Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams was deployed at right wing back for Leipzig this week in a tough 2-0 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt. Adams nearly scored in the first half, which Leipzig dominated, but he couldn’t get on the end of a bouncing rebound that flew by him and momentarily away from danger. Adams wasn’t responsible for the first concession, though it was a cross from Eintracht’s left flank but three other teammates in the area could have stopped the ball before it was
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks was an unused sub for Wolfsburg, who fell 2-1 to his old side, Hertha Berlin.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Though he wasn’t expected to be back until February, McKennie returned to action for Schalke this week, coming on with 10 minutes to play and his side already down 4-0 in an eventual five-goal loss to Bayern Munich. McKennie was quoted as saying he will be playing with a splint in his shoulder for the next month or two. As to be expected in the schellaking, the midfielder did little of note in his 10 minutes on the pitch.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales was in the heart of the Dusseldorf lineup, logging a full shift in a 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. The central midfielder was quiet for much of the match and had little to show on the stat sheet besides a few aerial wins. Dusseldorf had just 33 percent possession, so it was hard for Morales to get anything going forward, but he was not responsible for any of the three tallies.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen again missed Dusseldorf’s match this week with a knee injury. It’s unclear how serious the knock is, but Duessldorf are keen to get him back as soon as possible, with their sporting director quoted this week saying Steffen has a chance to become one of the best keepers in the game.
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Following his much-discussed debut last week, the 17-year-old Reyna jumps into our List after again seeing action for Dortmund this week, albeit only for a few minutes as he came on just before stoppage time and his side up 5-1 in a dominant win over Koln. Reyna seeing the pitch at all is a good sign, and after debuting as the fifth-youngest player in Bundesliga history, the sky is the limit for the highly rated attacking midfielder.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent was completely shut out this week in 66 minutes of action for Werder in a 3-0 loss to Hoffenheim. What’s more concerning is that the forward was immediately removed in a double switch just after Werder conceded their first goal. The forward won four aerials on the day, but he failed to record a shot despite Werder actually winning the possession battle and playing solidly in the first half. Still, Bremen sit in 16th place, the relegation playoff spot, so they need Sargent to start getting and taking chances in the box.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
As expected, Pulisic missed both of Chelsea’s matches this week, a 2-2 draw with Arsenal and a 2-1 FA Cup win over Hull City. However, in good news, Frank Lampard has said there is a chance he plays this upcoming weekend against Leicester, which would mark a return a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)
Vassilev also jumps into our list this week. The striker came on in the 77th minute, and what would you know, Villa scored a winner at the deaths to beat Watford 2-1. The 18-year-old was not involved in the tally, but it has to be said it’s a positive sign that manager Dean Smith, who only used two of his three subs, is comfortable bringing on the youngster in critical situations. Vassilev did little of note during his minutes, but he continues to garner praise for his effort. However, Vassilev will be demoted back to a role on the edge of the matchday squad as Villa acquired a new striker, Mbwana Samatta, who started his first game and forced Vassilev out of the 18-man squad for their epic 2-1 win over Leicester, with the winner coming deep into stoppage time and sending them into the League Cup final.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
After sitting due to injury, Yedlin returned on the weekend as Newcastle played to a goalless FA Cup draw with Oxford United. The right back created a couple of chances in a match that the Magpies dominated, first skying for a header at the midfield line that sprung a chance early in the match and then blocking a clearance late that deflected wildly to Joelinton, who put the ball in the net only to be properly judged offsides. Newcastle now have to face a replay with Oxford at their ground but still hold the advantage to go through, being the much more talented side.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
We know Weah is back in training with Lille, but there’s still no indication as to when he will be back on the field. Lille fell 2-0 to PSG on the weekend.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd sat during the midweek as Besiktas lost to second-tier Erzurum BB in the Cup by the same 3-2 for a second straight week, going out 6-4 on aggregate. He then got a rare appearance in the league on the weekend, starting and logging 68 minutes before being pulled in a 2-1 loss to Goztepe. This was following the sacking of the club’s manager, so there’s some hope that he could earn some looks after a display that was reportedly viewed as much better by Besiktas fans. According to this Turkish article, Boyd is potentially being shopped to 11th-place Caykur Rizespor, but nothing has happened yet, and he may still get another opportunity in the coming weeks.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Dest started twice this week for Ajax, recording an assist in the former, which was a blowout 7-0 KNVB Cup win over third-tier Spakenburg FC. Video of that is proving elusive, but it should also be noted that Dest would have had a second in two matches on the weekend if it wasn’t for Ryan Babel whiffing completely on a wide open net. The miss hurt, too, as Ajax fell 2-1 to Groningen, shrinking their Eredivisie lead to three points. Dest passed at a 94 percent clip in that match but was dispossessed a game-high five times, which is dangerous for a defender. Though he wasn’t directly responsible for either tally, Dest was out of position on Groningen’s second, causing a midfielder to mark a run down the line that was ultimately squared for the winning tally.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Horvath sat from the bench through a pair of draws this week, 1-1 in the cup with Zulte Waregem and 2-2 in the league with Kortrijk. Horvath hasn’t played since September, and though he is part of the USMNT setup, that isn’t enough to keep him in the List, so we will be moving him to the Others section next week.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
