West Brom boss Steve Clarke welcomed the recent international break more than most Premier League managers.
His West Bromwich Albion side currently sit bottom of the Premier League table and brought in four players on transfer deadline day.
While most managers are left frustrated as large numbers of their star-studded squads jet off around the world, Clarke couldn't have been happier.
He told Sky Sports: "This year the international break came at a good time. Last year we were a bit disappointed it came when it did because we had started well.
"It's nice to have got a little breather, with a number of boys away on international duty and after having a busy transfer deadline day."
The Baggies travel to Fulham on Saturday hoping their new signings can make an instant impact and help them pick up a first league win of the season.
Clarke said: "The deadline day was good for us. We've got some good players in and hopefully that will show very quickly in the results.
"We've been looking for more creativity and we have to rectify that in the coming games and hopefully we'll see some positive signs on Saturday of what we've been trying to do on the training ground."
The international break allowed Clarke, who guided West Brom to eighth place last season, to spend time with some of his new signings and he's certain they'll improve his squad.
"Camp, Anichebe and Amalfitano have been able to train with the group. We're definitely in a better place as a squad. We're stronger and competitive," he added.
Although the four new signings could all feature at Craven Cottage, Matej Vydra, another summer signing, is likely to miss out due to a hamstring injury along with James Morrison, who has yet to recover from the groin injury which forced him to sit out Scotland's World Cup qualifiers.
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