0 goals, 0 assists: Chelsea's John Swift returns home, but where did it go wrong?

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John Swift has returned to Chelsea after his loan move to Rotherham United failed to meet expectations.

Chelsea and Rotherham United agreed last week that a return to Stamford Bridge for John Swift would be best for all parties. 

The 19-year-old, who made his Chelsea and Premier League debut in a 2-1 win over Cardiff last season, played just 78 out of a possible 1,580 minutes for Rotherham this season despite a strong start.

After providing a spark against promotion favourites Derby County on his debut, Millers supporters were excited to see what else the Chelsea youngster could offer as the season went on. However, with 17 games of the season gone, he made only the one start, coming in Rotherham's 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. 


  Shots at GoalChances CreatedDribbles WonTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesPossession LostAppearancesMins Played
John Swift 2 0 1 23 17 39 17 3 78

Unsurprisingly, given his lack of game time, the Chelsea loanee's impact was minimal and brief. He was unable to grab an assist or a goal, or even create a chance, but the most damning statistic for him is on possession lost. A key trait he will need to improve on before heading out on loan again and having a second bite of the cherry. 

Out of the 39 touches Swift made, he lost possession on 17 occasions - a rate of nearly half, although, his passing accuracy - 17 accurate passes out of 23 attempted - is fairly average for a Championship player. Nevertheless, this is an area he will need to work on if he is to become a success at Chelsea in the future.

The attacking-minded midfielder played a key part in Chelsea's unrivalled Under-21 success last season, and will unlikely be put down by the lack of playing time under Steve Evans at Rotherham United. Although, he may need to drop a division to rebuild his reputation, before getting another chance at Championship level. 

In this regard, he can draw inspiration from fellow England youth international Benik Afobe who endured several underwhelming loan spells in the Championship before dropping to League One this season and reaffirming his lofty reputation with 15 goals in 20 games.

Another Championship loan for Swift could be a step too far, especially as expectations and frustrations grow into the second half of the season. A loan spell at a promotion-pushing League One club could offer him the first-team experience he desires and a much more comfortable standard to grow in. 

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