Tottenham Hotspur loanee Tom Carroll is certainly being tested on his loan spell at Swansea City.
The central-midfielder is highly regarded at White Hart Lane after impressing through the youth-systems, but he has been loaned out to be given further first-team opportunities.
So far Carroll has only played three times during his loan spell, but the 21-year-old has revealed that he still feels he is getting a lot out of the temporary move, due to the rigorous training.
“I’ve had some of the toughest sessions of my career here," he said to Swansea's official site. "The last few days have certainly been up there because we had a double session one day and an 11 v 11 session the following day. That’s pretty tough!
“But you have to go through them sessions because it helps you on the weekend. The more you put into training the better you are equipped for game-day.”
The hope is that Tottenham will be able to build their team around Carroll's passing ability in the future, but the aim is for him to get a taste of Premier League football away from the spotlight at White Hart Lane at the moment.
Currently, Swansea are actually above Spurs in the table and they will be hoping to keep this sort of form up after making a good start.
Many had though the Welsh club could struggle this season, with the inexperienced Gary Monk in charge, but he is proving to be a good manager and they side look tough to beat.
Their good form has made it hard for Carroll to break through into the starting line-up, but he hasn't given up hope of doing so soon and he is determined to take his chance when it comes along.
"Every Premier League club has a strong squad now, and you are competing for places with very good players,” Carroll said.
“But you just have to concentrate on yourself and do everything you can to impress. I’ve just got to be patient because the club have made a good start in the Premier League. If I get an opportunity I have to take it.”