For manager and scorer alike, it ranked as a dream debut. Graham Potter marked his bow as Swansea manager with a remarkable victory secured by another newcomer. Yan Dhanda, a 19-year-old signed from Liverpool, had barely been on the pitch for 30 seconds when he swept in the decider with his first touch. After relegation, a summer exodus and going a goal down, Swansea seemed set for a demoralising defeat in the lower league. Instead a callow team conjured a comeback to suggest this particular Potter is capable of wizardry.
There was a sense Swansea had come full circle. Their previous Championship game, before 2011’s successful play-off campaign, came against Sheffield United. So did their return. Much has changed in seven years; indeed, plenty is different from three months ago. Tom Carroll, Martin Olsson and Mike van der Hoorn were the sole survivors from Swansea’s previous starting 11, with the Dutchman perhaps granted the captaincy because the senior centre-back, Federico Fernández, is likelier to join the phalanx of departures. Sam Clucas, wanted by Burnley and unused because of injury, may beat the Argentinian to the exit.