West Brom reporter for The Athletic Steve Madeley, has given a 10-word update on the club’s pursuit to secure a deal for Swift this summer.
In an article for The Athletic summarising the Baggies transfer plans, the journalist revealed:
“West Brom are firmly in the running for John Swift.”
The report goes on to say that Reading have attempted to extend the future of their player but have been unsuccessful so far.
Swift has been one of the best creators in the Championship this season and has clearly caught the eye of the powers at The Hawthorns and when you consider his attacking output this season supporters will surely be excited about the potential signing.
The 26-year-old midfielder has scored 11 goals and contributed 13 assists, creating ten big chances, making 2.7 key passes and 2.1 shots on average per game.
He’s also successful in the majority of his dribbles (58%) and averages an astonishing 66.8 touches per game, proving he could be a massive attacking threat for Steve Bruce’s side.
The Baggies have struggled this season after failing to secure a chance at promotion back into the Premier League this season finishing tenth in the Championship and sacking their manager Valerien Ismael to replace him with Steve Bruce, who will now work to rebuild and challenge for promotion again next season.
One of West Brom’s biggest issues this season has been an inability to convert their chances scoring fewer goals (52) than eight of the teams that finished above them in the Championship table, and if they want to compete next season it is clearly an area that Bruce needs to improve to have a shot at promotion.
With that being said, if Albion could secure the signing of Swift this summer it could drastically improve the team and add a fresh attacking perspective that the side is crying out for to give them a better chance and outcome in their efforts to climb the table in their second season in the second tier.