West Bromwich Albion signed John Swift on a free transfer from Reading this summer, finally addressing the lack of goals and creativity from Matheus Pereira’s exit in 2021.
West Brom were 17th in the Championship for goals (52) and only had one player who scored more than seven league goals this campaign, so Swift was a necessary signing for next season’s promotion push.
The 26-year-old scored 11 goals with 13 assists from 38 Championship games last season, so he’s the ideal player make West Brom a greater attacking threat.
Nigel Quashie agrees and believes Swift will shine at West Brom as he’s a hard-working player with the right attitude. He told Football League World: “You need that number ten/number eight that can really contribute goals and assists, but I don’t think Albion had that last year.
“I hope John Swift comes in and does really well. He has come from a good upbringing. He was at Chelsea as a youngster. He has gone on to Reading and played really well. Every time I’ve seen him I’ve been really impressed with him. His energy levels are good. He gets around the park well.”
Swift’s creativity is what West Brom have needed for the longest time, but his ability to cover every blade of grass (62/106 successful dribbles) will mean Albion have a central player who can turn defence into attack.
The perfect playmaker can split defences with his passing and also beat a man himself, so can Swift fill Pereira shoes?