He would be quite the addition, wouldn’t he? Whether Leeds United go up to the Premier League or not this season, it is clear they need to bolster their strength in depth across the pitch to have the quality to challenge consistently, yet keep the side fresh over the course of the season.
In midfield, United have struggled at times for numbers when injuries have hit the side hard, meaning Marcelo Bielsa has been forced to bring some youthful players into the fold to make up for the lack of strength in depth.
For next season, that must change wherever United finish, even more so if automatic promotion to the Premier League is gained.
To build on the current crop of talent, one player Victor Orta should target is Reading’s midfield maestro: John Swift. According to FootballInsider, they are doing so as United are reportedly preparing a £7m bid for Swift as it said that the White’s are ready to test Reading’s resolve to hang onto Swift with an offer in the upcoming window.
Of course, Tyler Roberts may not be too pleased about Swift’s potential arrival as he’s made the attacking midfield role his own this season, but a playmaker is definitely needed in the summer.
Swift also fits Bielsa’s playstyle to a tee. The 23-year-old’s movement in the final third is fantastic as he regularly attacks the front post or halts back when receiving wide balls, which will come in handy given that there is such a heavy emphasis on utilising the wingers.
His ability to create chances and finish in and around the box is also impressive too. He has netted five goals and assisted three times this season, which is not even one of his best seasons in comparison to a few years ago that just shows with the right guidance and support, he can improve even further at his tender age.
United have been crying out for more depth and Swift offers that. Considering the fee too, it is a price worth paying for someone of his quality.
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