Evans must now make another U-turn and sign another goalkeeper at Leeds

Leeds United need to make a move in the transfer market with Charlie Horton leaving the club.

Leeds United announced via their official website earlier on Monday that Charlie Horton has left the club.

Horton was Leeds' first summer signing, but has departed to return to America for personal reasons, with the club sanctioning his release.

He did not play a first team game for Leeds, but his absence could still be felt.

Horton was Leeds' back-up for goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, elevated to second choice with experienced stopper Ross Turnbull picking up a serious ankle injury which is likely to keep him sidelined until 2016.

Now Steve Evans has to act quickly with the transfer loan deadline expiring on Thursday, to add another option to their ranks.

Just earlier this month he said he had cancelled plans to sign a goalkeeper, because he was so impressed by Marco Silvestri.

He told BBC Radio Leeds, after the win over Cardiff City before the international break: "Playing like that I wouldn't wish to have another goalkeeper, so priorities in football always change from one week to the next."

Leading up to that game, the Whites had been linked with West Bromwich Albion stopper Anders Lindegaard, as reported the Express and Star.

Evans' confidence is Silvestri may or may not prove to be well placed, but ignoring the back-up situation has been an error.

Horton was the back-up, but he is unproven at Championship level, and so relying on him was a gamble which has backfired.

Leeds should have acted as soon as Ross Turnbull got injured, and now face a late scramble to bring in a new goalkeeper this week.

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