Attack-minded Osei-Tutu could thrive as a right wing-back


Much has been made about Arsenal’s switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation and how it has helped to bring the best out of particular players.

One individual on the club’s books who would certainly benefit from playing in such a system is right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu.

Signed from Reading almost two years ago, Osei-Tutu has amassed a wealth of experience playing for Arsenal at U18 level in the ensuing period but the suspicion remains that the youngster, who was previously a winger, is much better going forwards than he is defensively.

Possessing pace and power in abundance in addition to a considerable amount of flair, Osei-Tutu can often be seen charging into the opposition penalty area, where he causes many problems, providing assists and winning penalties.

Defensively the youngster has shown some signs of improvement of late but he is often caught too far forwards, while he can struggle when one-on-one against wingers.

The right wing-back position seems perfect for Osei-Tutu as he could still contribute defensively but would have more licence to push forwards and show his attacking credentials.

Osei-Tutu has been a mainstay for Arsenal U18s this season but has yet to feature for the U23s in a competitive fixture.

That will surely change next season as he is no longer eligible for the younger age group and will instead be seeking to establish himself as a prominent figure for the second-string.

The U23s have continued to play with their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, but, should the senior side persist with playing three at the back next season, it seems likely that the youth teams will follow suit.

If such a scenario unfolds then it would benefit Osei-Tutu immensely and would greatly enhance his chances of succeeding in the long-term at Arsenal.

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