Blackpool summer recruit Ludovic Sylvestre believes his new side should not feel out of place in the Premier League.
The Seasiders begin their top flight adventure against Wigan on Saturday boosted by the arrivals of Sylvestre and three fellow signings in the form of Craig Cathcart, Eliot Grandin and Malaury Martin.
Sylvestre, 26, joins from Czech outfit Mlada Boleslav and reckons the new-boys should not be overawed by the enormity of the task they face in staying up.
And he believes their unlikely play-off triumph over Cardiff last season - coupled with hard work - can help them prove their detractors wrong.
Sylvestre told isport.blesk.cz: "In my opinion the Premier League is the world's most difficult competition. Each player, who gets there, can be proud of himself.
"They have a strong team. After all, they managed to win the demanding second English division.
"If there are no stars to lead the team, then we must rely on good team work. I don't think that Blackpool should get lost among the elite English clubs."
Manager Ian Holloway has worked tirelessly to strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign and he will be relieved to have added to his ranks ahead of the season.
Holloway made light of criticism regarding his transfer dealings over the summer in a typically jovial fashion and Sylvestre is aware of his new boss' character.
But he also believes the 47-year-old has a strong footballing nous to have secured an unlikely promotion for Blackpool, who were written off as relegation fodder in the Championship last year.
Sylvestre added: "I have also heard something about him here and there. He really seems to be a funny chap, although myself I have not got to know him that way so far.
"The fact alone that he has managed to get a club with unknown players into the Premier League shows he is a big expert."
The former Barcelona youngster confirmed he had offers to join other clubs in England, but he revealed: "Blackpool have been the most attractive option and they have been serious in talks, that is why I have signed with them."