Jordi Osei-Tutu began the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest. Yesterday, he was the hero of the hour for Rotherham United as they won the Papa Johns Trophy in dramatic style at Wembley Stadium.
The versatile full-back was introduced as a substitute during the tie. Rotherham trailed 1-0 and 2-1 during the showpiece final but Osei-Tutu watched his name into Millers folklore.
With the game edging towards a famous win for Sutton United, the Arsenal loanee struck. He found space on the left-hand side of the penalty area and smashed his effort high into the top corner.
That sparked pandemonium in the stands and left Sutton in tatters after a workmanlike shift from the League Two outfit.
Rotherham won the game 4-2 in the end but it was Osei-Tutu who had given Paul Warne’s men another 30 minutes to get the job done.
Osei-Tutu was unfortunate with injuries during his time at Forest. The 23-year-old managed just four appearances for the club and his loan was terminated by Steve Cooper in January.
The talented Gunners performer did manage to get hooked up at Rotherham though and he’s doing well under Warne’s stewardship.
He has made seven appearances for the South Yorkshiremen and they are looking a good bet to make an instant return back to the Championship.
Forest fans should be pleased for Osei-Tutu
The young defender was really unlucky at Forest. as ha lay stricken on the turn clutching his ankle during a 2-1 win over Hull, the frustration was clear on his face.
No player wants to spend time out injured and Osei-Tutu was desperate to make an impact on the Forest team earlier this season.
Yesterday was the youngster’s just rewards. It was a handsome moment for a player who has fought back from injury twice already this season.
Osei-Tutu was arguably the right player at the wrong time for Forest. Both Djed Spence and Max Lowe have proved better options at full-back and letting him return to Arsenal was the right thing for all parties.