By Joe Ellis

8th Jun, 2022 | 7:23am

West Brom new signing John Swift impresses Nigel Quashie

West Brom raised eyebrows across the Championship when they announced the signing of attacking midfielder John Swift on a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old’s contract at Reading was set to expire at the end of June and, despite talks between club and player, he decided to leave the Select Car Leasing Stadium for a new challenge.

He wasn’t short of options having scored 11 goals and 13 assists during the 2021-22 season in which the Royals struggled but he picked the Baggies and Nigel Quashie thinks he will impress at The Hawthorns.

“You need that number 10/number eight that can really contribute goals and assists but I don’t think Albion had that last year,” Quashie said to the Express and Star.

“I hope John Swift comes in and does really well. He has come from a good upbringing. He was at Chelsea as a youngster. He has gone on to Reading and played really well.

“Every time I’ve seen him I’ve been really impressed with him. His energy levels are good. He gets around the park well.

Quashie, who played for the Albion during the 2006-07 season, also set the initial target for Steve Bruce and his side to reach for the 2022-23 campaign.

“I would say the top six as we stand but I still think there should be more than enough to push on,” he said.

“I don’t know if the top two will be a certainty when you look at the teams coming down and the parachute payments they will have.”

More to come

It is no secret that Bruce is keen to overhaul the squad that Valerien Ismael left him when he was sacked at the start of February so we have to assume that Swift’s entrance is not the last of this summer transfer window.

The boss is already looking to strengthen the right-back area [Express and Star] as his next incoming having been unimpressed by Darnell Furlong during his time at The Hawthorns.

But that still won’t be all she wrote for a summer of change for West Brom because we cannot endure a season like 2021-22 again this time around.

Being a freshly-relegated side, we should have been competing with the likes of Fulham to return to the Premier League at the first attempt but we never looked like a team that wanted to get promoted.

Bruce does now get a chance to stamp his own mark on the side having been forced to contend with Ismael’s squad for the end of the 2021-22 campaign due to being appointed just days after the January transfer window slammed shut.

In other West Brom news, there has been a major change in the background at the club with a key member of staff leaving to join divisional rivals.

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