Martin Jol is delighted with the form of January loan signing Emmanuel Frimpong, and is happy with the selection headache he faces after making a number of deals in the transfer window to increase competition in midfield.
The London club brought in the 21-year-old from the Gunners as well as Urby Emanuelson and Eyong Enoh on temporary deals to add depth to a squad that was previously stricken with injuries.
With Mahamadou Diarra and Simon Davies remaining on the sidelines, the three midfielders have given the Dutch coach options in midfield which he is more than happy to welcome ahead of a tricky trip to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
"Frimpong is getting better and better," he told the club's official site. "I think he did ever so well when he played for us against Norwich City. We had one or two players who had to leave the hotel [before the match] so he had to play from the start and he did well. He's fully fit now so he can play from the start if I want.
"I think Sunderland away is a game that suits him, but it suits Urby as well and Enoh is there and it suits him as well because he's a similar player to Frimpong. Giorgos Karagounis can play that role, as can Steve Sidwell, so I've got a few choices."
Jol also revealed midfielder Simon Davies is also fit enough to make a comeback, but such is the strength of his current squad that there is now strong competition to even get back into the match-day squad for the Cottagers.
"Simon Davies is close to coming back," he continued. "He's fit, actually, but I have a lot of players now - 24, 25 players - so the decision is whether I put him in the squad because I've got four or five options on the flanks. It was not a decision against him but I couldn't involve him as I had too many players."