Charlie Horton moved to Leeds United from Cardiff City.
Speaking to the official Leeds website following his transfer to Elland Road, young goalkeeper Horton has explained that the Whites’ preference to play young players is one of the key reasons he secured a transfer.
He said: “I think it says a couple of things about the club and the ownership that they’re not afraid to push young talent, which for me is huge, especially in my position. I think it’s good because it’ll mean we have a lot of energy and now it’s our job to put that energy in the right places.”
Horton completed his transfer earlier this week, securing a move from Championship rivals Cardiff City.
Due to his young age, Horton is just 20, it is expected that he will feature for the Under-21 set-up next season, whilst training with the first-team to provide competition and occasional cover for first-choice Marco Silvestri.
Head coach Uwe Rosler will be looking to continue the tradition of utilising young players at Elland Road, with the likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor all set to retain their key starting roles next season.
Horton has arrived at a club with a preference on playing young players, and whilst the American youth international has not progressed through the Leeds academy, he is in the same boat.
He is young for a goalkeeper, and would not be expected to be a first-team player for a number of years yet, but if he can put in impressive performances at reserve level, Horton can be sure to feature for the Yorkshire-based club this term.
Of all the sides that the stopper could have secured a move to, as a young player with a wealth of potential, Horton may just have made the best decision of his career by signing with Leeds United.