By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to express their confusion at the continued absence of January signing Aapo Halme from the club’s Under-23s team.
The centre-back was once again absent from the 16-man squad for Friday afternoon’s Professional Development League encounter against Nottingham Forest at Thorp Arch.
Leeds selected a team announced on their official Twitter account that included three members of the senior side who were thrashed 4-1 against Cardiff City last weekend.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) February 9, 2018
United announced on their official website and social media channels at the start of January that Halme, 19, had secured a switch from Finnish league champions HJK Helsinki for an undisclosed fee and settled the terms of a four-year contract.
✍️ | #LUFC are pleased to confirm the transfer of 19 year old Aapo Halme from Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a four year contract
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 3, 2018
The 6ft 4in defender previously played for FC Honka and Klubi-04 but moved to HJK in 2015. He has represented Finland at Under-19s level and was a member of the Helsinki side that won the domestic league last October.
The giant centre-back has linked up with Leeds’ Under-23s squad despite making 36 senior HJK appearances for the recently crowned Finnish champions.
Supporters were hoping to get a good look at Halme in action but his mysterious absence has left them scratching their heads on social media.
Here is a selection of the best messages on Twitter:
Anyone know what’s happened to Aapo Halme?
— David Guile ???? (@ellandduck) February 9, 2018
Where’s Aapo Halme?
— Morten Veland (@mortenvel) February 9, 2018
Involved tomorrow could be a guess considering all the defenders we are missing
— mathew hibbert (@matteohib94) February 9, 2018
Where’s the Finnish lad popey? Halme?
— Bobby (@bobby_wilson1) February 9, 2018
Still no Halme. Is he injured, or just bad?
— Дас Майки Бой (@mikeopinions) February 9, 2018
I read Halme is injured.
— Stephen Foster (@stephenfoster81) February 9, 2018
Where is the Finnish lad Halme?
— John Waite (@waiteyleeds) February 9, 2018