, and Hearts will now host a replay on Wednesday.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen also started for Hearts and played a full 90 minutes minutes in the cup draw. Similarly, Kitchen didn’t make a major impact, having a header from a corner go wide and not doing much else of note, although his side will be huge favorites to advance in the replay.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga again was deployed as a sub this week, but he got a full 45 minutes of play in against Groningen in a 1-1 draw. The centre back came on with his side down a goal at halftime and kept the opposition at bay while the side’s strikeforce was able to save a point. During his time on the pitch, Miazga completed three tackles and passed at an 85 percent clip.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Despite his goalscoring performance last week, Payne did not get a second straight selection to the squad and watched from the bench in Groningen’s aforementioned draw with Vitesse.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez continues to struggle for first-team minutes as he against didn’t make the Fiorentina matchday squad that throttled Chievo 3-0.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was not selected for the Utrecht team which fell 1-0 to Ajax.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu did not make the Reims 18-man roster, which played to a scoreless draw with Valenciennes.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
The Swiss Super League began its winter break after play on December 11. Vaduz currently prop up the table in 10th place. Vaduz returns to action February 5 against FC St. Gallen.