Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray admits that it would have been frustrating for Royston Drenthe and Hallam Hope since signing in the summer.
The duo both signed on loan, but have found their starting chances blocked, with appearances limited to fleeting substitute displays.
Drenthe signed on loan from Reading, whilst Hope completed a temporary move from Everton and Gray admits they would have been hoping to see more regular first team football.
“Any player that you bring into a club wants to play,” he said to the Sheffield Telegraph. “It’s been frustrating for Royston and Hallam. They have had to bide their time."
“But credit to the lads who have been in front of them. They have grabbed the shirts and kept a hold of them.”
They have been kept out of the team due to the form that the Owls have shown over the opening course of the season.
Tipped as relegation strugglers by many, Wednesday have emerged as the Championship's surprise package and there is already talk of a potential promotion push.
Although the club are currently lurking just outside the Championship playoff places they will be aiming to make up the ground in the coming weeks.
Wednesday have gone four games without winning, in all competitions, in recent weeks, so they will be aiming to get back on track after the international break.
The absence of games has not come out a bad time for the side, who will be able to reflect on their start and work on areas that need improvement.
They will be hoping to show their advancements in their first game back, too, when they take on Watford next Saturday.