According to Sky Sports, Chelsea’s youngster John Swift, who has been on loan at Brentford has extended his loan Spell with the Club until the end of the season. Chelsea is a club that has been particularly poor in producing young players that are groomed at the club’s academy. During Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea, The Portuguese promoted some academy players who have since been doing well. The likes of Kennedy Loftus-Cheek and Kurt Zouma are notable amongst those that have risen through the ranks at Stamford Bridge.
Since Zouma broke into the first team, he has gone on to make over 16 starts in the league this season, 9 times better than the number of league starts he made last season. Swift’s loans deal was expected to end this month, but the 20-year old has impressed since moving to Brentford in October and hence, was rewarded with an extension.
Brentford coach, Dean Smith said, “John has developed a lot as a player in his time with Brentford. He is someone I knew about when he was playing in league one last year and he has improved since then. He also has lots of scope to develop further. It is great to have him as part of the squad for the rest of the season.”
Swift is one of the academy players that was sent out on loan by Chelsea. Swift joined Chelsea as an U14. He is a hardworking box to box midfielder who is very strong and capable of scoring goals. Swift often captained the club’s youth side and has played in most youth cup ties. He also got his first European experience in the NextGen Series.
In the 2013/2014 season, Swift became an U21 regular, increasing his goal scoring skills as well. The young midfielder ended that season with 15 goals including seven, in UEFA youth league games. His first shot at senior football came when he was sent out on loan to Rotherham United before making another switch to Swindon where he ended the season with 2 goals. Swift is also an England U20 international. He signed his first professional contract in 2012.