Marcelo Bielsa praises Leeds United youngster Aapo Halme

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United at DW Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Wigan, England.

Aapo Halme is playing well for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United at the moment.

(L-R) Kaj Sierhuis of Netherlands U19, Aapo Halme of Finland U19during the UEFA EURO 2017 qualifying match between Netherlands U19 and Finland U19 on March 23, 2017 at Sportpark Marsdijk...

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has spoken highly of Aapo Halme to Leeds Live.

Halme has made one start and one substitute appearance in the Championship for Leeds so far this season, playing a total of 133 minutes, according to WhoScored.

According to WhoScored, the youngster has made 1.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 3.5 clearances and one block per game as average, and has a pass accuracy of 81.8%

Bielsa has been impressed with the performances of the 20-year-old Finland Under-21 international central defender.


“He has done balanced games,” Bielsa told Leeds Live about Halme. “He is duty player. He does what the team needs from him.

“He took his responsibilities when he had to play instead of Cooper. It was a tough game and he gave a good performance.”

Leeds United's Aapo Halme vies for possession with Sheffield United's David McGoldrick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on...

Promising young talent

Halme is a very talented and promising young defender who has a bright future ahead of him.

The Finnish youngster is not flashy and does not try to do something he should not; instead, he executes his role as instructed and does not take too many risks.

Promotion challenge

Leeds are second in the Championship table at the moment with 39 points from 20 matches, just a point behind leaders Norwich City.

The West Yorkshire outfit will take on Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 01, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

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