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Mykhailo Mudryk finds his niche in central role: Lee Dixon’s insight

Chelsea’s Ukrainian international, Mykhailo Mudryk, may have found his ideal position at Stamford Bridge, according to pundit Lee Dixon. During commentary of Chelsea’s 3-2 FA Cup victory over Leeds United, Dixon observed that Mudryk appeared more impactful in the central attacking role assigned to him by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The 23-year-old forward opened the scoring for Chelsea late in the first half. Despite Leeds’ equalizer by Nicolas Jackson, Conor Gallagher’s late winner secured Chelsea’s place in the quarter-finals where they will face Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

Lee Dixon’s expresses his views on Mudryk’s playing position

Mudryk has primarily played as a left winger since joining Chelsea. He looked less comfortable when he was pushed out wide after Gallagher’s substitution. Dixon, however, believes that Mudryk’s game is better suited to the central attacking role.

Dixon commented,

“I do prefer him in that 10, because I think when he goes wide, if you’ve got a clever full-back, however quick he is you can squeeze him out the game. In the 10, he can have a little wonder.”

Dixon also emphasized the value of having a player like Mudryk in the team, who can be given the freedom to express himself on the field. He said,

“Sometimes you need a player in the team who you can just let do what they want. Sometimes you need to carry them, and he has two midfielders behind him who can do that.”

Mudryk’s transition to life at Stamford Bridge has been tough. However, his performance against Leeds suggests that he may have found his niche in the central attacking role. With Chelsea set to face Brentford in the Premier League, Mudryk will be hoping that his display in the FA Cup has convinced Pochettino to keep him in the starting lineup.

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