Bruno Lage’s first few months in the dugout at Wolverhampton Wanderers have hardly been plain sailing.
The Old Gold have only won three of their opening seven matches in the Premier League and they struggled to land some of their primary targets in the summer.
The climax to Wolves’ transfer window bordered on calamitous.
Lage and Fosun had been patient about their business for the vast majority of the window, knowing they had little in the coffers to spend after such vast sums were spent in 2020.
A move for Sanches may well be revisited in January but it’s another midfielder who must now be at the height of their priorities.
One report claims that Wolves are interested in signing Championship star John Swift.
The midfielder has been sensational for Reading in recent years and has started the 2021/22 campaign in a rich vein of form.
Wolves have an interesting association when it comes to Reading. There have been several players to pen terms with the Royals and at Molineux, ranging from the likes of Adam Le Fondre to Steven Hunt and Marcus Hahnemann.
However, one of the most successful acquisitions from Reading was definitely Kevin Doyle.
He was a valuable servant for the Old Gold, scoring 34 goals for them during a six-year period.
Doyle wasn’t the most lethal of forwards but he still played a crucial role during their venture into the Premier League 11 years ago.
Whether or not he was worth the price tag is a tricky question but a player who certainly would be is Swift.
Like Doyle, he’s had a hugely successful time in Berkshire and Wolves could replicate the success of that aforementioned deal in January.
The 26-year-old is now in the prime of his career and is becoming better as the weeks and months pass by.
He has scored 30 goals for Reading down the years and it’s in the last few terms where he’s really taken his game to the next level.
Last season was one marred by injury but he’s bounced back excellently in 2021/22, netting seven times and claiming five assists in just 11 outings.
He has been doing that in the Championship but it proves why Wolves must move for him this winter. Swift doesn’t just beat the goalkeeper but he also knows how to defeat a defensive line with his immense creativity.
Doyle joined Wolves and had a relatively successful spell but Swift will be hoping to do that and more.