Leeds United's Pascal Struijk moves a step closer to first team

General view outside Elland Road as fans arrive at the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on February 13, 2019 in Leeds,...

Leeds United are reportedly letting Aapo Halme go.

A general view of Elland Road as play continues in the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on December 8, 2018 in...

Leeds United are ready to sanction the departure of Finnish prospect Aapo Halme.

Finnish outlet HS reported that Halme is set to move to Barnsley on a three-year deal.

Halme was used as emergency centre-back cover last season, and acquitted himself well.

 

Manager Marcelo Bielsa evidently has other plans, and Halme will join Hugo Diaz and Paudie O'Connor in being the third talented centre-back Leeds have let leave Elland Road this summer.

The right and wrongs of those decisions can be debated, and odds are Leeds will regret at least one of those departures.

But their exits can work in somebody's favour, and that player could be Pascal Struijk.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Signed from Ajax in January 2018, Struijk played a key role in Leeds' under-23 success last season.

He was behind Halme in the pecking order and the Finland under-21 international's departure helps Struijk out.

Struijk deserves to be given an opportunity this pre-season to show what he can do. 

General view outside Elland Road as fans arrive at the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on February 13, 2019 in Leeds,...

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