Note: Gregg Berhalter’s named his 23-man squad for both the Panama and Costa Rica friendlies, which defeated Panama 3-0 in the first game of the camp on Sunday. However, no player based outside of the MLS was included in the roster.
It was a relatively busy week of transfer news, highlighted by Matt Miazga’s recall from Nantes to Chelsea and subsequent re-loan to Championship side Reading. Nantes clearly wasn’t a good situation for the center back, and though it’s a step down in terms of competition, Miazga should be in a better situation now. Another completed loan (much less significant) sees Darmstadt’s McKinze Gaines leave the second-division club for third-tier FSV Zwickau in search of playing time; he’ll leave the list for the remainder of the season, but he could gain the experience necessary to make an impact next year. Matt Polster’s work permit was approved, and he appears clear to sign at Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in Scotland. Chris Richards’s deal with Bayern Munich was finalized for four and a half years, and he stays with the U-19 team after playing extensively for the side on loan. Chris Durkin and Gio Reyna continue to be linked with Portuguese clubs and Dortmund, respectively, but nothing has been finalized for either just yet. Going the other way, a pair of players had moves back to MLS confirmed, as Juan Pablo Torres packs up his bags from Sporting Lokeren for NYCFC while Caleb Stanko, who struggled massively to break into the Freiburg side, moves back to Cincinnati to join the MLS’s latest expansion side.
The List (23)
Premier League (3)
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Fulham, having already been eliminated from the FA Cup, were idle this week.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Huddersfield, having already been eliminated from the FA Cup, were idle this week.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Newcastle were still in the FA Cup, but Yedlin did not participate in their 2-0 defeat and subsequent elimination to Watford, watching from the substitutes’ bench.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers put in a full shift for the shorthanded Swansea City backline, going 90 minutes in a 4-1 Cup win over Gillingham. CCV and the rest of the backline did well to shut down most opportunities for the Gills, and the center back was not responsible for the lone goal against. After looking like a recall was possible, Tottenham would only have four days to get Carter-Vickers in and re-loaned, so it’s seemingly more likely that he will spend the rest of the season in Wales.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson is expected to be out until late January or early February after undergoing ankle surgery. There’s still no update on a possible return to action.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams debuted for Leipzig this week, and it could hardly have gone better for the central midfielder in a 4-0 dismantling of Fortuna Dusseldorf. The 19-year-old was cool, calm, and collected in the center of the park, connecting on 81 percent of his passes while winning three aerials and two tackles. Adams wasn’t directly involved in any of the goals (though he played bit-parts in the buildups to two and won the corner that led to another), but did have a few very nice passes. Full highlights of his very bright start can be seen here.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks logged 90 minutes and picked up a yellow as Wolfsburg were smacked 3-0 by Leverkusen. Brooks wasn’t responsible for any of the tallies, but the defense as a whole was poor, to say the least. He did little of note and did not fill the stat sheet at all.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
It’s unclear when Chandler will return from injury, but
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson did not feature for Werder this week.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent again entered as a sub, coming on just after Eintracht Frankfurt had equalized with 20 minutes left to play in an eventual 2-2 draw. The forward did little to move the needle during his time on the pitch, but seeing any action is valuable for his development.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson made the 18-man squad but did not feature for Gladbach, who beat Augsburg 2-0.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
After picking up a yellow in each of his last three games, McKennie reached five for the season and was suspended for Schalke’s 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin. However, news did surface this week that multiple EPL clubs are interested in McKennie, though it’s unlikely a move will come about any time soon.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright did make the 18-man roster for Schalke but did not make it off the bench in their aforementioned draw.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales played 90 minutes in the center of the park in Dusseldorf’s aforementioned 4-0 defeat to Adams’ Leipzig side. He didn’t have much of an impact in the fixture, although he did win four aerials, three interceptions, and two tackles while passing at 88 percent. However, he should have done better to prevent Ibrahima Konate from charging past him on a run into the box that ended with the center back putting Leipzig two goals in front inside of 10 minutes.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic was an unused substitute as Dortmund smacked Hannover 5-1.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman wasn’t a part of the Nurnberg squad that lost 2-1 to Mainz.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Despite a host of injuries, Wood wasn’t able to make
2. Bundesliga (1)
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.
