Karl Hein has been named Estonia’s Young Player of the Year after impressing between the sticks for his country.
The 19-year-old first came to prominence at international level in late 2020 when he picked up the man-of-the-match award on his debut in a 1-0 UEFA Nations League defeat to Georgia and he’s made 11 further appearances, including clean sheets in World Cup qualifiers with Wales and Belarus.
After featuring for the Arsenal first team in pre-season against Hibernian, Hein signed a new contract at the Emirates in September and was on the bench for the Premier League defeat at Brentford and the League Cup win over Wimbledon.
Should Bernd Leno leave next summer, Hein and Arthur Okonkwo, who was promoted to the first team in the summer, will be angling to be the club’s second choice keeper behind Aaron Ramsdale.
First, Hein has to recover from injury. He’s been sidelined since mid-November and isn’t expected to be back in action until January.
Congratulations to Karl, who appears to have won €300 as part of the prize, and best of luck with the recovery.