Loads of Leeds fans have been reflecting on the weekend’s action before looking ahead to the clash with Reading, and they’re delighted with the debut of Aapo Halme.
Leeds’ remarkably bad luck with injuries continued over the international break, as Pontus Jansson, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Jamal Blackman joined the ever-growing injury list.
The triple injury setback meant debuts for both Will Huffer and Halme on Saturday, and fans are pretty happy with the pair’s performance.
Halme in particular looked solid, as the giant 6 ft 5 in youngster started alongside Liam Cooper in the heart of defence.
The 20 year-old didn’t have too much to do if truth be told, but he looked calm and composed in possession and certainly has the physicality to be a top Championship defender.
His lack of pace looked to be perhaps his only weakness, though plenty of top defenders have atoned for a lack of pace with great positioning and awareness.
Victor Orta took loads of stick for signing Halme back in January, but the Twitter reactions down below show he might have been right all along…
Huffer had good game but halme outstanding I thought not afraid to have ball at feet and won everything in air showed to be a very good talent
— robart beattie (@robartbeattie) November 25, 2018
Personally, I think he’s going to grow in to an extremely cultured defender. I wouldn’t dare say to what level he might play, but Inthink you’re looking at a player with more than just a tackle in him.
— Raf Raf (@pepper_rafa) November 26, 2018
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) November 25, 2018
Nice back up player to have. Played really well on his debut.
— Dale Reid (@DaleSpeedyReid) November 25, 2018
I can see him staying in with @PJansson5 looked great yesterday
— Stu-Asbo (@stuartasbo) November 25, 2018
Halme looked decent Rod. Didn’t panic and stroked the ball about OK. Solid in the air too. Couple of misplaced passes but that’s par for the course for a 20 year old.
— Klich The Bucket (@kilchthebucket) November 24, 2018
Halme payed well. Solid and neat performance.
— WeAllLoveLeeds (@AllLoveLeeds) November 24, 2018