Jordan Botaka says he has been impacted by the arrivals of two new Leeds stars.
Leeds United's Jordan Botaka applauds the fans after the match
Leeds United winger Jordan Botaka has told the club's official website that the arrivals of Hadi Sacko and Kemar Roofe has been a shock to the system.
The 23-year-old says he was hit with the realisation now is the time to kick on, and is determined to do so after an underwhelming debut season at the Whites.
Botaka said: "It’s very good – I think we needed it. I’m happy with it because they’re good players and it wakes me up again to tell me that I need to step my game up.
"It won’t be easy, but it’s very good. When you’ve got new players, you want to get to know each other better during a game.
“These are the moments to get to know each other better and to prove to the gaffer what you’re capable of. I’m desperate to be on the pitch.”
Oxford's Kemar Roofe and Bristol Rovers' Tom Lockyer in action
Hadi Sacko at Bordeaux
Botaka started only three Championship games last season after moving from Dutch Eredivisie side Excelsior on transfer deadline day.
This is his first pre-season with the club and with the right preparation he hopes to make an impact this coming campaign.
Hadi Sacko is in on loan and is at a similar point in his career to fellow winger Botaka, both with a point to prove.
With a bit of luck and the right coaching, new head coach Garry Monk can effectively utilise this to the club's advantage and make the Whites a very difficult team to deal with.
Leeds United's Jordan Botaka in action against Middlesbrough's George Friend