Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal explained how he has embraced the challenges of playing against the top sides in the Premier League.
The Israel international has appeared against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, as well as Southampton in his four matches of the campaign so far, and believes the only way to approach the contests is head on.
He said, "After my chat with the gaffer I felt I probably need a run of games first, but every child dreams of playing in these big matches.
"It's a tough ask against hard teams with high quality, but then it's about you. Are you going to fight against them?
"It's hard against these teams, especially away from home, but hopefully I'll get the opportunity now and play some games as well at home and then I can show more and more - I think I can still bring a lot to the team."
Kayal is currently the only Israeli player plying his trade in England’s top flight with Tomer Hemed away on loan at QPR in the Sky Bet Championship, and he spoke of his pride at his achievements to date.
"I am proud for myself and my family. They did everything possible to bring about this situation – but the most important thing for me is to keep working hard.
“My dad is here in Brighton at the moment, he was an ex-footballer and he said you probably need to train more in the Premier League.
"I said it's not just about training, you need to know more about staying in this league - some players were saying after the tough time I had that I would probably want to go somewhere else, playing week in and week out, but I believed my chance would come and everyone has seen that now.”
With his fellow Albion countryman away on loan in west London, Kayal spoke highly of the forward’s abilities and the relationship that the pair share.
"He is still in Brighton and moves to London next week - we still meet sometimes in the afternoon. Nothing can beat that feeling when you are here with him.
"Obviously I am friends with everyone, but we both share the same language, and have had some similar experiences.
“He is obviously a big miss for me but he wanted to go and to play, because he is not going to get the chance here. He is happy, so I am pleased for him."