Wolverhampton Wanderers are plotting a surprise move to bring versatile midfielder John Swift to Molineux.
In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, the Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield discussed Wolves’ recent links with a move for the Reading midfielder, claiming that the Premier League side would be breaking their transfer policy by signing the Championship star.
Speaking about the club’s links with the 26-year-old, Hatfield said: “The only thing you’d say in terms of Wolves’ transfer policy is you don’t see them too often plucking a name out of the Championship or British football in general, do you? It’s normally a player which you’ve not heard too much about – but the stats don’t lie with John Swift, do they?”
Considering just how impressive Swift has been for Reading in recent seasons, in addition to the fact that Bruno Lage currently lacks significant depth in both central and attacking midfield in his first-team squad, a move for the former England U21 international would certainly appear to be a wise one by Jeff Shi.
Indeed, over his 11 Championship appearances this season, the £3.6m-rated man has wowed the Madejski with his astonishing returns, having already scored seven goals, registered five assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.1 shots and making a whopping 2.7 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the player Veljko Paunovic dubbed “super talented” average a rather astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.62, not only ranking him as the Royals’ best performer in the second tier but also as the best player in the entirety of the league.
As such, while Hatfield’s claim that a move for Swift would be diverting from Wolves’ recent transfer policy of signing lesser-known foreign talents – with the club’s most recent domestic signing, aside from free transfers, being Benik Afobe back in 2018 – is indeed correct, the journalist’s further statement that the stats don’t lie with Swift also rings true.
So, when taking into account the fact that the 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and with goals from Lage’s midfielders having been severely lacking so far this season, a move for Swift would appear to make sense on a number of levels for Wolves.