Versatile Leeds United youngster Sam Byram told the club’s official website that he feels the pre-season fixture list is the best the side have faced for a while.
Leeds finish their pre-season campaign with a match against Everton, in a schedule which also includes a match against German side Hoffenheim.
“I think it’s the best pre-season fixtures we’ve had for a while. There are some good teams in there so it’ll be a test for the boys – I’m really looking forward to it,” he told leedsunited.com.
Shrewd from Rosler
Uwe Rosler has been shrewd over the friendly games facing Leeds because he’s subjecting his side, packed with younger players, to friendly games against teams that have higher quality players.
On the one hand, pre-season is purely about improving the fitness of key players but on the other hand, the boss will want his team to get a bit sharper ahead of the club’s first Championship game of the season against Burnley.
It’s important that the players are at their best and the pre-season fixtures will force the key players in the squad to pick things up ahead of the competitive action returning.
Opportunity for the next generation
It would be a massive surprise if Byram isn’t part of the Leeds United side which starts the season and pre-season is a chance for the next generation of youngsters to fast track their progress at the club.
The likes of Lewis Walters, Luke Parkin and Kalvin Phillips among others are examples of players who have recently signed new contracts at Elland Road and players who will be looking for an opportunity.
Rosler will definitely be looking for them to create some positive selection problems.