Technically, Leeds United’s highest ever scoring Finnish player. Above erm, I think, Mika Vayrynen and Mikael Forssell (no one check that). Aapo Halme looks set to be leaving Leeds United on a permanent transfer accoring to reports in the Finnish media.
The reports, though in Finnish, say that Barnsley is Aapo’s destination and though the exact financial package is not revealed, it’s likely that selling to a team within the division will not be a cut-price deal.
Aapo Halme joined Leeds in January 2018, as an unknown youngster from Helsinki and has since been a regular in the more than successful U23s side and also played a respectable part in the first-team in the 18/19 season. Making his debut during the injury crisis in the 2-0 win over Bristol City back in November.
Halme then started and would go onto even score against QPR in the Third Round of the FA Cup, though unfortunately it would prove to be fruitless as the youthful Leeds side fell to a 2-1 defeat down in London.
Since then, Halme was a regular name on the bench for Leeds, though his minutes were few and far between. It would be unfair to judge Aapo on the amount of football we saw him play and even now it’s impossible to say how the Barnsley move will end up. A young defender moving to a foreign country and being asked to play in such high pressure games was always going to lead to some initial apprehension and perhaps even nerves in his games.
Maybe Barnsley will be a nice little gig for him to find his path in English football.