The 2. Bundesliga is still on its winter break. Hamburg sit in second place, three points off the top. Wood may be on the move, with FC Cincinnati reportedly interested in purchasing the want-away striker from the German club, for whom he’s seen very sporadic minutes this season.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
After we raved about Holmes’ rise in the Derby squad last week, naturally, he was left out of the team for their FA Cup draw with Northampton, watching the goalless affair from the bench. That was probably just to rest him against the League Two side as Holmes was back in the center of the park Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to Luton, which ended a lengthy unbeaten run for the Rams. Holmes produced in the match, too, providing an assist to none other than Wayne Rooney with a two-yard effort that led to a Rooney shot that deflected into the air and found the net. Holmes was pulled later with his side down 2-1 after 80 minutes, and though Derby snatched an equalizer in the 85th minute, one minute later, they lost grip of the point via an own goal.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Reading played three matches this week, but Miazga only logged minutes in one, and worse, he was
Tim Ream (Fulham)
It was an up and down week for Ream, to say the least. On one hand, his defense held strong against Charlton in a goalless draw in the midweek, but he took a brutal sixth-minute red card against Manchester City in the FA Cup on the weekend, handing City a penalty in the process and essentially killing off the game before it got going. Ream took the card by dragging down Gabriel Jesus in the area in a situation in which it probably would have been best to let the striker score rather than concede the red and penalty. Ream made no play on the ball, so he was correctly subjected to a sending off instead of a caution. City converted the penalty en route to a routine 4-0 win.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
In Wigan’s first game since January 11, Robinson went the distance for the Latics in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, which came thanks to a very late winner. Robinson was quiet on the day, doing a little of everything on the stat sheet but nothing too noteworthy. In more pressing matters, Robinson’s potential move to AC Milan seems to have stalled and is dependent on the Italian club’s pending sale of left back Ricardo Rodriguez. It’s still possible with a couple of days left in the window and would be a wild move, one of the strangest for a USMNT player ever.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Chandler went 88 minutes in Eintracht’s upset win over RB Leipzig. The right winger did very little of note and barely filled that stat sheet but still helped his side to victory.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
In a similar vein, Johnson too was removed just before stoppage time, coming out in the 87th minute of a 3-1 win over Mainz. Johnson won a couple of tackles and passed at a 79 percent clip on the day.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron was an unused sub for QPR in their 2-1 FA Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday. On Tuesday, he went the distance in
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur -> returned from loan)
As seemingly every transfer window, CCV’s status is up in the air. After returning to Spurs from a failed first half loan with Stoke, it has been reported that multiple clubs are trying to sign the defender for the second half of the season. Where will CCV end up? We should know in a few days’ time, but the 22-year-old staying at Spurs seems highly unlikely.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre was twice an unused sub this week. Fulham drew Charlton in the Championship and lost to Manchester City in the league.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Licahj went the distance for Hull, who held their own against Chelsea but ultimately fell 2-1 in the FA Cup. The captain let his team down a bit when he put in a nasty and potentially unnecessary challenge on Mason Mount that led to a free kick and Chelsea’s second goal. Lichaj also received a yellow card for the tackle. Still, it was a solid performance at the back from Hull, who could have earned a result on another day. On Tuesday, Lichaj logged a full 90 minutes in a highly disappointing 2-1 loss to Huddersfield, with the winner coming in the 96th minute for the visiting outfit.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George played all but the closing seconds for Regensburg in a 1-0 win over Hannover. Deployed as a midfielder in a 4-2-2-2, George was subbed out late to presumably kill time and see out the 1-0 result.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green and Greuther returned from winter break on Tuesday, and it wasn’t a good day for Green to say the least. According to reports, he put in a challenge in the 33rd minute, and on top of receiving a yellow card, he injured his ankle and had to be removed. It’s too early to know how serious the injury is. Fuerth would go on to beat St. Pauli 3-0.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was an unused sub for St. Pauli in their loss to Green’s side.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto did not appear for Hannover in their aforementioned loss to Regensburg, watching the match from the bench.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich went the distance for Frosinone in a 1-0 win over Ascoli. Frosinone sit fifth, and although they have no chance to catch leaders Benevento, who are 19 points ahead, they are only four points out of second place in a tight race for automatic promotion spots.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini started and went 80 minutes before being yanked in a 1-0 loss to Ajaccio. It was his eighth start and 11th appearance for the side this year as he has become a regular selection for the struggling Ligue 2 club.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright was an unused sub for VVV in a 2-1 loss to RKC Waalwijk.
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Our newest addition to the Others section, Durkin went 77 minutes for Sint-Truidense in a 3-1 win over Mouscron. It was the midfielder’s seventh appearance for the STVV senior side this season.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike did not play in either of Kortrijk’s draws this week, against Antwerp in the Belgian Cup and against Brugge in the league.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was unsurprisingly left out of the Anderlecht squad, which beat Cercle Brugge 2-1.
