The cannibalisation of the three weakest teams is a harsh reality of football and tough to take for the fans of those sides, but it gives everyone else a chance to speculate on which players they'd throw a lifeline to given the chance, and that's loads of fun.
Here's my list of one player per side (plus an alternative option) from the bottom six who I think could make an impact for the Swans.
Considering Wolves are the last place team, I had quite a hard time choosing just one player, because this side has a handful that could improve a mid-table Premier League side. Ultimately, I settled on Kevin Doyle. The forward has the right kind of work ethic to play in relief of Danny Graham for the Swans, and his solid all-around game means he'd fit in as a lone striker.
If not Doyle, then... I would pick Matt Jarvis, who would be an excellent addition on the wing. Doyle gets the nod for me only because the Swans are slightly better stocked on the wing than up front. There is also a case for Stephen Fletcher, who I rate as a fantastic classic centre forward (i.e. good in the air). However, I think the Swans pass-pass-pass-and-move game would be a poor fit for Fletcher, who might fare better in a more traditional two striker system (and he'd score 30 goals a season for Stoke).
After watching the Swans three nil victory over Blackburn last week, there is only one choice, and that is David Dunn, the only Blackburn player with any desire that day (except perhaps for Paul Robinson). He passes the character test hands down by virtue of that performance and his creative Jan Molby-esque midfield presence would look good on show at the Liberty.
If not Dunne, then.. Morten Gamst Pedersen. As one of the few players ever to 'score' directly from a throw in, he'd give the Swans long-throw specialism which is an extremely useful tool. He's also pretty decent in open play, too; probably one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.
Mark Davies. Davies would give the Swans another Joe Allen; a dynamic two-way midfielder, and who doesn't want as many of those as possible? Davies is especially impressive going forward and could either start alongside Allen or play in rotation with him in the Swans current system.
If not Davies, then.. Fabrice Muamba, assuming he manages to return to the game. Muamba is one of those all-action Viera types. The Swans don't really have one of those, relying instead on the deep-lying ball thievery of Leon Britton to run the midfield. Muamaba would give the Swans a different look to mix things up a bit against more physical opponents.
For me, the most talented player in Martinez' squad is Victor Moses. He's still a little raw, and still needs some development to reach his peak, but who better to coax that out of him than Brendan Rodgers? His trickery and guile on the wing or up front would be an asset to any side and he's just really exciting to watch.
If not Moses, then... Ali Al Habsi. The eccentric goalkeeper is almost unbeatable on his day, and he'd benefit from playing with the defensively astute Swans. Plus he'd give the side some height in net for those tricky away fixtures at Stoke.
Since he's been such a thorn in the Swans side, I'd take Jamie Mackie, if just to stop him scoring against us. Seriously though, Mackie is a decent forward with some skill and a tidy finish, and he's quite versatile. There are bigger names on the QPR squad, but they almost all come with baggage. Barton and Cisse, for example, are impact players, but the Swans are built on a team ethic and don't need distractions which might upset that.
If not Mackie, then... Adel Taarabt, with the qualifier that he learns to buckle down and do his defensive duty. His talent is unquestionable, but his application often leaves something to be desired. If Brendan Rodgers could develop his work ethic, he'd be more consistent, more complete and much more dangerous.
The Swans have been thin at the back all season, and if Stephen Caulker can't return to the team, that need will become the priority. Ciaran Clark fits the bill for me. He can play at centre back and in midfield and has even done a few shifts at full back. He's young and only getting better, and given the chance could become a key piece of the Swans first team.
If not Clark, then... Stephen Ireland. Ireland is a decent midfielder with plenty of big league experience who would strengthen the Swans in the middle of the park.
Of course, I realise that real-world practicalities like transfer fees and wage expectations would probably rule out most of these transfers, but it's still fun to speculate. Let me know who you would take and why?