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Burnley News: Dyche happy to play Hendrick at No10; Lowton values Bardsley influence

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is happy to field Jeff Hendrick at No10 when needed.

The 26-year-old has dropped into a central midfield position recently with Dyche reverting to a 4-4-2 for the past two league games, with Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes up front.

“Without going too deep about it, the number 10 is played in different ways," said Dyche.

“You can have a defensive number 10, you can have a number 10 who's a creator, you can have a number 10 who's in there to sit on their deep lying midfielder, which a lot have now, or to break off their deep-lying midfielder into the pockets.

“So there's many different ways of playing it. He (Hendrick) is more of a running number 10, he'll join in, back the play, recover when he needs to, rather than a technical number 10 who we know there's many of around the world who more or less wait in the slot and you get the ball to them.

“Jeff will go and work for the ball. But he is learning it better. And that is part of what we do, it is adapt players to roles that we think are needed for the team."

Meanwhile, Matt Lowton appreciates learning from experienced fullback Phil Bardsley.

“He's played a lot of games in the Premier League, so for me working alongside him it's going to help, it's going to help everyone," Lowton told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

“You see it in training, he's always committed, he's always working hard and it shows over a long career and a long period of time that is how he's managed to play so many games.

“His attitude towards the game is great, he doesn't come in and not do things right, it shows to people like me that you've got to keep doing it your whole career and never just have the attitude of 'I've played so many games so I deserve to be here'.

“You have to keep on it day in and day out."

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