LEEDS United loanee Leif Davis recalled his first training sessions under boss Marcelo Bielsa, admitting: "I slept for a good few days!"

Davis is currently at Cherries on a season-long deal from the Yorkshire outfit, with an option for the transfer to be made permanent next summer.

The 21-year-old has found regular game-time hard to come by so far on the south coast.

The defender has made nine appearances for Scott Parker's side, generally playing second fiddle to in-form Jordan Zemura at left-back for much of the season.

However, when the Zimbabwe international went down injured against Reading at the end of October, that opened the door for Davis to feature more regularly.

He was, however, left out of the matchday squad for Friday's draw at Fulham, with Adam Smith preferred at left-back and Davis used as the spare squad man at Craven Cottage.

Davis has had an interesting pathway in football up to this point. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Davis began at the famed Wallsend Boys Club, before moving to Morecambe's academy aged 16.

There he stayed until Leeds came calling in 2018, Davis progressing into the club's first-team squad under Bielsa and featuring 14 times across the Championship, Premier League and cups before linking up with Cherries.

Bielsa's coaching methods are well-known as high intensity, as seen by the way Leeds play.

Asked what life was like under the well-decorated 66-year-old coach, Davis told the Daily Echo: "When I came down here (to Cherries) I was used to quite intense training, so I settled in training quite well.

"But Marcelo, he’s very intense. He gets you running all day, training all day, he’s intense for 90 minutes every day, or even longer. Just like the 'murderballs' and that, it’s incredible."

The training method of 'murderball' has become much spoken about since Bielsa's arrival at Leeds, which is essentially an 11v11 drill where players must continually keep running until the boss decides to call a halt to the session.

"When I joined Leeds, he (Bielsa) had only joined two weeks after me," explained Davis.

"I didn’t have a clue. Because I only got put in with the under-23s at the start and then within six months, I got moved up.

"And that’s when 'murderball' hit me and I was thinking, oh my God! After my first murderball session, I slept for a good few days!"

Parker's training sessions have often been described as intense by Cherries players this season.

Asked how training compares between Parker and Bielsa, with Davis having successfully achieved promotion with Leeds under the Argentine, the defender said: "Intensity wise, both Leeds and Bournemouth press in the same manner, but it’s a different style of play what the manager here wants, which is what I want, what the gaffer plays here.

"Obviously I’d love to get promoted again to the Premier League with such a great club."

Davis will hope to be involved when Cherries host fellow promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (3pm).