Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams was given another start in the midfield this week, although he wasn’t at his best in an opening 45 minutes in which Leipzig struggled massively against Borussia Monchengladbach, before being shifted to right back for the start of the second half and subsequently removed for a substitute. The 20-year-old wasn’t especially at fault for either Gladbach goal (one a superb team move, one a mistake from a Leipzig defender) as Borussia took a 2-0 lead into halftime, but he failed to make his usual impact with just one interception, no tackles (in two tries), and the fewest touches of any Leipzig player to go more than 45 minutes. Adams didn’t make a huge difference at fullback either before his removal on 69 minutes, but RB did score in that time, and they’d go on to notch another in the final minute of normal time to scrape a 2-2 draw. The dropped points mean Leipzig fall from their perch atop the Bundesliga, slipping behind Bayern Munich, but a draw is better than a loss, and they are just a single point behind the defending champions with the result.
Once again, Brooks went as an unused substitute for Wolfsburg, who beat Paderborn 4-2. The 27-year-old has now missed consecutive games amidst rumors of a falling out between the center back and manager Oliver Glasner, in his first year at the club. The situation will be one to monitor closely over the next few weeks and months.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was back in the starting XI this week and played 90 minutes before being removed in stoppage time of a scoreless draw at Hertha Berlin. Playing as a No. 8 in a diamond midfield, McKennie had a solid game, contributing to defense with three tackles and three aerial wins and to attack with two shots on target, one of which was on target before taking a deflection that needed tipping over from the Hertha keeper. Now that he’s returned to full health, the 21-year-old will need to remain on the field in the second half as sixth-place Schalke fight for a top-four finish.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales went the full 90 minutes as Dusseldorf drew 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt. The midfielder was decent throughout the match, winning a game-high seven aerials and notching two interceptions while passing at 75 percent. However, Dusseldorf were stung in the dying seconds to fall to a draw. More on that last-second sting later.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen again missed out with a knee injury. There were some whispers that he might be able to return this week, so that means he should hopefully be back sooner rather than later, perhaps even as soon as this weekend when Fortuna visit Wolfsburg.
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Reyna again came on as a substitute for Dortmund this week, entering the match in the 77th minute for the club’s new hero, Erling Haaland, who had already scored twice and helped stoke BVB to a 5-0 lead. The 17-year-old Reyna was bright in his cameo, passing the ball well and recording one key pass and one dribble against a well beaten Union Berlin side. He’ll hope to see more and more action as the second half of the season gets going, but Reyna likely isn’t displacing anyone from a team that’s scored five goals in three consecutive matches just yet.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
A week after struggling in a defeat to Hoffenheim, Sargent was dropped to the bench this week. He was brought on in the 87th minute as Bremen chased a 2-1 deficit, but he wasn’t able to move the needle as Werder fell to Augsburg. They remain mired in 16th place.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Frank Lampard said that he and the Chelsea training staff pushed to see if they could get Pulisic back into the matchday squad for this weekend’s 2-2 draw at Leicester, but it wasn’t to be as the 21-year-old suffered a slight setback that kept him out. It sounds like he’ll now have to miss another week or two, but the Premier League’s modified winter break has hit at a perfect time for the young winger as Chelsea’s next match isn’t until February 17. It’ll be a race against the clock, but it’s possible that Pulisic could be ready by then. Time will tell.
