Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa was full of praise for Reading midfielder John Swift after his side’s 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites were pushed hard by the Royals at Elland Road, but the pressure eventually told in the second half when Pablo Hernandez poked home the winner.

Swift was quiet in the game, being dragged off in the second half, but that didn’t stop Bielsa from lavishing him with praise.

Bielsa sang the praises of Swift, and highlighted his clear affection for the playmaker who learnt his trade at Premier League side, Chelsea.

“Swift is a great player,” he said via Leeds Live.

“I value him a lot. He is a player who appears suddenly in attack and the same in transition between defence and attack, but especially when he passes from the defence to the attack.”

Leeds have been reported by Football Insider to be interested in Swift’s teammate, Andy Rinomhota – with Bielsa being impressed with the midfielder in the game at the Madejski Stadium earlier in the season.

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Comparing the two Reading midfielders via WhoScored, Leeds and Bielsa may want to view Swift as a much-more suitable alternative to Rinomhota.

As a central midfielder, Bielsa likes his to be more suited to attacking and being on the ball with the amount of possession the Whites have in games – something that Swift would definitely relish.

The 24-year-old has been better in each department this season. He has averaged more than quadruple more shots and key passes per game according to WhoScored, as well as being involved in 14 more goals.

Yes, Rinomhota is much more defensive, but Leeds already have Kalvin Phillips so surely it would be in the Whites’ best interest to target someone like Swift – Bielsa clearly a big fan.

In other Leeds United news, Mark Bowen was unhappy with one figure during his sides 1-0 defeat on Saturday


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