Speaking to the official Leeds website, Uwe Rosler has admitted that Charlie Horton has been signed to play in the first-team, and will be a future Whites number one 'keeper.
Rosler said: “He has very good potential and will be a future number one. He will travel with us for pre-season – he’s a first-team player playing in the Under-21s. He has tremendous potential. Richard knows him very well and we need that sort of positive character to be the best that we can be every day in training.”
Horton arrived at Elland Road from Championship rivals Cardiff City, becoming Uwe Rosler’s first signing of his reign at the Yorkshire-based club, and it a surprise that Rosler rates him so highly, despite his young age.
A tall goalkeeper, Horton is just 20-years-old, and already plays for the US Under-23 side. He played for Peterborough prior to his time with Cardiff, although he has yet to make a first-team appearance for either of his clubs.
He arrives at Elland Road to train with the first-team set-up, and likely compete with Marco Silvestri for the starting stoppers role, although the Italian is sure to start the campaign with the number one position.
Being as young as he is, it is not a surprise that Horton has yet to make a competitive appearance, and it is likely that he will feature rarely for the Whites this term as he grows into his role under the tutelage of Silvestri.
However, he is clearly thought of highly by Leeds goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis - who worked with him at Cardiff - and fans will be hoping that Horton delivers on Rosler’s belief that he will be a future number one at Elland Road.