Karl Hein’s Arsenal debut didn’t go to plan against Brighton & Hove Albion, but the 20-year-old could soon find himself back in action for Mikel Arteta’s side.
With Aaron Ramsdale and Matt Turner both away at the World Cup, Hein is set to be Arsenal’s only senior goalkeeper available for their friendlies during the international period, with the Gunners set to face teams such as Lyon and AC Milan.
Hein has prior experience of first-team football – he played five senior games for his previous club Nomme United, has 16 caps for Estonia and caught the eye during a loan spell at Reading last season that was disrupted by injury.
Despite the difficulties that he endured against Brighton, Hein retains the backing of Arteta and these friendlies could be an opportunity for him to showcase his talent.
What will happen with Hein in the long term is rather less clear. It is common for young goalkeepers to be loaned out on numerous occasions and it’s possible that Hein could go down that route.
One problem that Hein has faced this season has been a lack of consistent game time at any level due to the fact that he has only been available intermittently to play for the U21s due to him training and travelling for the first-team.
Perhaps spending the entirety of next season on loan and playing regularly will be productive for Hein.
In the long term he faces a battle with Arthur Okonkwo, who has received a lot of praise this season for his performances on loan at Crewe Alexandra.
Whenever he gets an opportunity, Hein will be determined to show his ability, although it is clear that he needs to be playing regularly in order to make significant progress.