Manchester United new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled when he first arrived in England. Despite his big money fee from Dortmund, Jose Mourinho resigned him to a bit-part role, and people began to wonder if the transfer had been an expensive mistake.
But now, after a settling in period, the pacy Armenian midfielder is lighting up the league. Mourinho recently revealed he was protecting Mkhitaryan by not playing him, and it's something the player seems to agree with.
When asked about the differences between the German and English leagues, he revealed that he had to step his game up a level to compete with the Premier League's physicality.
"When I watched the Premier League on TV, I would not have expected it to be so hard," Mkhitaryan told German media outlet Bild.
"The opponents are all physically strong, they are real athletes. That was not the case in Germany. You have to be prepared for this. But I have prepared myself.
"I have also informed myself about the history of England and Manchester. I wanted to know how people live here, what drives them. To this I naturally analysed English football. It was important to be mentally ready."
If Mkhitaryan's recent performances are anything to go by, he's more than got the grips with our game.