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. Austria Wien sit in seventh place.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore has played three times this week, starting and going the distance in a 2-1 Copa del Rey win over Valladolid and subbing on in the 56th minute of a scoreless league draw with Las Palmas before an eventful evening Tuesday in a Copa del Rey Round of 16 defeat to Athletic Bilbao. Moore was his reportedly side’s brightest player and was the man responsible for Bilbao’s keeper being sent off, but he later missed the final penalty in the shootout as Bilbao advanced to the quarterfinals following a 3-3 draw. The 23-year-old is fully cementing his spot in the Tenerife side as the season’s second half kicks into gear.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
The Danish Super League is still on its winter break. Nordsjaelland sit seventh in the league. Amon looks set to finally return to action in a friendly next week against CSKA Moscow having played less than a half of football this season due to injury.
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 and is set to play against Costa Rica this weekend.
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. He scored a fantastic free kick in a friendly this week, so the winger looks ready to resume his quest for the 12th place side.
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 went the distance twice this week in a pair of losses, 3-1 to Celtic and 2-1 to St. Johnstone. Those defeats make it seven league failures in a row and nine games without a win, a run that’s season the side fall to eighth and the heat of a relegation fight.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
After not making the side that beat St. Mirren 1-0, Polster was on the Rangers bench against bottom side Hearts and was surprisingly brought on at the break with the game scoreless. Playing as a right back, Polster was solid overall, though his side went on to concede twice from a winning position to lose 2-1 (he wasn’t involved in any of the goals). Following previous reports that he might leave the club in search of playing time, there are now reports that Steven Gerrard has changed his mind and could even hand the 26-year-old his first start in a Rangers shirt this week against Ross County.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi remains out of the Panetolikos squad. His side earned four points from its two games this week, bringing their total to 13 points on the season (they aren’t in last, though, due to another side having points deducted).
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
The Allsvenskan season is over. Malmo finished second. They will face Wolfsburg in the Round of 32. There are rumors that Gall could be on his way out of the club, but nothing is certain yet.
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 wasn’t in the 18-man squad as St. Gallen began their second half with a 3-1 win over Lugano. There’s no reported reason for his absence, so the situation is one to watch.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch went the distance again for Sunderland, but he wasn’t able to keep his hot streak going in a scoreless draw with Doncaster.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Southend’s weekend game was cancelled, but Kelman was in the starting XI and went the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Doncaster. It wasn’t the 18-year-old striker’s best game, as he had just one target on the match, but a second straight start is still a big sign of progress, as his first full match at senior level since September.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde came off in stoppage time of Rotherham’s 2-1 defeat to Peterborough before coming on the final minute of normal time in their midweek 1-0 victory over Ipswich. The Millers jumped back over Ipswich and into a tie atop the table with that victory.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Following his sending off last week, Phillips was suspended for Wycombe’s 2-1 win over Blackpool. Wycombe are joint-level with Rotherham atop League 1.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes played 90 minutes in the center of Dundee United’s midfield as the side nabbed a stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Greenock Morton before playing 66 minutes in a 4-2 Scottish Cup defeat to Hibernian.
Dillon Powers (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Powers, the final new addition to our list, started and went the distance in each of Dundee United’s two matches. The side remains comfortably on top of the Championship table.
Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Quincy Butler (Hoffenheim, Bundesliga)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Niklas Dossmann (Mainz, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Mike Grimm (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Maurice Malone (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Matthew Hoppe (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Noah Jones (RB Leipzig, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Tom Kanowski (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (Koln, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Leon Flach (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Sidney Friede (Wehen Wiesbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Giona Leibold (Wehen Wiesbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Roberto Hategan (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Tyler Taber (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher, 2. Bundesliga)
Stuart Ritchie (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Travian Sousa (Hamburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Timothy Tillman (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Justin Butler (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Jalen Hawkins (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Oliver Larraz (Duisburg, 3. Liga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Ivan Jara (Crystal Palace, Premier League)
Chituru Odunze (Leicester City, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolves, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Kyle Scott (Newcastle, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham, Premier League)
Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich, Premier League)
Iffy Udanoh (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Ethan Wady (Chelsea, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Damian Las (Fulham, Championship)
Augustus McGiff (Reading, Championship)
Vaughn Covil (Forest Green Rovers, League 2)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, Segunda Division)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Sam Shashoua (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Leo Sepuvleda (Salamanca, Segunda Division B)
Kevin Bright (AC Milan, Serie A)
Matteo Carbone (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Luca Lewis (Torino, Serie A)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Kaile Auvray (Lille, Ligue 1)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Johan Gomez (Porto, Primeira Liga)
Patrick Leal (Sporting, Primeira Liga)
Jamie Dunning (Sparta Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Chris Gloster (PSV, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Alex Mendez (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Joshua Pynadath (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Coby Sultan (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Julian Anderson (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Kevin Silva (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Jacob Samnik (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Aydan Bowers (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Jeremy Rafanello (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Isaiah Young (Union St. Gilloise, Belgian First Division B, on loan from Werder Bremen)
Raphael Iacovelli (FC Lugano, Swiss Super League)