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Crystal Palace had transfer howler over John Swift miss

Crystal Palace showed during the previous summer transfer window that they can be rather active in the market when it comes to bringing new players to the club and moving some out the other way.

While the previous January window wasn’t as busy as the summer period was, one potential deal that the Eagles were mentioned with that they may now be regretting is one for Reading midfielder John Swift.

He had reportedly caught the interest of the south London club as well as fellow Premier League sides Wolves, Burnley and Norwich City. For any team wanting to acquire his services, it was a thought a fee in the region of £20m would have been enough. However, with his contract up at the end of the season, he will become a free agent.

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Since joining the Championship club back in 2016 from Chelsea’s U23 side, the 26-year-old, who has been described as a “super-talented” player by Veljko Paunovic, has gone on to make 198 appearances for the club across all competitions in which he has managed to score 34 goals and provide 38 assists along the way.

This season has seen the Englishman show why just so many top-flight clubs were interested in him as he’s scored 11 goals and delivered 13 assists in 34 league appearances, earning himself an overall performance rating of 7.16, making him the highest-rated player in Reading’s squad according to WhoScored. That would also make him the second-highest rated Palace player by the same metric.

Looking closer at Swift’s attacking talent, the midfielder has racked up more shots on target (28) and crosses (184) than any of his teammates this season.

With Palace securing a deal for midfielder Will Hughes back in the summer, who has only provided one assist in 12 league games for his new side in the Premier League, earning himself a lowly overall performance rating of just 6.51 from WhoScored, it’s safe to say that they may have been better off forgetting about the former Watford figure and instead focusing their attention on bringing Swift to Selhurst Park instead.

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Taking into account what the Reading star has done for his team in an attacking sense this season and the fact that Patrick Vieira’s side have struggled to score goals in certain league games this campaign, Steve Parish made a hefty blunder by not securing Swift’s signature in January.

Moving forward, if the Eagles don’t manage to finish in the top half of the table, they should definitely consider reigniting their interest in the midfield maestro to see if he can replicate the same sort of attacking form at Selhurst Park as he has been showing this season.

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