The 20-year-old goalkeeper said: “He was about 30 minutes down the road and he had an academy out there which has since closed. But he saw me there and, before I first signed at Peterborough, I was heading to Spurs with him. He had kind of taken me under his wing. I didn’t end up going there but he’s a good friend and he’s a good guy.”
Friedel, who retired from professional football earlier this season, has enjoyed a long and successful career in English football.
He is well respected in international football, and having seen the talent in Horton, it must be evident that Leeds have signed a real talent.
There are no indications as to why he did not move to White Hart Lane, with Spurs being the club Friedel was turning out for when he recognised Horton’s talent, but he ended up securing a transfer to Peterborough.
From there, he moved on to Cardiff City, before agreeing the switch to Championship rivals Leeds which was confirmed yesterday. He has yet to make a competitive appearance at club level, although he has been capped three times for the United States Under-23 side.
Friedel clearly saw something in Horton which made him recommend the youngster to a Premier League club, and if the 20-year-old can enjoy the same kind of career as the USA legend, Leeds have just made one of the signings of the season.