Leeds United sold the mountainous defender to Barnsley this past summer.
A former Leeds United player made a big impression on Friday night.
The Whites sold Aapo Halme to Barnsley in July and the big Finnish centre-back had perhaps his best game for his old club’s Yorkshire rivals’ 2-2 draw at home to Bristol City last night.
The 21-year-old, who stands at 6’5, was superb at both ends of the field and scored on 77 minutes to pull one back for the Tykes, who were losing 2-0 in the final quarter.
Halme, who now has two goals this season, briefly played for Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa last term, clocking 142 minutes across four Championship appearances.
Here’s how some Barnsley fans reacted to his display against the Robins.
bambo n halme deffo, halme my mom tonight— Dean Tykester Holden (@thetykester) November 1, 2019
Tell ya what. I like Halme me he looks a good defender him, when his confidence is solid then he’ll be worth millions— Silk. (@Silk1491) November 1, 2019
The central defender for Barnsley Halme I am sure will play at a higher level. https://t.co/ERiRZfQZ61— ken gray (@kengray03725070) November 1, 2019
Smashing header, poor defending but the connection from Halme is magnificent.— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) November 1, 2019
Deserved that Halme been our best player by a mile— Geoff Bailey (@Geoffthetyke) November 1, 2019
Also need to praise Halme. He had such a tough debut but has responded really well and looks 1 of better players. Back 3 covers his slight lack of pace and he’s now started to score goals.— Doug O’Kane (@dougokane88) November 1, 2019
Aapo Halme is criminally underrated as well, unreal centre back— Frosty (@kallum_frost) November 1, 2019
This one might well come back to bite Leeds.
You could understand United’s decision to sell if they were flush with centre-back options, but it’s precisely the opposite.
Gaetano Berardi, a full-back by trade, has been playing in the absence of Liam Cooper in recent weeks, while Kalvin Phillips dropped into central defence last season.
Halme was one of several central defenders who the Leeds boss parted company with during the summer – Pontus Jansson being the most high-profile one – and it could come back to haunt the Elland Road side.