The Championship is one of the most unforgiving leagues in football and a poor start from the newcomers could see them struggle to survive, a possibility made all the more real after Sunderland's relegation last season.
One of the main reasons for fans to be fearful of relegation is the possible exodus of players on the horizon. Andre Ayew, Lukasz Fabianski and Ki Sung-yeung have already left the club and were all regular members of the starting XI last season
In addition to the trio of players who have already secured transfers, Alfie Mawson, Jordan Ayew, Federico Fernandez, Sam Clucas and Kyle Naughton have also been linked with moves away. Whilst fans may not be too concerned with Naughton's departure, given the discovery of Connor Roberts, the possibility of the others leaving will worry the Jack Army.
With only two weeks of the transfer window left there is a possibility that Swansea may see up to five former starting players leave the club with very little time to replace them. A problem which is exacerbated by the adjustments to the transfer window in the Championship.
Swansea fans will also be worried by the replacements so far. New signings Joel Asoro, Yan Dhanda and Jordi Govea are all around 19 years of age and have little first team experience. Asoro is the most senior of the three but has only played one full season in the Championship.
The issue of experience amongst the new recruits could be compounded by the lack of depth in the squad
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Aside from issues with the squad, Swansea's new manager could also cause problems for the club. Graham Potter's appointment has been met with initial optimism and positivity, given that the 43-year-old is renown for playing attacking football. However, Potter has never managed in England and has no managerial experience in the Championship.
Although Potter played in England, his lack of coaching experience in the league could cause issues for the Swans as their new manager looks to find his feet. Managing in Sweden could be an entirely different challenge to taking charge in the Championship, as the quality differences may prove to be significant.
Potter's playing style could even be an issue next season. Swansea have arguably not played passing football since Michael Laudrup left, and it is uncertain how many players will be comfortable on the ball. Pre-season has already demonstrated that there will be an adjustment period, but the Swans must adapt quickly if they want to survive.