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Update On Leeds United’s Pursuit Of This Championship Midfielder: What Should Be Bielsa’s Play?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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LeedsLive recently offered an update on Leeds United’s pursuit of Reading midfielder John Swift. It has been claimed that the Whites have currently got no plans to move in for the English playmaker, who also doesn’t see himself joining another club in January.

Swift’s Impressive Numbers In English Football This Season

Swift is having a terrific campaign with the Royals after producing a string of productive displays for them from midfield. The 26-year-old has registered eight goals and nine assists in 21 matches for his current employers this season across all competitions.

The Portsmouth-born talent has been a consistent performer at the heart of Reading’s midfield as he is averaging 2.0 shots, 3.0 key passes, 1.6 crosses and 1.9 dribbles per game in the EFL Championship. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from midfield, based on his pass success rate of 83.7% in the English second division (stats via whoscored).

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READING, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: John Swift of Reading runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and AFC Bournemouth at Madejski Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Reading, England. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)
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What Should Be Leeds United Boss Marcelo Bielsa’s Play With Regards To Swift?

Swift has proven himself to be a great goal-scoring midfielder in the EFL Championship this season. The English sensation has scored and created his fair share of goals from midfield as he can get himself into some dangerous areas in the attacking end of the pitch.

The 26-year-old can even whip in a few inviting crosses into the opponent’s penalty area. However, he is yet to prove himself at the highest level, so the jury is still out on whether he can maintain his numbers in the Premier League.

Swift has just got over six months left to run in his Reading contract. Hence, Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa would be wise to change his stance on the Championship star as they could potentially land him for a cut-price fee when the transfer window commences at the start of 2022.

At 26, Swift is playing some of his best football at the Madejski Stadium this season. Hence, there is no doubt that he would have added more goals and creativity to Leeds United‘s midfield. More importantly, he could have even helped the Yorkshire giants steer clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone in the second half of this campaign. Thus, Bielsa should consider making a move to secure Swift’s services this winter.

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