MIDFIELDER Casper Sloth believes he has picked the perfect time in his career to make the move to Leeds United.
The 22-year-old Dane earned a standing ovation when he was substituted late in the second half in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bolton at Elland Road, applauded for his effectiveness as a number 10.
For the duration of his 78 minutes on the pitch, £600,000 looked like money well spent.
Sloth is happy with his decision to make the switch to Elland Road and, while he admits it was a move into the unknown, he was also coming to a country where he wanted to play.
“In Denmark you see a lot of the Premier League,” said Sloth. “Not so much of the Championship but every footballer in Denmark wants to play in England. It’s a massive football country.
“I knew that Leeds were interested in me for some time. I knew the club and their history and I wanted to be part of the project here. They’ve got a lot of new players and it seemed really interesting.
“With where I was in my development, I felt that I had to move on. It’s a good time and I’m satisfied to be at this massive club.”
Sloth was signed from Aarhus, the Danish club where he turned professional in 2009, making his debut in Denmark’s Superliga at just 17-years-old. His first full international cap came in March 2012 against England in a friendly at Wembley.
Aarhus were relegated last season, however, and Sloth decided that the disappointing term would be his last with the club. His contract was up next summer and Leeds reached an agreement with Aarhus on August 22. Sloth accepted the move, despite an approach from Evian in France.
“When I was hearing about Leeds interest, I looked at it and spoke to people and I felt that it was a really good match for me,” he said.
“There are a lot of new guys here, not only me, and that’s a good thing.
“It takes time to gel when you have so many new players and young players too, but I think it will be good here.”