Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts has revealed the pre-season workload has increased this year after returning to training.
The 22-year-old had a slightly later return to date after going to Euro 2020 with Wales but is now back at Thorp Arch and preparing for the Premier League season.
He told LUTV: “It was refreshing to get a few weeks off and settle down, be with my family for a bit.
“Now I am back and straight back into it. You know what Leeds is like, straight on the running! It’s been good and I am feeling well.
“When I was speaking to the lads, I think we’ve done a little bit more than the other seasons but everybody is at a much fitter level straight away.
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“We had our off-season programmes which is even better than it has been. The testing we’ve been doing has been better, so you can’t fault the sport science and physio, it’s been measured out perfectly.”
Roberts found form in the latter stages of last season, despite links with a loan exit emerging midway through the campaign.
He will be hoping to pick up where he left off and has set himself a target to contribute more goals and assists.
Roberts said: “I took a lot of confidence from last year.
“To get a full season in the Premier League and battle it out at the level I want to play at, it was a great starting point.
“I talked about last year not being happy with my goals and assists. That’s a big goal for me this season, I feel like I’ve found the ways to improve that part of my game and push on in that way.”
Roberts spent much of last season operating in behind Patrick Bamford but if Rodrigo remains fit, he will face stiff competition for the role.
With Bamford established as Marcelo Bielsa’s preferred forward, Roberts may have to rely on his versatility if he cannot force his way into his regular positions.
However, he now has international tournament experience to draw upon as he looks to develop into an indispensable figure in Bielsa’s side.
He said: “It was good to get that experience of the Euros and to be in the environment, but I am back now and ready to go again.
“I think the magnitude of the tournament, you know how big the Euros are and the World Cup, but until you go and you’re part of it, it’s a whole different level.
“I realised when I was there that the whole talk around Wales, England, everything was the Euros and I was actually there.
“It was a crazy experience and one I was blessed to be a part of.”
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