Karl Hein may not have kept a clean sheet on Tuesday night, but he won plenty of praise from those watching the game in a crucial win.

Karl Hein playing for Reading FC during Peterborough United v Reading on 16-02-2022 (Photo via ReadingFC.co.uk)
Karl Hein playing for Reading FC (Photo via ReadingFC.co.uk)

Arsenal 19-year-old Karl Hein joined Championship strugglers Reading on loan in the January transfer window, and he’s quickly made it into their starting lineup.

Hein’s spell in the team began with a couple of narrow defeats, but they’ve since turned things around to draw one and win two, their longest unbeaten Championship run since September.

The Arsenal goalkeeper was on the winning side again on Tuesday, a 2-1 victory in which he made seven saves.

Andy Preston of Wokingham Today wrote that he “would probably just about give [Man of the Match] to Karl Hein, came up with some important stops”.

Preston gave Hein an eight out of 10, adding that the keeper “made some excellent saves including one from Hernandez and another from Lyle Taylor. Would have had a clean sheet had it not been for a freak goal.”

That freak goal came after Hein tipped a cross-shot onto the post, only for it to bounce into the net off Reading defender Tom McIntyre.

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Karl Hein after signing his new Arsenal contract (Photo via Arsenal on Instagram)

Talk Reading wrote on Twitter that “Karl Hein came up with some important saves again. Looks a very assured goalkeeper for a 19-year-old”.

Another fan added that “Karl Hein should have a clean sheet. Excellent performance from him tonight”.

Hein did already keep a clean sheet for Reading against Peterborough, the team’s first clean sheet since October 16th. But given that came in a frustrating 0-0 draw, the 2-1 win probably feels a bit sweeter.