Southend United manager Phil Brown says having a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s game with Accrington Stanley is a welcome one.
Michael Timlin will be the only senior player unavailable for selection on Saturday when Blues make the journey to the Crown Ground to get their season started.
Blues’ boss says he’s delighted to have decisions to make ahead of the game against James Beattie’s side.
He said: “It’s a very welcome problem for any manager. There will be some disappointed faces on Saturday but there will also be XI very happy ones.
“It will be up to them to prove they are good enough to stay in the team and keep their place for the Stevenage game the following weekend.
“I will change things around for the cup game against Walsall, but for the first game against Accrington, it’s great to have everyone but Tims available.
“We’ve come through a very tough pre-season in great shape and the lads are all raring to go. I know whichever eleven start the game will give it everything they’ve got.
“It will be great, as manager, to be able to look at the bench and see plenty of quality on there to come on and have an impact on the game.”
Not only does Brown have decisions to make personnel wise, Blues’ boss has also tested a few different formations during pre-season.
He added: “The 3-5-2 we played against QPR worked very well, so that’s an option for us over the course of the season.
“I’ve already made up my mind that we will go to Accrington looking to attack, but of course, we know we can switch easily between 4-4-2 and 4-3-3.”