Brentford have today extended the loan of Chelsea’s England Under-21 international midfield player John Swift for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old joined The Bees at the start of October and soon extended his one month loan to January. That deal has now been extended to the end of the season.
John has played 15 Sky Bet Championship games for Brentford in just under three months at Griffin Park. He has started 13 matches and scored three goals, all away from home. John – who has also contributed three assists in his time with The Bees – has started Brentford’s last three matches culminating in Saturday's match with Birmingham City. He also earned his first England Under-21 cap in November.
Dean Smith, Brentford FC Head Coach, 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.”
John was on the books of Portsmouth before he joined Chelsea. He progressed through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and was part of Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup winning team in 2012, turning professional the same year. He played for The Blues at Under-21 level when just 16 and appeared in a second FA Youth Cup Final in 2013 before helping the West London side win the FA Premier Under-21 League in 2013/14.
John had loan spells last season at Rotherham United and Swindon Town after making his Premier League debut in May 2014, at the end of a season where he scored 15 goals from midfield in all competitions for Chelsea. He played in the Sky Bet Championship for Rotherham and scored twice in 14 games for Swindon in League One before injury ended his season early.
The midfield player has represented England at every level from Under-16 to Under-21. He has played for his country 33 times in total, scoring once. His first Under-21 game came in November when he helped England beat Switzerland in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier.