New Leeds United goalkeeper Charlie Horton told the club’s website that he doesn’t see initially being confined to the club’s under-21 side as a problem.
The youngster was confirmed as a new signing for the club yesterday following his release from Cardiff City and the club’s head coach Uwe Rosler will be delighted with the way the player sees his role at Elland Road.
“The blessing for me is that I’m only 20 years old so I can still play reserve games in the Under-21s league,” he said.
“But, at the same time, Uwe and Rich both know that I want to push Marco and try to lay claim to whatever I can. My job is to continue my development and then hopefully push whoever is in front of me. Hopefully, at some point, I will get the opportunity to show what I can do.”
It’s a shrewd move by Rosler in the transfer market and certainly not the sort of signing that some fans would have been expecting as the German’s first in charge.
However, it’s a transfer which is aimed at not only providing an alternative to Marco Silvestri in the first team, but also helping maintain the impressive quality levels running through the youth section of the club.
Weaker individuals may have been angry over being confined to the under-21 ranks on first joining the club, but Horton rightly sees it as an opportunity as he looks to develop into a more complete goalkeeper.
He can work on various aspects of his game and get into a position where he is sharp and ready to really push Silvestri, which will in turn help to raise the performance levels of the Italian shot stopper.
It’s another small step in the right direction.