Leeds fans react to Aapo Halme performance

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Aapo Halme only had nine minutes to impress for Leeds United on Saturday, but impress he did.

Leeds United's Aapo Halme and Kalvin Phillips battle in the air with Bristol City's Josh Brownhill and Tomas Kalas during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bristol...

Leeds United centre-back Aapo Halme is winning hearts and fans at a rapid rate.

The 20-year-old defender was only given a nine-minute cameo in Saturday's 2-1 win over QPR, but he played a very important nonetheless.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa threw Halme - who stands at 6'5 - into the action on 81 minutes after Steve McClaren introduced 6'6 striker Matt Smith.

But the Finland Under-21 international expertly dealt with the threat of Smith at a time when the Londoners looked like potentially returning down South with a point.

 

It was an excellent performance under plenty of pressure, and here's how some fans of the Elland Road reacted to the youngster's commanding display.

Halme, who now has three Championship games under his belt, joined Leeds from HJK Helsinki in January but only made his senior debut last month, after injuries derailed his start to life in West Yorkshire.

He was always supposed to go straight into the Whites' Under-23 side anyway, but his performances of recent weeks indicate that he was too good for youth level.

Bielsa's side sit second in the Championship with a five-point cushion in the automatic promotion places.

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...

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