As part of Leeds United’s restructuring last season, director of football Victor Orta brought in young talent from across Europe to supplement the under-23 side.
One such player was Finnish youngster Aapo Halme. Leeds snapped up the towering 6ft 4in defender from HJK Helsinki in January on a four-year contract.
Of the many youngsters brought to Leeds, Halme was one they felt had the best chance of progressing into the seniors.
Unfortunately, it did not appear that way for much of last season. Halme was rarely seen for the under-23s. The Finland youth star picked up a serious foot injury early on and had to undergo surgery in London to correct the problem.
However, he has recently returned to action after nearly 10 months and Leeds fans have been impressed with his displays.
Halme put in impressive performances against both Bolton and Nottingham Forest’s youngsters recently, with Leeds fans impressed by his stylish defensive play.
He has also been recalled to the Finland under-21 set-up at the first opportunity. He will meet up with his nation for games against Lithuania and Georgia during the upcoming international break.
It certainly appears that the Finnish star has a chance to become a Leeds star in the future. If he keeps those injury problems in the rearview mirror, Leeds can hope to see him progress in the near future.