Can Swansea build on their Premier League survival last season under Francesco Guidolin?
At one stage last season Swansea were in terrible form, only winning one from thirteen matches between September and December. At that point they looked like surprise relegation candidates but in came Guidolin in January and they ended up finishing the season well, with a final league position of twelfth.
They will be looking to build on that for the 2016/17 season but they have been surprisingly quiet in the transfer window until very recently. Three strikers - Gomis, Paloschi and Eder all went out of the door with no replacements signed onto the club.
Since then, ex-Juventus and Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente has arrived at the club with a target of forcing himself back into the Spain national team. Add to that the imminent arrival of Atletico Madrid's Borja Baston, who scored 18 goals on loan at Eibar, for a club record fee and things are starting to look up at the Liberty Stadium.
With the forward line bolstered, much of their success this season will surely hinge on whether they can keep hold of or replace their star assets. Gyfli Sigurdsson has recently signed a new contract but captain Ashley Williams' remain in the balance and Ayew is seemingly on his way to West Ham for £20 million.
If Swansea can retain the services of Williams and replace the out-going Ayew, a promising season is surely on the cards in the top half of the Premier League aand you can get odds of 5/1 on that outcome. They could even make a run for European qualification at a massive 33/1 longshot.
On the other hand, those two players were so integral to the team last season - in keeping goals out at one end and scoring them at the other that another season of mediocrity could beckon without them. The bookies think the most likely place for Swansea will be in the bottom half of the table at odds of 1/7 but they are 7/2 to be relegated. So at the very least their Premier League status appears to be relatively secure.