John Swift has been a saving grace for Reading this season and despite his team’s fortunes, he’s asserting himself up near the top of the passing stats in the league.
After parting ways with manager Jose Manuel Gomes this week, Reading face a huge decision on who they bring into the Madejski Stadium. 22nd in the Championship and without a win since August, Gomes has set the club en route to relegation to League One.
Their form progressively worsened towards the end of his tenure, which was widely anticipated going into the international break with Reading in the drop zone.
Tensions at the club were evident, but one player who’s managed to shine in blue and white is John Swift.
The midfielder has somehow been one of the league’s most creative players this season in one of the league’s worst-performing teams.
He’s started all but one of Reading’s games in the Championship this season, bagging himself two goals and creating four – Swift has the joint-most amount of assists in the Championship this season.
Another stat that show’s his quality is that he’s made on average 3.6 key passes per game this season – more than any other player in the league:
The 24-year-old is in his fourth season with the club since joining from Brentford in 2016.
He was Gomes’ main man this season and he’ll no doubt be a starting figure for whoever his replacement is. Having managed to shine in such a poorly performing Reading team this season is an achievement in itself for Swift.