Ligue 1 (2)
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea -> returned to Chelsea, loaned to Reading, Championship)
As mentioned above, Miazga returned from Nantes to Chelsea this week and was subsequently loaned to Championship side Reading. He’ll join the club in the midst of a difficult period, as the Royals sit in 22nd, the final relegation spot in the division. He should have an opportunity to make an impact, however.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu was on the substitutes’ bench but didn’t make it onto the pitch in Rennes’ 4-1 loss to runaway league leaders PSG.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich had a big week for Sittard, scoring their only goal in a 4-1 Cup defeat to Feyenoord before going all 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Vitesse. His tally
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was again an unused substitute in Breda’s 1-1 draw with ADO Den Haag.
Scottish Premiership (1)
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah scored his second goal and started his first game for Celtic, coming on as a substitute and tallying late in a 4-0 win over St. Mirren before playing the first 63 minutes in a 3-0 win over Hamilton. He didn’t do too much in the latter, playing no part in the only goal that was scored before he was taken off and seeing a one-on-one saved in his only real big chance, but he found the net for the first time in league play against St. Mirren with a similar run and finish to his Cup goal last week, putting the cherry on top of an emphatic win.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Bournemouth, having already been eliminated from the FA Cup, were idle this week.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott still has no new loan destination and wasn’t included in the Chelsea 18-man squads this week that beat Spurs and Sheffield Wednesday in cup action.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron remains injured and watched from the stands as QPR drew 1-1 with Portsmouth in the FA Cup.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj came on before halftime due to an injury with his side already down 2-0 and couldn’t prevent a 3-0 loss. He wasn’t responsible for the goal that was scored after he entered.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes again came up big for Derby, putting in an excellent second-half performance which culminated with him being the catalyst on the only goal of the Rams’ 1-0 Cup win over Accrington Stanley. After a short corner, the midfielder charged into the box and beat a couple of players before squeezing it to Martyn Waghorn, who made no mistake with the finish. It may or may not count as an assist, but it’s nonetheless another important contribution from Holmes, who remains red hot at the moment.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch came on after an hour with Sunderland holding a narrow 1-0 lead on Manchester City’s reserves in the EFL Trophy, and four minutes later, he scored a wonderful left-footed curler to lift the Black Cats to a 2-0 lead (which would be the final score). It’s not a particularly noteworthy competition, but it was still an excellent goal from the young forward’s weaker foot.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi started twice this week, going 54 and 64 minutes as Motherwell won a pair of 1-0 games, over Hibernian and Dundee. He has yet to play all 90 minutes, but as he builds up his fitness, he looks set to be an important player for his new loan club.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga -> FC Cincinnati, MLS)
Stanko has finally made the move back home, joining FC Cincinnati on a permanent deal. That means he’ll leave our list. Still, it’s a positive move for a player who has struggled massively for first-team game time since heading to Germany.
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. He is reportedly also considering making a move back to MLS, with Toronto FC rumored to be interested in securing the striker’s signature. Darmstadt return to action on January 29 against St. Pauli.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga -> loaned to FSV Zwickau, 3. Liga)
On Monday, Gaines joined third-tier German side FSV Zwickau on loan until the end of the season. He should have the opportunity there to gain his first significant professional minutes. He’ll leave the list for now as he drops down a division, but the 20-year-old could well benefit in the long run from the temporary move.
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 again play 90 minutes for the reserves and help the team keep another clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Unió Esportiva Olot.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath started again in Brugge’s 2-1 win over Oostende. There’s no video available of the goal he conceded.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was an unused substitute as Kortrijk fell 2-1 for the second straight game, this time to Gent.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief came on for the final seven minutes of Anderlecht’s 2-1 win over Eupen, entering after all the goals had been scored. There’s still no news on a possible departure this month, but one might not be a bad thing as the winger seeks more playing time.
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, although he has returned to training. Excelsior are in 15th 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.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes was a 60th-minute substitute in his first league match for Dundee United, though his side fell 1-0 to Ayr. The club currently sits in third place, three back of Ayr and six behind leaders Ross County.
The big youth news is mentioned at the top today, as Chris Richards has officially signed with Bayern Munich, Juan Torres has joined MLS club NYCFC (and will thus leave our list), Gio Reyna and Chris Durkin continue to close in on moves to Europe. Elsewhere, Charlie Kelman once again played for the Southend senior side, coming on with 20 minutes to play and his team down 1-0 to Luton in a game that would finish with that scoreline. Also, Michael Edwards has been training with the Wolfsburg first team as of late. Lastly, 18-year-old midfielder Raphael Iacovelli has completed a move to Italian second-tier side Padova. He won’t join the list below just yet, but he could if he starts to open some eyes with his new side.