SOUTHEND United manager Chris Powell wants to be given a striker dilemma following tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy clash at Luton Town.

Powell has opted to use Simon Cox as a lone striker for the Shrimpers in the past two games.

But Cox will miss the trip to Kenilworth Road with a knee problem while Timothee Dieng, who has been playing in an advanced midfield role, is rated 50/50 for the second round clash.

Powell will therefore be forced to make attacking alterations with Theo Robinson and Shawn McCoulsky favourites to be included.

And Powell is keen for them to make the most of the opportunity.

“I want those coming into the team to give me a problem,” said Powell.

“They have had opportunities already but I make decisions and set up the team the way I see fit.

“But if they are given an opportunity I hope they take it.

“Strikers also want to show what they can do and get goals and I hope that happens.”

McCoulsky, who is on loan from Bristol City, started well with the Shrimpers scoring four goals in his first two starts.

But the 21-year-old has mainly been used off the bench since then, making 14 substitute appearances.

McCoulsky has yet to start a League game for the Shrimpers but Robinson has been handed more opportunities to impress.

Robinson has made 11 starts this term but has been on the bench for Blues’ last two games.

Powell could recall the striker this evening and is keen to progress in the competition.

“We’ve got to do our best to get a result and I know the club hasn’t gone beyond this stage for a while in the Checkatrade Trophy,” said Powell.

“We need to focus on this game and do our best to go through.

“For many reasons we want a result and those fit lads who get the shirt have to go out there and give their all.

“I want them to play the football I want to see and eradicate the individual mistakes which have led to goals.

“It’s been an up and down season but we want to make this an up.”

Powell has added Michael Klass and Reniei Batlokwa to the squad for tonight’s encounter while Isaac Hutchinson will keep his place.

But Powell could call upon other youngsters, including 17-year-old striker Charlie Kelman.

“There might be one or two interesting youngsters involved in the game,” added the Shrimpers chief.