Leeds United goalkeeper Charlie Horton has revealed his career aim in an interview with NBC Sports for five years from now.
Horton was recently announced as Uwe Rosler’s first permanent signing as Leeds United head coach and he’s provided an insight into the ambition he has, as he looks to get stuck into life with the Championship giants.
“In five years’ time I would like to be playing and have claimed a first-team spot in a top league. Hopefully that is with Leeds and we take that team to the top,” he said.
“I would just like to be well into my career and have the respect and admiration from those around me. I think it’s great to be a great player but it is also important to be respected by your colleagues.”
It will be extremely encouraging for Rosler and the club’s immense support base that Horton is harbouring such a big and bold ambition.
Where Rosler has to step in and urge the player to be careful, is in terms of not getting too far ahead of himself.
His immediate aim will be to graduate out of the Leeds under-21 side, where he’s confirmed he’ll start life at the club, and challenge current Leeds number one Marco Silvestri for his position.
If he can make a positive impression under Neil Redfearn in the youth ranks, he’ll have a good coach urging Rosler to give him some game time in the first team.
One of the only ways that Horton can progress and improve is if he’s given a chance at some point in the senior ranks, where he will be subjected to a higher level of pressure and quality in competition.
Rosler is certainly someone who should recognise that.