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)
After jumping into our List, Vassilev has been back out of the Villa squad and with the U-23s, for whom he started on Monday in a 1-0 defeat to West Brom. While he hasn’t been in the squad in the last two weeks, there may be a new chance for Vassilev after fellow young striker Keinan Davis, who had previously been out for three months before returning to the senior side’s bench recently, suffered a recurrence of his previous injury Monday for the U-23s. It was also reported this week that the 18-year-old has turned down an official approach from the Bulgarian National Team setup, so his focus seems solely with the USMNT at international level.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Yedlin got the start against Norwich last weekend, but after picking up a 52nd-minute yellow card, he was yanked from the game minutes later. Though the move may have been reactionary to the card, Yedlin was heavily criticized by Newcastle supporters for his poor crossing throughout the match. Interestingly enough, the Magpies’ best chance of the game came from the right back’s boot, but that cross to Joelinton proved to be the exception rather to the rule. Newcastle played out to a goalless draw with last-place Norwich City.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
While it had been indicated that Weah has been back in training for some time, that may have been premature as it was reported by the official Lille Twitter account this week that he has just completed his first full week back. Lille have two matches this week but then have a mini-break, and manager Christophe Galtier has implied that he will keep Weah out until after the break, which concludes February 17.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd came on with 15 minutes to play in Besiktas’ 2-1 win over Rizespor this week. The winger was not involved in the winning tally, which came five minutes after his introduction. Boyd did little of note during his time on the field.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Dest was nothing short of brilliant for Ajax this week in a big-time 1-0 win over PSV. Dest was great in the attack and looked sharp at the back too en route to man of the match honors. The 19-year-old should have also won a penalty in the second half when he skipped by a PSV defender in the area and was clipped down, but somehow even with VAR, nothing was given. The right back also had a couple of stinging shots on the day, one which required an acrobatic save from keeper Lars Unnerstall. Extended highlights of his performance can be seen here.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood did not make the Hamburg roster for their 4-1 win over Nurnberg this week. And, in spicier news, it was reported that Wood rejected an offer to transfer to FC Cincinnati. His future is largely up in the air.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes put in another very solid shift for Derby this weekend, providing a beautiful run and assist in a 4-0 thumping of Stoke. Up 1-0 in the first half, Holmes brilliantly turned his man with a deft flick, recollected the ball while shaking off a second defender before driving at the defense, and dished to Chris Martin, who smashed the ball home from short range. The midfielder had a game-high five dribbles in the match and displayed why he should be on Gregg Berhalter’s radar despite being one of the most consistently talked about snubs from the national team.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga picked up an ankle injury against Cardiff on January 25. Initial prognostications had him missing four to six. We will provide updates on the Royals defender as they come in.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
After picking up a red card in the FA Cup last week, Ream was suspended for Fulham’s match this week with Huddersfield Town. The Cottagers picked up a 3-2 win. Ream should be back in the squad next week.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
It wasn’t a good week for Robinson, who saw his dreams of becoming an AC Milan player collapse at the transfer deadline after Wigan said Milan requested more tests after a failed physical and Milan hinted that Wigan asked for more money. Wigan’s official site reported that the clubs had agreed to terms and the player was set to depart before the deal fell through for the aforementioned reasons. On the weekend, Robinson was left out of the Latics side following the failed move and sat in the away end as his side picked up a rare win over second-place Leeds United. Wigan are still in 22nd place but are now only a couple of points from safety.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Earlier, we mentioned a last-second goal scored by Frankfurt against Fortuna Dusseldorf. To be specific, it was Chandler who flung himself onto the end of a header to nod in from close range in the dying seconds as Eintracht salvaged a draw. It was the finishing touch on a man-of-the-match performance from the nominal fullback, currently playing as a right midfielder for a Frankfurt team that’s scuffling in the midtable but is now unbeaten in three.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson came on for the last few seconds of Gladbach’s aforementioned draw with Leipzig. He didn’t touch the ball after entering the field.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
The yellow card Cameron notched in QPR’s match last week against Blackburn was Cameron’s 10th of the season, meaning he is now serving a two-game suspension for accumulation. The first match he missed finished with a 1-0 defeat at Bristol City
Carter-Vickers did indeed leave Spurs on loan once again, joining Championship cellar-dwellers Luton Town until the end of the season. The center back should have plenty of opportunities, as Luton have the worst defensive record in the league by a nine-goal margin. CCV will be counted on to be part of the solution if the Hatters are to stay in the second division.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre was again an unused substitute this week as Fulham defeated Huddersfield 3-2.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj had another disappointing day as Hull were smacked for five in a 5-1 mauling at the hands of Brentford. The right back was tormented all afternoon by Brentford left winger Said Benrahma, who scored a hat trick and was named man of the match.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George played a quiet 90 minutes, again in a 4-2-2-2 formation, and was shown a yellow card as Regensburg lost 2-0 at home to Greuther Fuerth.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
The ankle injury he sustained last week kept Green sidelined for this weekend’s win over Regensburg. There’s no news as to how long the knock will keep the 24-year-old out.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was again an unused substitute as St. Pauli drew 1-1 with Stuttgart.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
For the first time since the very beginning of the season, Soto was brought on this week as a substitute, coming on with Hannover down 1-0 in the 77th minute of a game that surprisingly ended 2-2. He didn’t make a huge impact after coming on, but the striker will hope it’s enough for increased looks over the second half of the campaign.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich was an unused substitute as Frosinone grabbed a second consecutive 1-0 win, this one at home over Virtus Entella.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini too was an unused substitute in a 1-0 win for his side as Caen defeated Chambly.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright played 90 minutes on the wing for Venlo in a 1-1 draw with FC Utrecht. He was involved in his side’s only goal, with his cross handled to concede a penalty that VVV scored.
