17 July 2024

A West Bromwich Albion branded corner flag during the Premier League match  at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Picture date: Sunday February 14, 2021  Stock Photo - Alamy

West Brom could be tempted to cash in on John Swift in the January transfer window, and Alex Mowatt could be a ready-made replacement for this season’s star man, after what Express and Star journalist Lewis Cox wrote.

Cox claimed in the Express and Star [18 October] that Mowatt “can be a possible option to fill in the role left vacant” during Swift’s absence through injury, but if a sale was on the cards, that option could become a necessity.

The financial situation at The Hawthorns has been well-documented, with a need to raise money through player sales a hot topic, and the Express and Star [14 October] hinted Swift’s performances would be attracting interest.

Mowatt has stepped up his performances lately after being trusted with a starting role in the team under Carlos Corberan, and his form could tempt the Baggies into cashing in on Swift, but there are differences in their respective roles.

To start with, Swift has six goals and an assist in 11 Championship games this season, compared to Mowatt’s one goal and one assist in nine games. The former has been playing further forward to support the striker, with the latter’s influence resting in midfield.

However, there are more similarities to their games than may appear at first glance. Take the game against Birmingham for example. Result aside, both Swift and Mowatt impressed with their displays. In fact, Mowatt’s performance going forward resulted in some eye-catching numbers.

The central midfielder recorded an 89% passing accuracy, playing two key passes, completing six of nine attempted crosses and drawing three fouls. This compares to the 88% accuracy, 0 key passes, two crosses and one foul drawn from Swift, despite him playing in a more advanced role. [Sofascore]

If Mowatt can continue to provide such solid attacking numbers, he may well prove a viable replacement for Swift, with that experiment on the cards to take place while Swift is injured. The time between now and his return, depending on Mowatt’s performances, could decide the future of Swift’s West Brom career.


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