Chloe Mustaki would prefer to be on TV for excelling on the pitch - and that will come again - but for now, as she recovers from injury, she is quickly establishing herself as one of the country's leading pundits on women's football.

Ask the Dubliner how she ended up in front of the camera and she will probably say that it happened completely by accident. Sometimes opportunities present themselves at the most unexpected time but making the most of them is essential.

Mustaki had hoped that this would be the year when she finally won her first Republic of Ireland Women's National Team cap. She was certainly in Manager Vera Pauw's plans and had been training with the squad ahead of the Greece game in March when she suffered a bad injury.

It was a cruel blow for Mustaki, who had been playing with Charlton Athletic following a move to London, and was pushing hard for inclusion in that EURO 2022 qualifier. It wasn't the first set-back that she has experienced in her career, so typical of her fighting spirit she immediately set out on the road to recovery.

In between sessions in the High Performance Institute, she was given a break on TV, ironically covering the Ireland Women's Team. The call from RTE was unexpected but she has taken it all in her stride and showed that she belongs in that arena due to her knowledge of the game and ability to explain it to others.

Making the switch to being in front of the cameras, under the studio lights, should not be underestimated. Being put on the spot, knowing that a national audience to watching you, can be quite daunting and it takes time to feel comfortable in that position. But credit to Mustaki as she has made it look easy - even if she might be rattling with nerves underneath, she has maintained a cool exterior.

Whether she has been covering the Ireland Women's National Team or the Women's National League, Mustaki has slipped into a groove where her positive personality comes across along with her smooth delivery of analysis. It is a bonus for the broadcasters to have someone who is still very much involved in the game able to articulate what it all means.

On Saturday, Mustaki will be part of the punditry panel for RTE's coverage of the FAI Women's Senior Cup Final. She is getting better with each broadcast and her inclusion will certainly benefit the programme considering her experience of playing for Peamount United, UCD Waves and Shelbourne. She knows this League, knows these players and, crucially, can talk about it all in a way that informs & entertains.

While she will be keen to get back onto the pitch soon, there is no doubt that Mustaki is the newest star of women's football coverage in this country.