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Leeds decision to let Aapo Halme join Barnsley doesn’t look so bad now

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Leeds decision to let Aapo Halme join Barnsley doesn’t look so bad now

Aapo Halme was one of several players to exit Leeds United this summer, as he moved on to Yorkshire club Barnsley to continue his time in English football.

The defender had just an 18-month spell at Elland Road after joining from HJK Helsinki and spent a lot of time with the club’s youth team.

But the 21-year-old did make five senior appearances for the Whites and they all came under manager Marcelo Bielsa last season.

The colossus centre-back featured in four Championship matches, while also scoring against QPR in an FA Cup tie.

Halme hardly set the world alight during his first-team games, but didn’t look out of place and seemed a decent upcoming talent potentially for the future.


His departure this summer certainly raised a few eyebrows, especially as Bielsa’s squad is now short of genuine centre-back options.

Liam Cooper and Ben White are looking impressive in the heart of defence, but behind them there is only really versatile defenders such as Gaetano Berardi and Leif Davis.

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It looked a slightly risky strategy to offload Halme this summer, but he’s had a terrible start to life at Oakwell and it looks slightly more justified now.

Halme made his Barnsley debut on Tuesday night in the first round of the Carabao Cup and his Championship team were beaten 3-0 by League Two opposition Carlisle United.

The young centre-back gifted the opponents an opening goal when the ball slipped through his legs to gift an attacker with a one-on-one chance.

He had a torrid night defensively and it looks like he is down the pecking order at Barnsley, so Leeds fans shouldn’t be disappointed about losing him.

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