Jordi Osei-Tutu started on the right-wing for VfL Bochum on Monday, as his loan club played their first match since parting ways with head coach Robin Dutt.
It wasn’t the easiest of starts to life after Dutt, with Bochum playing away to unbeaten promotion favourites Stuttgart. The 2-1 defeat was actually a fairly respectable scoreline, even if it does leave the team 17th.
The interesting part about the match was the way Bochum chose to use Osei-Tutu though. The Arsenal right-back had started the first two games of the season in his usual position, before moving to right-wing in a couple of substitute appearances.
It appears Osei-Tutu is now set to continue in a more advanced role, returning to the starting lineup at right-wing against Stuttgart.
The loanee had a mixed experience in the position. He created a couple of chances, more than anyone else on the team, won the ball back on a few occasions and completed two of his three attempted dribbles.
At the same time, the 20-year-old wasn’t involved in the game nearly as much as he’d want to be, only attempting 10 passes in total – completing seven. That was largely because Stuttgart dominated the match, but Osei-Tutu will still want to have more of an impact next time.
It’s positive that Osei-Tutu is back playing from the start again though, particularly after the coaching changes.
There’s always a worry with loanees that a manager leaving could result in even fewer opportunities to play. The early signs suggest that’s not the case here.