He's very promising, but at 19 he's just a kid - keepers aren't anywhere near their best until their late 20s.
As long as people don't expect too much too soon, he's great to have as a clear no.2, and to sell one of our joint no.1s.http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=soccer/05/01/20/SOCCER_Leeds_Carson.html&TEAMHD=soccer
Leeds' young goalkeeping star Scott Carson will join Liverpool within the next 24 hours due to his desire to play being more important than pay.
Not even the wealth of Roman Abramovich has been able to tempt Carson to Chelsea, with Liverpool beating their Premiership rivals to the signature of the 19-year-old, who would have been out of contract at Elland Road this summer.
After making an initial bid of £250,000 a fortnight ago for Carson, one which was flatly rejected by Leeds, it is understood Liverpool have significantly upped their offer.
The Reds are believed to have agreed a figure of around £750,000 for the England Under-21 international, with add-ons taking the sum up to the £1m mark.
With Championship side Leeds still crippled by debt and facing administration, the cash will come as a much-needed boost, even if manager Kevin Blackwell is losing another of the club's promising young players.
Carson is apparently due to undergo a medical with Liverpool today before then agreeing personal terms on a four-and-a-half-year contract.
That is not expected to be a problem as Chelsea were willing to offer Carson a lucrative deal over the same period of time, with the road to such riches an attractive one.
However, it is understood Carson felt his opportunities would have been limited behind the sensational Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge.
After savouring Premiership football last season with Leeds, playing and distinguishing himself against Manchester United and, coincidentally, Chelsea at a time when former goalkeeper Paul Robinson was suspended, Carson would like to shine again at the highest level.
With Chris Kirkland likely to be out for the rest of the season with a back injury, and Jerzy Dudek attracting criticism for his inconsistent performances, there may be the chance for Carson to prove himself with the Reds sooner rather than later.
Should Carson pass the medical, and it is anticipated there will not be any problems, he will become Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez's first signing from outside Spain.