Jordi Osei-Tutu continued his impressive recent run in the VfL Bochum team by setting up another goal in a win over Osnabrück on Saturday.
Starting at right-wing for the eighth match in a row, Osei-Tutu helped give Bochum a first-half lead by forcing an own goal. He raced in behind the opposition left-back, rode a recovery challenge before cutting the ball back into the six-yard box.
With Bochum striker Manuel Wintzheimer waiting to tap the ball into an empty net, Osnabrück defender Lukas Gugganig panicked and tried to intercept the pass, only to score it himself.
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Though he won’t get an official assist on his record, Osei-Tutu clearly did all the work for the goal. He can add that to his three goals and one assist in his previous seven starts for Bochum. In fact, the team are unbeaten when he’s playing in 2020.
Osei-Tutu’s performance against Osnabrück was typical of his recent displays. He started on the right-wing, but tactically switched to the left for long periods of the game too.
The loanee was their main outlet on the counter-attack, often using his pace to latch onto long balls from the goalkeeper. After that, he was free to try things, taking players on and getting the ball in the box.
It doesn’t always work, but Osei-Tutu is in the team to take those risks. Right now, it’s working out often enough to keep Bochum winning. Thomas Reis’ side are up to sixth, and under no threat of relegation anymore.
If Osei-Tutu can keep up this strong end to the season, Arsenal might think about working him into their plans for next season.