Horton explains what he wants to happen when he breaks into Leeds first team

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Leeds United goalkeeper Charlie Horton appears determined to not look back once he's broken into the first team.

Leeds United new boy Charlie Horton has explained on the club’s website why he’s willing to be patient over forcing a chance under Uwe Rosler at Elland Road.

Horton became the first signing of the Uwe Rosler era at Leeds and he’s explained what his approach will be as he looks to remove Marco Silvestri from the number one role at the club.

“For me, it’s been about continuing my development and the areas of my game which need improvement, so when I do get that opportunity and when a manager puts their faith in me, I’m ready to grab it with both hands and not look back,” he said.

“I’m hoping to continue that work to get to the point where the gaffer and Rich and the coaching staff come to a decision where they think maybe I am now ready and I can crack on.”

What are his main challenges?

His first challenge will be to get fully fit in pre-season.

The dust has long since settled on the confirmation of Horton’s move and he’s had a long time to think about the pre-season period with Leeds.

One of the first ways he can look to get himself ahead of Silvestri in the pecking order is by showing a superior fitness in training sessions.

He’ll need to handle the pressure well

Leeds United is a massive football club where pressure is a word attached to every level of the side.

He may start in the under-21 ranks but the standards of the club’s younger players in recent seasons had been superb and is something that he’ll need to adhere to.

When he’s in the first team, the intensity increases and he needs to ensure he’s in a good frame of mind and a good place to cope.

What’s encouraging is that he seems determined to work hard on his weaknesses so that when he does get into the first team, he makes it difficult for Silvestri or anyone else to take his place.

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