Nigel Clough believes Burton Albion's summer transfer dealings has given his squad good balance for the rest of the Championship season ahead.
The Brewers completed their business for 2017 by securing the returns of John Brayford and Will Miller on permanent deals on deadline day, before Rochdale midfielder Jamie Allen signed a three-year deal later on that night.
Skipper John Mousinho, meanwhile, departed for League One Oxford United and Damien McCrory joined Portsmouth on loan until January, a day after Jackson Irvine left for Albion's Championship rivals Hull City in a club-record deal for Burton.
Those moves ensured it was 12 players in and 12 out of the Pirelli Stadium since the end of last season, with Clough confident that his side are in a better position than they were 12 months ago, or even in May, when their Championship status was secured for another season.
Not that it has always been easy to get deals done this summer.
"We are happy with the numbers in the squad," he said.
"We've got three good goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders, five attackers, and that leaves us Joe Sbarra, Ben Fox and Shaun Barker just outside that.
"They will pretty much all be involved most weeks.
"It's a good balance. It's a good balance in terms of experience, positionally we have flexibility within that, so we are happy with the business that has been done."
Asked if he thought Albion possess a stronger squad than following the closure of the market last summer - when they signed Jamie Ward on loan on deadline day - Clough added: "Yes, I think we are, squad-wise.
"Whether that translates into results, we will wait and see, because the Championship is stronger.
"But I think it has been a struggle for a lot of teams to get players in.
"When Birmingham City came a few weeks ago, I was talking to Harry Redknapp and he said, 'we've got some money, we just can't get players in!'
"In the end, they've gone out and spent £11 million for three players from Brentford on the last day of the window.
"It's not easy attracting players to any club at the moment, but especially for us.
"It has been a struggle over the summer, but we said it wouldn't be until the end of the window that we'd have our squad in place.
"But now it is, we're happy with it."
One notable aspect of Albion's transfer business over recent months has been the return of former Brewers.
Luke Murphy - ineligible to play at Leeds United on Saturday - is back for a second spell on loan, Miller has returned permanently after impressing the Burton boss both on the pitch and during training last term, while Brayford and Jake Buxton are back at the club with whom they played non-league football before Albion's rise into League Two nearly a decade ago.
That familiarity will have a positive effect on the dressing room - and Clough says it is already taking effect.
"I know you can say we've signed a whole new team, but a lot of them have been here before and have experienced it," he added.
"You see Will Miller come into training yesterday and Monday, and it's as though he's just carried on from last season, as though he hasn't been away for three months.
"He's busy, scoring goals, he's a nuisance for the defenders.
"That sort of thing - you slot straight back in.
"Even Jamie Allen has as well, but it'll take him a bit of time to get used to the league and to the club."