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|Full Name||John David Swift|
|Date of Birth||23 June 1995|
|Place of Birth||Portsmouth, England|
|Chelsea career||2007 -|
|Debut||11 May 2014|
|Games (goals)||1 (0)|
John Swift (born 23 June 1995 in Portsmouth, England) is a midfielder currently playing in Chelsea's Academy. He made his first team debut in May 2014.
John has been at Chelsea since Under-14 level, having previously failed to earn a place in the academy as a 12 year-old.
John made his debut in the academy team as an Under-15 during the 2009-10 season, making two appearances. He continued to make strides into the squad in 2010-11, whilst also captaining the club's Under-16 ranks, but the second half of his season was heavily interrupted by injury.
However, fully fit for the start of the 2011-12 season, Swift quickly became one of the Under-18 team's best players, weighing in with goals and assists in the first half of the season. His eye-catching style won him many fans during the successful 2011-12 FA Youth Cup campaign and he finished a superb first season as an Under-18 by making his reserve debut in the last fixture of the season against Manchester United.
He spent the 2012-13 season floating between the Under-18 and Under-21 teams, often captaining the former in league action, whilst retaining an important squad role in the FA Youth Cup squad. However, despite some impressive performances in the run to the Final, he was often left on the bench in favour of alternative attacking options by manager Adrian Viveash. He finished the campaign as a regular under Dermot Drummy in the Under-21 ranks.
Towards the end of that campaign, Drummy revealed that as part of John's development, he had spent time with Frank Lampard in developing particular aspects of his game, most notably in the goalscoring department. The approach appeared to have paid major dividends in the first half of the 2013-14 season as eight goals in pre-season were followed by ten before Christmas in competition proper and Swift becoming a considerably more dangerous player with each passing game.
The goals continued right up until the end of the season, when he made his first team debut in the final match of the 2013-14 season, coming on as a substitute for Eden Hazard in the 89th minute of a 2-1 win against Cardiff City. Three days later he was part of the winning Under-21 Premier League team; defeating Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford.
John has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 levels.
Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football
(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2013-14 season)
- 2011 Sky Sports Victory Shield (England Under-16s)
- 2011 FA International Tournament (England Under-17s)
- 2011-12 FA Youth Cup
- 2013-14 Under-21 Premier League
John signed his first professional contract in July 2012, one which expires at the end of the 2014-15 season.