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.
Thought Halme had a superb game when he came today. Well played young man #lufc— Debbington (@DebsHLUFC) December 8, 2018
Aapo Halme > Paolo Maldini— David Moulés (@moulesy23) December 8, 2018
Impressive Cameo for him & absolutely no Halme done— paul warrick (LUFC) (@paulwarrick3) December 8, 2018
Crikey - just how big is Aapo Halme! He marshalled Matt Smith really well at the end. Looks decent! #lufc— BREXIT WATCH (@LOLFOOTY2014) December 8, 2018
I like the look of Halme....good to see him win more than a few headers against Smith. You do have to say that Bielsa's in game management is phenomenal #lufc— Mark Philmore (@IdlePastimes) December 8, 2018
Halme was magnificent when he went on too, deserves a mention #LUFC— Matty Ingham (@matty_ingham17) December 8, 2018
Aapo Halme is looking tasty. Really like him. #lufc— Daniel Kilburn (@BurnfaceRovers) December 8, 2018
Forshaw was brilliant today and when he came on Halme was superb! Did everything required of him! #lufc— Super Leeds United (@superlufc1919) December 8, 2018
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.
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