TOM Ince has welcomed the extra competition since Stephen Dobbie returned to Blackpool.
Pool’s squad was already crammed full of strikers before the Swansea frontman joined on loan.
Now boss Ian Holloway has a real dilemma ahead of Saturday’s teatime showdown with Southampton, with Dobbie eager to make his full bow.
But Ince, who himself is expecting a recall after being rested at Reading, says having another rival up front is what it is all about.
He said: “I’m happy Stephen has joined. I don’t get worried about competition – it is healthy and exactly what you need.
“We have a lot of striking options and that can only be good for the club in terms of where we want to go.
“Everyone knows they need to be on the toes now and have to train well to get in the team.
“If you get selected, you have to show in games why the gaffer has given you the shirt. “The more options we have for the remainder of the season the better.”
Dobbie last started a game on New Year’s Eve, when Swansea drew with Tottenham.
But he insists he is ready to step in against the Saints.
“My fitness is fine. I have been playing reserve games up to this point and so I feel ready to start if the gaffer needs me,” said the frontman, whose first loan spell at Bloomfield Road ended in promotion two years ago.
“It has been great this week, turning up to training and being with the lads ... it feels like old times.
“Going into Squires Gate is just like it always was and the lads have been terrific.
“I know the style of play and I know what the gaffer wants from me, so hopefully I will be able to step in and help this team make the play-offs, just like last time I was here.”