Tom Carroll completed a season-long loan switch to Swansea City during the transfer window.
The 22-year-old midfielder was one of Tottenham’s brightest prospects a number of years ago, drawing comparisons to former teammate, and current Real Madrid star, Luka Modric.
However, the deep-lying midfielder has failed to push on with his career since the 2012/13 season, and he joined fellow Premier League side Swansea City on a season-long loan earlier this season.
Whilst his talents are evident, his physicality and mentality have come under scrutiny, and he has made just one Premier League appearances for the Swans since completing his switch to Wales, with a further two coming in the League Cup.
Despite the wayward start start to his career at the Liberty Stadium, Carroll is still an England Under-21 regular, and he is hoping that the intense training experienced in Wales will set him up for matchday.
Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post, the youngster said: "The sessions are very sharp and the way the team plays on the pitch is replicated in training.
"I've had some of the toughest sessions of my career here. 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 those sessions because it helps you on the weekend. The more you put into training the better you are equipped for game-day.”
Although he is still a bit-part player at the Liberty Stadium, chances are more likely to come than if he had remained with Spurs. And it was the options available in Wales, as well as the Swans approach to the game, that had Carroll eager to spend a season with Garry Monk’s men.
He continued: "I've been here a month and I'm enjoying my football.
"Everyone knows the philosophy of the club and it suits my style of play.
"As soon as I knew Swansea were interested I really wanted to come here. It's a great club that is now established in the Premier League.
"Every Premier League club has a strong squad now, and you are competing for places with very good players.
"You just have to concentrate on yourself and do everything you can to impress."
Having yet to start a Premier League game for the Swans, Carroll could be afforded his chance with a trip to Stoke after the international break coinciding with Jonjo Shelvey’s one-match suspension.