Loads of Leeds fans have been reacting to their historic win on Saturday, and they’re delighted with the performance of Aapo Halme.
Leeds won at Bramall Lane for the first time in over two decades on Saturday afternoon, but it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park.
Liam Cooper left in the first half with what looked to be a serious knee injury, and 20 year-old Halme was thrust into an electric atmosphere for just his second Championship appearance.
Despite a couple of dodgy moments, the youngster now has two clean sheets in his two appearances, and fans are impressed by his display under pressure on Saturday.
He nearly scored in the first half, won two aerial duels, two tackles and also made three interceptions and four clearances.
The youngster wasn’t perfect, but he completed 76 per cent of his passes, a higher number than first team regulars like Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich.
Victor Orta took loads of stick when he signed the unknown youngster for just £500,000 in January, but judging from the Twitter reactions down below that might have been a stroke of genius from the transfer guru…
Funny how Sharp instantly wanted to play off Halme but spent the rest of the game in his pocket lol. Big game by the young lad #LUFC
— Adam Floyd Thomas (@adzng5) December 1, 2018
Really pleased for Aapo Halme. Not an easy baptism for him, but stayed strong. We’ll done fella! Also great pressing from young Clarke… that name does ring a bell from somewhere!? ?#Lufc
— Dave Taylor (@percypiper2) December 1, 2018
An unsung hero today was young Halme. Came on to replace Captain Cooper with Leeds under pressure early in the game. He put in a big shift to see us through. #mot
— Leeds Utd RMC Qld (@LeedsUtdQld) December 1, 2018
Massive for Halme to come on in that game. Chuffed for him.
— Gary Devonport (@DingleburtDev) December 1, 2018
Halme had a couple of dodgy moments but seen Sharpe bully young centre backs and Halme was having none of it. Will get much better with experience. Another Orta find for £500k or thereabouts. #lufc
— Adam (@Hertswhitelufc) December 1, 2018
Word for Halme who was far from the best player on the pitch but could have easily crumbled under the pressure of a derby and didn’t. Saw off Sharp for the most part #lufc
— Martin Atkin (@MrMartinAtkin) December 1, 2018
Brilliant performances from our youngsters Jack Clarke and Aapo Halme. Pablo is the ? Jansson defensive masterclass and Stuart Dallas proving all the doubters wrong he’s a top top player. End of #LUFC
— Jake Edwards (@JakeEdwardss94) December 1, 2018
Halme Jansson and Phillips unreal ?? #lufc
— CJ ? (@BazingaCJ) December 1, 2018