JUSTIN Kluivert is more than happy that his performances in a new position have benefited Cherries, stating: “I just adapt myself to where I’m useful for the team”.

Cherries and Kluivert return to action this weekend when they travel to the north to face Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm), In the reverse fixture Kluivert was deployed in the number 10 role for the first time, helping his side to a 2-0 win over the Toon.

After the experiment proved successful against Newcastle, Iraola retained the Dutchman in the hole during a purple patch of form that saw Cherries pick up 19 points from a possible 21.

Kluivert started in all but one of those seven fixtures, rested for the 3-2 win away at Nottingham Forest.

Reflecting on the last encounter with Newcastle, Kluivert told the Daily Echo: “I think that was the first game to be fair, where I played in the number 10 and it felt quite good.

“The following games we were in a good feeling and momentum.

“I’ve been playing the number 10 ever since then, I think.

“I just adapt myself to where I'm useful for the team. And if that's the number 10 position, it’s that position.

“If it's on the wing, this is the position I played my whole life, left wing or the right wing.

“Those are more natural.

“But I'm still learning the 10 position, and I'm hungry to learn this position.”

Despite Iraola waiting until October to deploy Kluivert in an unfamiliar role, the idea had been floated about earlier in the season.

“I had spoken with him also earlier in the season about positions and stuff,” continued the Dutch international.

“Of course it was for the winger, especially on the left, but also we spoke about the 10 position, that it will suit me and also the team maybe if I could play there.

“I think the Newcastle game, we tried it and it ended up well to be fair, and we had a very good run with me at the 10.

“So you could say that it's good for the team and I'm looking forward to play there many more games, but of course I would love to play on the wing also.

“But I give my 100 per cent where the coach wants me and nothing less.”

Asked if a second victory against Newcastle could be a catalyst for Cherries to go on another run of strong form, Kluivert concluded: “A win always helps the feeling in squad.

“We will look for a win away and nothing less.

“That's the mentality that we have, we want to win and we will give 100 per cent for sure.”