The obvious storyline for the Swans home fixture against Bolton this afternoon is the return of Darren Pratley. Pratley was one of my favourite players when he was with the Swans, and ironically is just the kind of all-action physical midfielder the team could do with at the moment. The talk might be all about his return to the Liberty, but something far more significant has taken place behind the scenes at Swansea.
I'm talking of course about the appointment of "Performance Consultant" Glen Driscoll. Driscoll is familiar with Brendan Rodgers from time spent with both Reading and Chelsea; he spent the last ten years at Stamford Bridge. It looks like Buck's resourcefulness in tapping up his connections for the Swans benefit is not limited to players.
Driscoll should shore up the Swans team fitness, an area which several observers have pointed to as a weakness. When you look at the Swans propensity for conceding late goals (5 of the 14 the team have conceded have come in the last 15 minutes), it becomes clear how important this move might be for the Swans.
Speaking of performance, here's my latest performance index. Joe Allen's frankly fantastic recent form has seen him charge into second place, whilst Nathan Dyer finally breaks into the top five.
Back to today's game, here's what I'll be watching :
Whether Michel Vorm and the Swans can post a fifth consecutive clean sheet. Swansea are the only Premier League team not to have conceded at home so far this season.
Whether Danny Graham can make it four goals in four games. He's three-for-three at the moment.
Whether Swansea can build on the improvement versus Wolves, and specifically whether the Swans can hold a lead should they get one.
Whether Darren Pratley plays, and whether Darren Pratley will get a "warm" welcome...
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