SOUTHEND United manager Chris Powell is reluctant to use Timothee Dieng in defence for the Shrimpers.

The Frenchman lined up at the back during the early stages of his career.

But Powell is keen to keep in the centre of the park if possible.

"Tim played at the back earlier in his career and it’s an option but we haven’t done it because I see him as a midfielder for us," said Powell.

"He can attack and defend and he’s shown people he’s a very, very good player.

"He will also get better as the season goes on."