Karl Hein is just 18 years old but the Arsenal goalkeeper has now been capped by Estonia at senior level on five occasions.
The shot-stopper, who is in his third season at Arsenal, was involved for Estonia against North Macedonia today and made some impressive saves during a 2-1 defeat.
Hein is established as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper at U23 level, except for the occasions when Matt Macey drops down from the first-team, and the youngster has made good progress during his time at the club.
There is still much work to be done as Hein is capable of making avoidable errors at times but he possesses much in the way of potential and in that regard he resembles a young Wojciech Szczesny.
Whether Hein will be able to match Szczesny by having a lengthy career at a high level remains to be seen but he is certainly heading in the right direction.
Having previously trained with the first-team on many occasions, he was an unused substitute in the Europa League game against Dundalk recently when Macey was out injured.
If Macey was to leave next summer and Deyan Iliev departed as well then it is possible that Hein could be promoted to the first-team squad as third choice goalkeeper.
However, it would perhaps be more beneficial for him to head out on loan and gain further experience of senior football.
Arsenal have other talented young goalkeepers at their disposal. Arthur Okonkwo falls into that category but his progression has slowed a little of late. After missing the entirety of last season with a health problem, Okonkwo recently found himself left out of the U23 squad due to a disciplinary issue (which is why the U23s were without a goalkeeper on the bench for the recent game against Manchester City).
That has benefitted Hein further and he is now looking to push on even more.