John Swift showed his quality in a productive debut for Swindon Town as the Robins drew 2-2 with Fleetwood Town
John Swift was called into action by Mark Cooper for Swindon Town just a few hours after joining the club on loan for the rest of the season.
The Chelsea youngster was officially announced as a Swindon player on Saturday January 3 at 10:30 am and at 2:00 pm was named in the starting line-up to play Fleetwood Town.
Despite the lack of preparation, Swift was able to make an impact on the game and even won a penalty for his side in the first half.
The explosive midfielder showcased his quick feet and skipped past five Fleetwood defenders before being fouled in the box. The conversion of the penalty would have put Town ahead, but Michael Smith failed to do just that and the sides went in level at half-time.
Fleetwood looked to have snatched the victory early in the second half with two goals in 10 minutes, but Swindon were able to produce a quick-fire double of their own and the game ended 2-2.
After the match, Swindon manager Cooper sung the praises of his new signing, but remained adamant there was nothing in his deal that meant he had to play and he would have to work hard to keep his shirt.
“I thought he was outstanding in the first half,” Cooper was quoted as saying in the Swindon Advertiser.
“You can see he has been at Chelsea for so long and his balance and his ability to take people on and create things can only be a bonus for us going forward.
“He has not played loads of football and you can see that in the second half he tired a bit, but I think on that showing you can say that he is going to help us.
“We haven’t given any guarantees (to Chelsea that he will play), that is for certain, but if he plays like that he is going to play no matter who comes back.''
The performance by Swift, who has been touted in the media as Frank Lampard's successor at Chelsea, will undoubtedly boost his confidence following a tough loan spell in the Championship with Rotherham United. After a promising start, the 19-year-old fell almost completely off the radar before he was sent back to Chelsea due to his lack of playing time.
He made just three appearances for Steve Evans' side, with only one coming from the start, and unsurprisingly recorded no goals or assists in the process.
Swindon currently hold pole position in the League One table, however they will drop to second if Bristol City win their game in hand.