Josh Sargent marked his Bundesliga debut for Werder Bremen in style — by scoring with his very first touch.
The 18-year-old United States international was in Werder’s squad for the first time as it hosted Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.
Coach Florian Kohfeldt turned to the teenager, who has shined for Werder’s second team this term, in the 76th minute with his side 2-1 up at Weser-Stadion.
And within two minutes Sargent was celebrating a dream Bundesliga debut after sealing all three points for his side.
1 – With his very first touch in the #Bundesliga, @joshsargent scores his first Bundesliga goal. Joy. #SVWF95 pic.twitter.com/OvQlBrc1Gh
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 7, 2018
Davy Klaassen’s whipped cross found Martin Harnik and, although Michael Rensing blocked the effort, the goalkeeper’s intervention flung the ball into the air.
And Sargent was on hand to head the ball into the open goal from three yards out to open his account in the Bundesliga.
beginners luck #werder #3points pic.twitter.com/G57NZVl6TL
— Josh Sargent (@joshsargent) December 7, 2018
Sargent, who made his United States debut in May, will look to follow in the footsteps of international teammate Christian Pulisic, who has helped Borussia Dortmund top the Bundesliga table.
Pulisic, 20, is considered one of the hottest young talents in world football and has been linked with Premier League clubs Chelsea and Liverpool.