Leeds United announced their first signing under the reign of Uwe Rosler when they confirmed the arrival of Charlton Horton yesterday on their official website.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper won’t be the highest profile player to arrive at Elland Road over the course of the summer, but he represents an exciting trend which could develop with Rosler in charge.
Rosler deserves credit for identifying a player who not only represents long term potential for the club, but also someone who could ultimately make one of his more important first team stars a better player.
Marco Silvestri will have to be at the very top of his game, because Horton is a young player who will be very keen to get a chance to play for one of the biggest clubs in the country.
With the greatest of respect to the experienced Stuart Taylor, Silvestri was always relatively secure in terms of his first team place last season, but Horton seems to have the character to push the Italian all the way as he looks for a chance.
Leeds have been able to boast about a very strong group of younger players over the last couple of years and while it’s important to improve the first team, it’s also important to improve the youth ranks.
If the current youngsters at Thorpe Arch are complemented effectively with some new signings, it increases the size and the quality in terms of the extra options Rosler will have to call on throughout the season.
It could have been very easy for the German to come into the club and overlook the youth section because of the pressure of getting the first team into a position where they can compete in the top six of the Championship.
However, it should be extremely encouraging that Rosler is looking to improve the youth ranks, with more experienced players likely to arrive when the transfer window opens on July 1.