It is fair to say that Leeds United have been completely transformed by Marcelo Bielsa since the Argentine’s arrival last summer.
After fading away from play-off contention at the end of the previous campaign, the Whites are showing no signs of slowing down this year and are in a superb position to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League. If they secure a top-two finish in May, Bielsa will be looking to bolster his squad in the summer and so it is not surprising that they have already been linked with a move for Reading midfielder John Swift.
According to Football Insider, Leeds are currently monitoring the England Under-21 international’s situation at the Madejski Stadium ahead of a possible £7m swoop in the upcoming transfer window.
Keeping this in mind, let’s compare Swift to one of the club’s other midfielders…
A key player for Reading, John Swift has developed into a promising player since moving to Berkshire in 2016 from Chelsea. During his first permanent season at the club, he helped the Royals reach the play-off final where they were beaten on penalties by Huddersfield Town.
Since this defeat, it is fair to say that despite the individual talent demonstrated by Swift, Reading have unfortunately gone backwards as a club and now find themselves in real danger of being relegated to League One this season. If this is the case, the marauding midfielder might have to consider planning a future elsewhere as he is far too good to be playing in the third tier.
TT GRADE: B+
After joining the club in January 2018 for a fee reported to be in the region of £2m (via Sky Sports), Forshaw has experienced a frustrating start to his Elland Road career as a number of injury issues have prevented him from holding down a regular position in the Leeds side.
Despite being a force to be reckoned with when at his very best, the midfielder has been far too sporadic when he has featured for Bielsa’s side and may struggle to make the step up if the Whites do indeed get promoted at the end of the season
TT GRADE: C-
Regardless on whether Leeds are in the Premier League or the Championship next season, Bielsa should really consider bringing in Swift as more competition for midfield places could benefit the club.
If Reading cannot avoid the drop under manager Jose Manual Gomes, the 23-year-old may need to move to Elland Road for the sake of his career as he clearly has the potential to thrive at a higher level in the future.
When compared to Forshaw this season, Swift has scored more goals (4) and produced more assists (3) despite playing in a struggling side and therefore it is clear that it would be an upgrade for the Whites if they can secure his services in the summer.
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