What does Ben White deal mean for Aapo Halme at Leeds?

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...

Leeds United signed the big defender 18 months ago.

Luke Freeman of QPR, Jamie Shackleton of Leeds (46) and Aapo Halme of Leeds (52) during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on January...

Leeds United's Director of Football Victor Orta pulled off a triple swoop on Monday.

The Spaniard brought Jack Harrison, Ben White and Liam McCarron to Elland Road in a mix of loan and permanent deals.

The first two are on loan from Manchester City and Brighton respectively, and the addition of White is interesting.

No doubt Leeds need a few centre-backs this summer and bringing in the 21-year-old is a good start, but could it have negative implications on forgotten defender Aapo Halme?

 

The Finnish mountain, who stands at 6'5, offered a glimpse into his exciting future with a series of impressive displays alongside Pontus Jansson last season, but he hasn't played for Marcelo Bielsa since January and the addition of White should have him sweating a bit.

They are both the same age and you wonder why Orta would bring in a young and promising central defender if he and Bielsa intended to promote Halme for the upcoming season.

It's plausible that if the big man had a breakthrough season ahead for Leeds, White wouldn't have been recruited and, be it a loan or a permanent switch, his future in West Yorkshire seems up in the air now.

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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