Erik Pieters believes Stoke will have an improved 2015/16 season because of the number of international players in their squad.
The Potters had 10 players representing their countries during the most recent international break. but have only managed two points from their first four games, despite a number of notable off-season acquisitions in Xherdan Shaqiri, Marco van Ginkel and Ibrahim Afellay.
Mark Hughes’ side next face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and Pieters believes the squad will benefit from the influence of their international coaches when the Premier League resumes this weekend.
“It says a lot about the club that we have so many who play for their country,” the 27-year-old full-back told BBC Radio Stoke. “It is very important to have players going away on an international break.
“When you play for different managers they can teach you different things. When you play international football, you get that experience.”