Jordi Osei-Tutu made another start on Friday as VfL Bochum continued their unbeaten run since his return to the team.
Osei-Tutu got a start for Bochum against FC St. Pauli on Friday, his seventh consecutive appearance in the lineup. It’s a big change from January and early February, when the 21-year-old wasn’t even making it into the squad.
Since the right-back’s return to the team as a substitute against Dynamo Dresden on February 22nd, however, Bochum have gone on an unbeaten run. 15th-placed and on the back of four losses in five games at the time, they’ve since won four and drawn four.
Osei-Tutu certainly played his part in that, scoring three goals and assisting one from the right-wing. Bochum are all the way up to 6th in the table at the time of writing, albeit having played a game more than a few below them.
Their latest win came over St. Pauli, and Osei-Tutu played 93 minutes before coming off as a substitute. His biggest impact was in winning free-kicks for his side, earning six on his own. He also made a tackle and a few interceptions on the defensive end.
Playing a rather isolated role in the current setup, Osei-Tutu does end up taking a lot of risks, which somewhat hurts his statistics. He completed two of seven dribble attempts on Friday and 74% of his passes.
But that’s just part of the job, and coach Thomas Reis is clearly happy with the work he’s doing in general. The longer he can stay in the team, the better his chances of getting a shot with Arsenal next season.