By Azeem Siddiqui

3rd Jun, 2022 | 9:45pm

Carlton Palmer: West Brom need players like John Swift to promote

Former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer believes that John Swift will prove to be an ideal signing for the club in the next season.

The Baggies completed their first signing of the summer transfer window by acquiring the services of the central midfielder who left Reading on a free transfer.

Palmer was quoted in a report by Football League World where he stated that Swift is the kind of player who would be perfect for any club, especially playing in a league like the Championship.

“You need players like Swift in your team,” he said. “You need players like that who will stand up and be counted.

“If West Brom wants promotion, they need Swift to be the starting hub of the club.

“With the Championship becoming physical, you need players like him who plays 30 to 35 games. So, very good signing in for Steve.”

Perfect match

If you ask Reading fans about Swift, they will talk about his creativity and goal contributions.

This is exactly what the Baggies would be looking for as they struggled massively in the creative department in the recently concluded season.

Even though they continued to be solid defensively, they could not able to capitalise on the opponent team’s defensive lapses.

The Baggies just managed to score 52 goals in the whole season in the Championship, joint sixth-lowest out of the 24 teams.

Swift finished the recently concluded season with 11 goals and 13 assists for Reading and therefore, it was evident why Steve Bruce made an early move to sign him for the next season.

Swift was one of the very few players to have double-digit figures in both goals and assists. If West Brom play on the counterattacking system, they can use Swift’s attacking influence and get the players moving.

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