Pochettino happy to play £89m player out of position. Should he do it against Brentford?

Mykhailo Mudryk
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Mykhailo Mudryk has struggled to shine for Chelsea, since making a move worth around £89m to Stamford Bridge.

Mudryk has always been deployed on the left wing for Chelsea, but he hasn’t really been at his best.

Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino tried something different against Leeds United, as Mudryk was deployed in a No.10 role behind Nicolas Jackson, with Madueke and Sterling on the flanks.

The move worked out, as Mudryk performed well and even got on the scoresheet.

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Pochettino opened up on the decision to play Mudryk in a new role, saying: “I think it was a good opportunity with four offensive players, like Madueke, Sterling, Nico and him, to try and find and help him to be involved in the game and be more connected.I was happy.

“He finished the game on the left side, no? But for him it gives him different opportunities to feel the game and to help him be connected with the team.

“It was a position that forced him to be more involved and read the game in a different way than when you play on the left side.”

One would wonder if Pochettino will do same against Brentford.

Mykhailo Mudryk has registered just five goals and five assists in 44 appearances for Chelsea so far.