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Durkin was taken off in the 61st minute with Sint Truiden chasing a 1-0 deficit in a game against Oostende that finished by that same scoreline.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike didn’t make the Kortrijk 18-man squad that beat Standard Liege by a 3-1 margin.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
As usual, Horvath was twice an unused substitute as Brugge kept two clean sheets in a 0-0 draw with Charleroi and a 1-0 win over Antwerp.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Unsurprisingly, Saief was again left out of the Anderlecht squad, which beat Royal Mouscron 1-0.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler is sidelined after undergoing knee surgery in mid-December. The defender is expected to be out until mid-February.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
The Austrian Bundesliga is still on winter break until February 15. Austria Wien sit in seventh place.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Despite an inspiring performance last week, Moore sat as Tenerife beat Sporting Gijon in the Segunda Division this week.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
The Danish Super League is still on its winter break. Nordsjaelland sit seventh in the league.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
The Danish Super League is still on its winter break. Hobro are in 12th place in the league. Cappis took advantage of that winter break by joining the USMNT for its January camp but did not play against Costa Rica, watching the 1-0 win from the bench.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi will join Odense Boldklub (OB) on a free transfer at the end of the season. For now, he’ll spend the rest of the season hoping to help keep Hobro out of relegation trouble.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
The Danish Super League is still on its winter break. Hobro are in 12th place in the league.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Hamalainen logged a full 90 for Kilmarnock in a 3-1 win over Ross County. The left back was partially responsible for Ross County’s only tally when he misjudged a throw from his keeper, running too far forward and allowing an attacker to undercut him and intercept the toss. The ball was then crossed and turned home for the game’s opening tally. His offense picked him up, though, and Kilmarnock left with the points.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster played twice this week for Rangers, first going the distance in a 2-0 midweek win against Ross County before being subbed off for an attacker in the final minutes of a goalless draw with Aberdeen. Polster almost scored a wild goal in the first game when his misplayed cross wrongfooted the keeper, who had to backtrack and nearly carried it into his own net. Rangers sit in second currently, seven points back with a game in hand.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi did not play this week for Panetolikos.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
The Allsvenskan season is over. Malmo finished second. They will face Wolfsburg in the Round of 32.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Hammarby’s season is over. The side finished in third and qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round next year.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann didn’t make the squad this week as St. Gallen secured a huge win over Basel to hang on to first place in the Swiss Super League.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch logged 180 minutes for Sunderland this week, who beat Tranmere 1-0 before losing to Portsmouth 2-0. In positive news, Sunderland fans voted Gooch as the team’s Player of the Month for January.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman was in the right place at the right time for Southend, scoring off a rebounded shot that hit the crossbar. Video of the goal can be seen here starting at 0:25. Southend would go on to claim a stoppage time winner to beat Lincoln City 2-1. Kelman’s is a name being thrown around by big teams, including Tottenham, who reportedly put in a bid for him near the transfer deadline. If Southend drop to League 2, expect the talented striker to move on in the summer.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde came on with 15 minutes to play this week and his side up 3-2. The defender helped see out a win over Burton Albion by the same scoreline.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips was an unused sub this week for Wycombe, who fell 2-0 to MK Dons.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes entered with 30 minutes to play and his side down 1-0, but he couldn’t help move the needle as his side fell to Arbroath.
Dillon Powers (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Powers went the distance in Dundee’s aforementioned loss to Arbroath.
For some notes on players not on our list, highly rated 16-year-old Dante Sealy trained with PSV and scored a goal in a friendly for the U-19 side. He isn’t eligible to move to Europe until he turns 18, but the FC Dallas youth player is one of the top talents in his age group. Another FCD product, Joel Bustamante, has signed with Greuther Fuerth and will join our list below. Lastly, as part of the partnership between Rangers and Orange County SC, OCSC midfielder Francis Jacobs, another highly touted 16-year-old, will be joining Rangers’ U-16 team for a tournament later this month.