Swansea will need to accelerate Renato Sanches's adaption to the Premier League

A week after Renato Sanches completed his loan move to Swansea, Wales Online ran a brief feature on the young Portuguese. With the international break over and the league season returning into view, they lovingly detailed how the midfielder would spend his first day at his new club: when he would meet his team-mates, what his media duties were, how many training sessions he'd complete before making his debut against Newcastle on Sunday.

Football supporters are habitually cycnical and, in the main, deadened to the novelty of high-profile players. But this was perfect. Swansea have been in the Premier League for six years now and, in that time, the Liberty Stadium has truly become a fixture in the top-flight calendar, but that article captured the novelty of seeing a glinting wunderkind in native white. Modern football has a created many irritating new truisms and one of them is that a certain type of player only plays for a certain type of club.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Seb Stafford-Bloor is a football writer at Tifo Football and member of the Football Writers' Association. He was formerly a regularly columnist for the FourFourTwo website, covering all aspects of the game, including tactical analysis, reaction pieces, longer-term trends and critiquing the increasingly shady business of football's financial side and authorities' decision-making.