The 26-year-old has been firing on all cylinders for the Royals this term, playing a key part in keeping the second-tier side away from the relegation zone and arguably being the key reason why his current side haven’t dropped down to the third tier following a difficult campaign.
Unfortunately for the Berkshire side though, his contract at the Select Car Leasing Stadium expires in the summer and there hasn’t been any shortage of interest in his signature so far this season.
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Football League World revealed last year that Premier League quartet Burnley, Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all interested in recruiting the midfielder with Leeds United also being linked with a move.
The fact he will be available for free will put Swift in the Baggies’ price range though – and in his quest to play regular football – he may decide his future is best served in the West Midlands.
Ahead of this potential move to The Hawthorns, we have analysed his 2021/22 statistics in-depth as we judge how good this signing would be for Steve Bruce’s men.
The figures that stand out the most are his goalscoring contributions this term, recording 11 goals and 13 assists in 38 league matches this term and as previously mentioned, this has been vital in keeping the Royals afloat in the division.
Some of his most important moments aren’t even in this tally though, because he played an integral part in recent goals against Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley either side of the international break and that just sums up how crucial he has been to the cause this season after spending much of the last campaign sidelined with injury troubles.
A few of those 11 goals have come through set-pieces, proving to be a real threat from free-kicks and even tucking a couple of penalties away this term and having this dead-ball specialist can only help the Baggies if they can get a deal over the line for him.
And his ball retention skills shouldn’t go under the radar either, managing to execute 84.7% of his total passes this season and perhaps just as impressively, he has completed 65.1% of his long passes.
This just shows how precise he can be even when playing riskier balls, also completing 55.5% of his dribbles which can only help when Albion are in desperate need of retaining possession.
Some would argue his versatility will be a real asset for them to have too – but he is undoubtedly suited to a more advanced midfield role as opposed to a deeper position in the middle of the park, even though he has come out on top in 58% of his defensive duels.
When looking at the bigger picture, he has won just 41% of his total duels and this may not be a sufficient figure for a side that will want to be extremely strong in the middle of the park.
There can be questions regarding Alex Mowatt and Jake Livermore’s performance levels this season – but their main area for improvement has to be in the final third and this is where Swift can provide the quality needed to improve their attacking record.