Surely it doesn’t get sweeter than this: the centre of attention in a team huddle, surrounded by proud and jubilant team-mates and all after you’ve just scored your second Bundesliga goal at 17. Welcome to Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp’s world.
Shortly after the final whistle sounded out inside a highly-charged Volksparkstadion, HSV’s ecstatic players gathered to feed off the fans’ euphoria, be inspired by the words of their new teen hero, and savour only a third win of the season. Stuttgart were the victims, with Arp adding the finishing touch to a 3-1 triumph that lifted the Red Shorts out of the relegation zone.
A striking phenomenon at youth level for club and country, the Bundesliga tyro has embarked on a senior career that promises so much. Already the first millennial to appear in Germany’s top-flight, Arp became Hamburg’s youngest-ever goalscorer after netting a volley against Hertha Berlin on Matchday 10.
And his latest feat had teammates thrilled. Indeed, to a man, Hamburg’s senior pros demonstrated that joy in emotional scenes that will live forever in Arp’s memory and among those who were there to witness this terrific tribute.