AMERICANS ON THE MOVE
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gboly Ariyibi are just a few of the names among the Americans in Europe making moves during the month-long winter transfer window.
The winter transfer window is a period for teams at the top of their leagues to make minor adjustments to make that final push for titles heading into May while others at or near the bottom of the standings look to get all the help they can get to ensure their survival.
While most of the talk this transfer window has centered around Alexis Sanchez's impending move to either of the Manchester teams or Chelsea and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's possible move to Arsenal, there have been a few Americans among the group making moves.
Atop of the list in young defender Cameron Carter-Vickers who has been recalled by Tottenham Hotspur from his loan to English Championship team Sheffield United. The 20-year-old was sent to the Blades in August last year in order to gain first team experience. It paid off as he played in 17 games while scoring a goal.
Spurs staff have said recalling Carter-Vickers to the team is more about his development, but it would not be much of a surprise if he were to be played in some games against teams near the bottom of the Premier League standings.
Down in the Championship, Gboly Ariyibi has also been recalled as Nottingham Forest ended the player's loan to League One team Milton Keynes Dons. He did not disappoint during his time with the team as he scored seven goals in 28 games.
According to reports, the 22-year-old winger could have the chance of playing for the first team this season. Forest could do with a bit of a shakeup to their team. Despite the big upset win over Arsenal in the FA Cup, they sit in the middle of the standings with 32 points from 27 games.
One player that will not be on the move this winter is Gedion Zelalem. While he continues to work his way back to playing shape following his ACL tear last May, Arsenal have decided not to send the midfielder out on loan so he can focus on his rehab.
In Germany, not much has been heard about Joel Sonora as he continued to toil away playing with VfB Stuttgart's reserve team. However, it looks like he could have more first team opportunities in Argentina as it was announced the midfielder has been sent out on a year-long loan to Talleres de Cordoba.
The 21-year-old midfielder is no stranger to Argentine soccer as he spent several years with the youth academy at Boca Juniors. Talleres currently sit in fourth place in the Primera Division standings with 21 points.
In Belgium, Kenny Saief may have returned from injury to play some games for Gent last year, but for the second half of the season he will make a step up as he has been loaned to perennial title chasers Anderlecht. The team currently sit in fourth place in the standings and will be looking to solidify their place in the championship playoffs later in the season.
Lastly, it looks like Rubio Rubin's time in Europe will come to an end as it has been reported that he is currently in talks with making a move to Major League Soccer. The 21-year-old forward was on an upward trajectory when he signed with Dutch Eredivisie team FC Utrecht, but injuries hampered his development.
After stints with Silkeborg in Denmark and Stabaek in Norway, it appears his only option for playing is back stateside. According to reports, Los Angeles FC and Toronto FC are among the teams that have interest in signing the free agent. There is also talk of teams in Liga MX showing intertest.