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Exciting claim made about rumoured Leeds United transfer target

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Reading midfielder John Swift could surprise a lot of people if he makes the move to Leeds United.

That’s according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, who says that Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa could get the best out of the midfielder.

With Swift enjoying an excellent campaign for Reading this season, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists in 18 league games for the Royals.

As a result, with his contract at the club expiring this summer, speculation around Swift’s future has been rife, with the January window on the horizon.

Recent reports from the Sheffield Star have claimed that Leeds, along with Premier League rivals Wolves and Burnley, are considering bids for Swift when the market reopens.

Now it seems as though Phillips believes that a move for the midfielder would be a risk for Leeds, but one that could pay off.

Giving his thoughts on the possibility of Swift making the move to Elland Road, the ex-England international told Football Insider: “I think it would be a slight gamble from Leeds. It’s a big jump, moving from the Championship to the Premier League.

“He is a player who has been around a while now. It makes you wonder why nobody has brought him up to the Premier League already.

“However, we know when Bielsa signs a player, he gets the best out of them. Swift might be one of those players who comes up to the Premier League and really surprises everyone. I would love to see him jump up and make an impression.

“If I’m honest though, I’m dubious as to whether he could do that. Bielsa’s man-management skills could bring out the best in him though. It’s certainly a position Leeds are light in.”

You do feel as though Swift may be a player worth taking a chance on for Leeds.

There is no doubt they could benefit from an extra midfielder, and Swift’s contract situation means he could be affordable for the Whites in January.

His record in front of goal, and in terms of assists, during the campaign so far, also means he could have the potential to add an extra attacking outlet to this Leeds side.

Add in the fact that Bielsa does have a history for getting a lot out of promising players, and this could be one that proves a rather sensible move for Leeds come the January window.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.

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