John Swift on Leeds United and Newcastle United’s radar
Newcastle United and Leeds United have reportedly set their sights on Reading FC star midfielder John Swift ahead of a possible move in January.
According to The star, Newcastle United and Leeds are part of several Premier League sides following in the footsteps of league midfielder John Swift after his early season exploits and are keeping a close eye on the player’s contractual situation at Reading FC.
After spending his formative years in the youth ranks at Chelsea, Swift only made one senior outing for the Blues and was loaned to several lower-tier teams. But it was during his time at Brentford that he really made an impression in senior football. He has scored seven goals in 28 appearances, enough to allow him to move from Chelsea to Reading for good.
Swift is currently in his sixth season with the Royals and he has proven himself over the years. In total, he has scored 31 goals and assisted 31 more out of 178 appearances in all competitions for the Berkshire outfit.
The 26-year-old has been on electric form for the Royals this campaign, scoring eight goals and providing six assists in just 14 appearances. His stylish displays haven’t gone unnoticed, with reports suggesting that a multitude of Premier League clubs, including Newcastle and Leeds, are following his progress in hopes of making a step for him in the next transfer window.
Earlier this month, Newcastle was said to be intensively researching Swift to bolster their midfield options after a shaky start to the season that saw them fall into the Premier League relegation zone. However, following their Saudi-backed takeover, they were linked with various high-profile signings in January for their survival offer.
With Jonjo Shelvey and Jeff Hendrick struggling for consistency and Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff better suited to defensive midfielder duties, the Magpies could arguably do with someone of Swift’s and box-to-box ability. Joe Willock’s summer arrival failed to emulate his late-season burst of form while on loan last season. Swift just might turn out to be one of those influential and crafty signings that would propel them up the rankings and start a turnaround.
As for Leeds, they have wanted to sign a new central midfielder for some time, but have yet to add to their midfielder roster. With Mateusz Klich, Stuart Dallas, Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo largely underperforming in the top flight this season, having scored just two goals between them, the White engine room needs a new face to challenge the quartet.
There may be some skepticism about Swift’s ability to translate his form at the highest level, but he has shown signs of being able enough to take this step. Additionally, the midfielder’s Reading contract expires in June 2022, which means he could be available cheaply in January or for free next summer. This makes him an attractive proposition.
With a number of top clubs competing for Swift’s signing, it would be interesting to see where the 26-year-old lands come from in January.