The Swans finished their pre-season tour of the United States with a win, a draw and a loss. The results might not have been much to write home about, but the tour has given new boss Michael Laudrup plenty of opportunity to evaluate the players.
With three new players signed already, talk of contraction in the squad and Liverpool sniffing around the Liberty like a pushy old lady in the reduced section of Tesco, it seems pretty certain more change will come before the season opener.
Most of the focus has understandably been on the Swans players involved in the Olympics. The Joe Allen saga continues to lurch forward with all the sinister implication and inevitable heartbreak of a significant other saying 'we need to talk'. Of course, I can't remember getting fifteen million quid the last time someone broke up with me, so it's not all bad.
Allen aside, initial talk was how a strong Olympics showing from Scott Sinclair would raise his stock a bit and allow the Swans to sell high in light of the player's reported reluctance to sign a new contract. Of course, the same kind of reporting had Neil Taylor leaving Swansea for Newcastle this time last year, and look what came of that. Sinclair has since gone on to suggest that he is very excited to be working with Michael Laudrup and will be looking to hash out new terms shortly.
Which brings us to Neil Taylor himself. Taylor had a solid Olympics and is now the talk of the town - or the red half of Manchester anyway, having apparently been highlighted as cover for (and eventual successor to) ageing rogue Patrice Evra.
And that's not all. Ash Williams name is all over the transfer gossip column as a potential replacement for Daniel Agger at Liverpool, though I'd take this one with a pinch of purely fictitious salt. Brendan Rodgers poaching of Joe Allen has only been made possible by the ex-Swans boss prior knowledge of the minimum fee release clause in Allen's contract, and the figure involved is sufficiently high to give Swans chairman Huw Jenkins enough pause for thought to overlook the contractual agreement between the clubs prohibiting Liverpool from signing Swans players for the next year.
Besides, Liverpool are a big club with some money; there's no logic behind Rodgers' specifically targeting Swans players when the club could target pretty much all but the absolute elite of world football. Allen is a special case because he ended last season actually among the absolute elite of world football (statistically, as did TV advert star Leon Britton, but Allen has youth and pace on his side). Allen apart, however, there's just no sense to Rodgers' implied blind spot to anyone not wearing Swans white.
My expectation is that Allen goes to Liverpool, whilst Williams, Sinclair and Taylor all stay. Sinclair and Taylor might have impressed at the Olympics, but both have only reached that level playing on a side which allows them a lot of game time and which plays a system they both thrive in. It seems too early for either player (especially Taylor) to be moving on. However, if Sinclair and Taylor do leave, the Swans are going to look awfully thin on the left flank...