Can the promising platform at the Liberty Stadium be built on?
1. Josh McEachran
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of his admiration for Chelsea starlet Josh McEachran.
“I need to have a conversation at length [with Chelsea]. Josh is not playing at the moment, he is on the bench, although he played [against Everton] last night.
“He is a wonderful talent and the positive thing is that clubs see Swansea as a club that can develop such talents. He has got great vision, he is a terrific footballer and he needs to play in a certain system.
“I think [Chelsea manager] Andre [Villas-Boas] and [sporting director] Michael Emenolo understand he will need to get some games and when that moment comes he is certainly a player who would do terrific here.
Villas-Boas didn’t react completely positively to the news though.
“Josh is an immense talent so we are counting on him here as a Chelsea player,” the Blues boss told The Independent.
“When Josh makes it through the difficult competitive environment that he faces here he will be one of the most amazing players.
“I understand that the opportunities he got compared to last year weren’t the same and Josh played last year Champions’ League games, which shows the quality of his talent.
“But it also means there’s immense talent in the club and he has to push his way through.
“If he makes it through with this competition, his future is secure as one of the best midfielders in the world and we are challenging him to do that.
“That doesn’t mean other people are allowed to speak of a player that belongs to us.”
Will Josh McEachran be allowed to move to Swansea City – or indeed anywhere – in January?