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.

Jordi Osei-Tutu (Photo via Twitter / ArsenalAcademy)
Jordi Osei-Tutu (Photo via Twitter / ArsenalAcademy)

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.