John Swift a target for Crystal Palace in winter window

Having made some impressive signings in the summer, with French duo Michael Olise and Odsonne Edouard in particular impressing, Crystal Palace look set to make some more moves in the winter window. January is always a hard time to sign players, as the cliché goes, but it looks like Patrick Vieira’s positive first summer has earned him a few pounds to spend in the January sales. One name being linked with the club is John Swift. Swift is currently at Reading, and could be a key part of the long-term rebuild taking place.

With so many names leaving in the summer, some fans were worried that Palace would be bereft of talent. The midfield was emptied in particular, and it left a lot of holes to fill. The summer window – with all of the time wasted trying to find a coach in the first place – was not long enough to manage enough big name signings. However, January might be time to address a weak central midfield, and Swift is seen as the ideal player to come in and do some damage.

The 26-year-old has been a key cog of the Reading team for some time now, and is also being chased by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City. He offers a natural energy that is missing from the middle of the park at the moment. On top of that, Swift has a previous relationship with Olise, making him another player who could immediately combine with the talented playmaker.

Is John Swift the standard needed for Crystal Palace?

While some fans might worry about how a 26-year-old might handle the step up, Palace have a strong record of repurposing Championship players for their own benefit. The likes of Swift would make an intelligent pick, especially with the fact his contract runs out in the summer of 2022. This would make him an affordable gamble; the kind of player that makes ideal sense for a January signing.

If it does not work out, Swift can be, well, swiftly moved on in the summer for a small profit. If it works out, then Palace will land a cut-price deal for a player who has been hugely impressive in recent times. The player has become recognised as a high-energy, creative talent who can also score goals. And while stepping up from the second tier to the top flight is never easy, his characteristics make it a likely opportunity.

Reading were hoping that a new deal could be agreed with one of their star players, but it does not look like it will happen now. Instead, he is expected to move on – with Reading in need of cash after a financial mismanagement cal-out in the summer, they will need to make do with what they can land in the winter window.

What will be a clear loss for the Berkshire side will hopefully be to the gain of Palace. Good players with such a small price tag are a rarity; moving to land Swift would definitely be smart business in January. 

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