Popov joined the Baggies last month on-loan from Dynamo Kiev.
âGoran is under no illusions,â said Clarke. âHe knows he is coming in to fight for a place in the team and all the players now, after the start weâve had, realise that they have to fight for their place in the team.
âAs long as the competition is healthy then it can only be good for the club.
âIf the team is performing well and getting results then the players not in the team will be disappointed but theyâre not stupid.
âThey understand that they have to wait for their chance. And it will come because itâs a long season.â