Reading may have suffered late heartbreak against Queens Park Rangers at the Select Car Leasing Stadium this afternoon, but there were at least some reasons to be positive.
Royals fans probably thought that a second league win of the season was on the horizon as they were 3-1 up with 13 minutes to play against the Hoops, but goals from Andre Gray and Stefan Johansen snatched two points away from them.
Veljko Paunovic is lacking in attacking options right now thanks to injuries to Lucas Joao, Femi Azeez and Yakou Meite, whilst a deadline day move for free agent Andy Carroll failed to materialise.
One player he can rely on to produce the goods though is John Swift, who is really lighting up the Championship so far this season despite not being on the winning end of results much.
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An injury-hit 2020-21 campaign saw Swift score just once in 14 matches, however six games into the current season has seen the attacking midfielder score six goals and notch two assists – a simply phenomenal return.
A hat-trick today for Swift almost guided Reading to a victory but sadly it wasn’t to be – Royals fans though have been appreciative that the 26-year-old is the only real shining light at the club right now who is able to step foot on the pitch.
John Swift is on a different level. Unbelievable from him today. Deserved to be on the winning side after a lovely hat-trick.
— Talk Reading (@TalkReading) September 11, 2021
Fair play to John Swift. Never really been a fan of his but this season he has stepped up massively, looks like he is taking the lead out on the pitch and most importantly looks 100% fit. #readingfc
— Nath St Paul (@NathStPaul) September 11, 2021
We don’t deserve Swift. Feel so bad for him when we’re conceding 3 goals a game #readingfc
— George (@1871_GS) September 11, 2021
Need to give Swift an extension to his contract. Cannot let him go for free next summer #readingfc
— Hann (@hannlous) September 11, 2021
Despite the late comeback, let’s just take time and appreciate how good John Swift is 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼#readingfc
— Matty Dempster (@DempsterRfc) September 11, 2021
John swift is the best player in the championship. Debate with your nan. #readingfc
— jacob ainscough🌹 (@ainscough_jacob) September 11, 2021
Man’s a hero – carrying our team 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/CXXXVy7jPm
— padz (@padzRfc) September 11, 2021
He’s actually the best player in the world https://t.co/Z5h4bDVvOK
— Duncan (@duncannn11) September 11, 2021
Only 2 goals for Ronaldo, he’s no John Swift is he
— 𝕿𝖔𝖒 𝕵 𝕯𝖆𝖓𝖎𝖊𝖑 (@tomjd1975) September 11, 2021
John Swift is different gravy
— Sam (@1871sam) September 11, 2021