Jordi Osei-Tutu made his comeback to the VfL Bochum team last week, playing his first game under Thomas Reis, so we got a match report on his performance from Bochum themselves.
After featuring in all five of Bochum’s opening games of the season, starting three times, Osei-Tutu immediately dropped out of contention when new boss Thomas Reis took over. He failed to feature for a single minute in four consecutive games, despite making the bench on every occasion.
The right-back had a chance to prove himself in a recent friendly against KFC Uerdingen over the international break, and the people behind the VfLBochum1848EN Twitter account gave us their thoughts on his performance.
VfL Bochum 4-2 KFC Uerdingen
Jordi Osei-Tutu played a full ninety minutes in his return to the first team line-up when VfL Bochum 1848 played KFC Uerdingen in a friendly match during this week’s international break.
After being left out of the first team lineup for all 5 of new manager Thomas Reis’ competitive matches, the Slough-born youngster was eager to make an impression, and this was evident in his incisive and direct attacking play throughout the fixture.
Deployed at right-wing for the first half, Jordi caused the opposition left-back a number of issues, as well as testing the KFC keeper from distance twice.
In the second half, with the score locked at 2-2, Reis moved the 21-year-old back to his natural position of right-back, where his solid defensive work ensured a second-half clean sheet.
Yet despite his defensive positioning, Jordi produced the standout attacking moment of the match midway through the second half, when he collected the ball deep in his own half before playing a one-two with captain Anthony Losilla before driving past the opposition players with immense speed.
He left four players in his wake, before dribbling past another after crossing the halfway line. Another burst of speed saw the Arsenal loanee motor past two more defenders, leaving him with just the onrushing goalkeeper to beat.
His shot, low to the left, produced a super save from goalkeeper Königshofer, but the parry fell to the feet of fellow Bochumer Thomas Eisfeld, who tapped the ball home into an empty net to extend the home side’s lead to 4-2.
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) October 10, 2019
An outstanding piece of play from Jordi, and a goal would have been more than deserved.
The performance from the highly-rated fullback has also seen calls for fans for him to get more game time in the 2.Bundesliga. We all await manager Reis’ decision for the next match against Karlsruher SC on Sunday 20th October.