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Leeds defender Aapo Halme needs a loan move after lack of progress

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Leeds defender Aapo Halme needs a loan move after lack of progress

Aapo Halme is an upcoming talent at Leeds United that has had a brief taste of first-team football with them and has been developing with the Under-23s side too this season.

He is a colossus 6ft 5in defender that moved to Elland Road in January 2018 and is tipped by some for a big future.

The 20-year-old has made five senior appearances for the Whites this campaign across all competitions, with four of them coming in the Championship.

But the centre-back has usually been overlooked by senior boss Marcelo Bielsa and has not been involved in a match day squad with the first team since February.

 

The Finland Under-21 international is a monster in the air and has shown he’s fairly composed on the ball, but is quite far down the pecking order under Bielsa when it comes to preferred options in the heart of defence.

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With Leeds potentially playing in the Premier League next season if they can get over the line for promotion, it seems like Halme is set to continue on the sidelines and have to make do with youth football.

But the defender has shown enough promise to suggest he could be good enough in the future and the only way he’ll fully develop is with regular senior football.

Leeds should send Halme out on loan during the 2019/20 season, regardless of whether the Yorkshire club are promoted or not.

He’s not quite been able to make the progress this campaign that some may have expected, while the centre-back duo of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper don’t look like shifting anytime soon.

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