By Sam Stone

2nd Jun, 2022 | 10:26am

Ally Robertson was 'surprised' by West Brom securing the signing of John Swift

Ally Robertson says he was “surprised” to see West Brom secure the signing of John Swift after the midfielder left Reading.

The attacking midfielder has penned a three-year deal at The Hawthorns in May after spending six years in Berkshire.

Roberston admits the 26-year-old’s move to The Hawthorns caught him off guard after the midfielder was linked with a host of clubs.

As quoted by the Express and Star on Thursday [2 June], the former Baggies defender said: “If we’re being honest, we haven’t had that type of player ever since Matheus Pereira left.

“I was actually surprised when I saw the Swift deal was done.”

He added: “He’s been linked with a lot of clubs and I thought he might be tempted by a move to the Premier League.

“But I’m absolutely delighted he has decided to join us.”

West Brom are a draw

Regardless of West Brom’s 2021-22 Championship campaign, the Baggies are still one of, if not the biggest club in the Championship.

The Baggies rarely fail to contend in England’s second tier and after early rumours and transfer action it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Baggies compete in the 2022-23 season.

West Brom struggled for goals last season and the signing of Swift is a statement of intent from Steve Bruce and shows that the Baggies boss is not afraid to offer generous wages to free agents.

It would’ve been a huge surprise if Swift didn’t have suitors from higher up the pyramid.

The 26-year-old has proven to be a superb Championship operator over his career and still has five to six years to perform at a high level.

Bruce will be hoping that the signing of Swift will encourage more players to make their way through the door at The Hawthorns.

In other West Brom news, a staff member has quit the Albion to join Wolves.

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