Leeds United striker Lewis Walters has told the club’s website that he sees the key for him making an impact over the summer is preparing in the right way.
Walters recently became the latest talented youngster to commit himself to a new deal at Elland Road and he’s now switched his thoughts to trying to force his way into Uwe Rosler’s thinking for the next campaign.
“The best thing to do is to prepare. If you don't, you'll be struggling when you start,” he told the Leeds website.
“I feel like I have to do it because I want to put myself in the best position I can when I come back, especially with the new manager so he can see that I've put some effort in.”
What are Walters chances of getting a chance under Rosler?
He’ll have to have an exceptional pre-season to force his way into the side ahead of Lee Erwin and Mirco Antenucci.
Both of those players have more experience and carry a greater physical presence and they will be the first choice options.
However, there’s no reason he can’t leave a positive impression in the mind of the manager.
Potential as an impact sub
Rosler could choose to give him a taste of the first team via the subs bench whether that comes in the Championship or in one of the domestic cup competitions.
That’s a good way to get him use to the pressure and feeling of the first team on match day without throwing him in at the deep end.
Loan or leave in the under-21 ranks?
There is merit in loaning him out and letting him gain some extra experience, but the under-21 option may be the preferred approach?
Neil Redfearn staying with his role as academy chief means Leeds don’t have a bad figure guiding the player through the next part of his career.