With the January transfer window open, countless players are moving to new clubs. Here are five Americans in need of a January transfer or loan to rejuvenate their careers.
Aron Johannsson has struggled with injuries since 2014, but appears to finally be healthy. Despite Werder Bremen’s anemic attack (13 goals in 17 games), Johannsson hasn’t been given an opportunity to prove himself this season. He has played 10 minutes in all competitions. It is unclear if he is the same player he once was, but what is apparent is that he must seek a new club if hopes to play regularly Johannsson should consider moving to a 2. Bundesliga, MLS, or Eredivisie side.
Hyndman thrived on loan with Scottish powerhouse Rangers during the second half of last season, but has only recorded 93 minutes in all competitions this season for Bournemouth. He is one of many talented young American central midfielders and if he can feature consistently on the club level he could very well be a part of the USMNT for many years to come. Hyndman should seek a loan move to a Scottish Premier League or English Championship side.
Zardes is a talented player, but has failed to live up to his potential. He struggled mightily for the LA Galaxy this past season with just 3 goals and 2 assists in 24 MLS appearances. At 26, Zardes should be in the prime of his career and while it remains a longshot he still could end up on the U.S. 2020 World Cup squad. Reports have linked him with several different sides including the Columbus Crew and Minnesota United.
Horvath has only been with Club Brugge for a year, but is in desperate need of a loan. After starting the season as the team’s #1 goalkeeper, several subpar performances led to him being benched in October. He has not been named to Club Brugge’s matchday roster since November. With the team recently acquiring Russian goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, Horvath’s seems to have no chance to regain the starting job this season. Ideally, Horvath should go on loan for the rest of the season to a fellow Belgian Juplier league side or a Danish team.
Josh Perez is a highly touted 19 year old U.S. youth national team player and is the nephew of former USMNT midfielder Hugo Perez. Josh Perez is currently on loan to Serie C leaders Livorno from Fiorentina. He has featured sparingly for Livorno, playing only 279 minutes in 13 substitute appearances. Perez needs more match experience in order to further his development. His best options would be to go on loan to another Serie C side or return to play for Fiorentina’s U-19 team, which he made many appearances for last season.