Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Return to right wing bringing the best out of Osei-Tutu

There may have been a lengthy break, but Jordi Osei-Tutu continued just where he had left off for VfL Bochum as football in the German second tier returned today.

The Arsenal loanee had started Bochum’s previous two games before the break on the right wing, scoring in one of them, and he was deployed in that position again for the game against Heidenheim.

Osei-Tutu found the net with a neat finish, which came after he had temporarily moved over to the left flank, with his side running out 3-0 winners.

The youngster has mainly been deployed as a right-back for Arsenal at youth level and has certainly made considerable improvements since his arrival from Reading almost five years ago.

It is clear, though, that he is also capable of producing much good work in the final third of the pitch. Osei-Tutu possesses impressive technique, pace and power, and, while he can’t exactly be described as a prolific finisher, he is, as he demonstrated today, capable of finding the net on some occasions.

Osei-Tutu’s season at Bochum hasn’t gone entirely to plan as he has found himself out of the side at various points of the campaign, but he now looks to have secured his place in the starting lineup on the right flank.

It was as a right winger that Osei-Tutu first came to Arsenal’s attention when he was playing for Reading at youth level, and he certainly hasn’t forgotten how to perform well there.

In addition, some of his best performances for Arsenal at youth level came as a right wing-back in the 2017/18 campaign when he helped the U23s to win the Premier League 2 campaign.

Osei-Tutu has yet to make his competitive debut for Arsenal, although he has featured in friendlies and has also made the bench.

He still reportedly has another three years on his contract and it remains to be seen what will happen with him this summer, but Osei-Tutu is certainly making the most of his time at Bochum.

Jeorge Bird is the author of www.arsenalyouth.wordpress.com Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird

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Maul Person

Felt he should have stayed to deputise at RB when he was loaned out. Glad he’s coming good and that this improvement could be good for Arsenal, especially in that position.

Artetas Assistant

Football is barely about positions. Just like Life and other partnerships, it’s simply about role playing for your team. What you need is energy and intentionality and your application is limitless.


So… I heard Mikel is hiring…

Artetas Assistant

Sounds dope. A lot of our kids will stay with us now because we now have a well-developed, developer father figure as manager now

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