What is not up for debate, though, is just how difficult it is for foreign players to adjust to the physicality and tempo of the English game. Alfred N’Diaye, however, has had no such problems following his loan switch to KCOM Stadium from Spanish side Villarreal in January.
The tough-tackling central midfielder, gaining his second taste of the English top-flight following a six-month spell at Sunderland, has quickly adapted to the pace of the Premier League in a black and amber shirt, with the 27-year-old believing he is well suited to the English football.
“The English mentality is so different to other counties when it comes to football,” he said. “It is a completely different game here.
“The game in countries such as Spain, France and Italy is more technical, but the tempo is much, much quicker in English football.
“I knew this when I came here though so thankfully it was not a surprise to me whatsoever. I knew what the competition was all about.
“You just have to adapt when playing in this country. I knew what I was coming into and I have enjoyed my time here to-date.
“I like the style of football played here. It’s suits my game. It’s very passionate, quick and you have to be willing to fight for everything. I like that and I think the qualities you need to be able compete in English football are good for me.”
N’Diaye was also pleased to be greeted by a familiar face in Oumar Niasse when he first arrived at the KCOM Stadium, and is delighted to see his fellow Senegalese international proving his doubters wrong by scoring goals in the Premier League.
“It has been big help – he is my friend,” he added. “I have known him for a long time and it is fantastic that we are both here at the same time.
“It was good to come here and see a familiar face straight away. He helps me, and I try to help him.
“It is great to see him with a smile back on his face and enjoying his football again, but more importantly it is fantastic to see him scoring goals.”