Asamoah Gyan has insisted he does not feel under any extra pressure as Sunderland's record signing.
The Ghana international joined the Black Cats from Rennes over the summer for a fee of £13million.
Such a hefty price tag fuelled high expectations and he has adapted well to the Premier League, scoring eight goals to date.
Gyan accepts there will always be critics waiting to say that he is not worth what Sunderland paid, but remains determined to repay manager Steve Bruce's faith.
He said: "I like to be myself. I play my game. The price tag, the manager just saw that in me.
"He wanted to bring me at all costs to Sunderland and finally, they made a deal.
"It's a challenge for me. It shows the quality they have seen in me, so I am happy to have signed.
"Football is not about talking, it is demonstrated on the field. I don't believe in talking too much."
Gyan's most recent strike salvaged a late 1-1 draw against local rivals Newcastle on Sunday, even if there was an element of fortune about his equaliser.
The Black Cats were all at sea and never looked like rescuing a point until, with time and hope fast running out, Steve Harper could only parry Phil Bardsley's driven injury-time shot and the ball reared up, hit the unwitting Gyan on the chest and looped into the net.
Gyan said: "In football you need some luck in a difficult game, and finally we got a goal."
With disaster narrowly averted, the Black Cats head for Blackpool next weekend on another revenge mission after passing up a host of opportunities against the Seasiders last month before losing 2-0.
"We were unlucky last time. We dominated the game, but all of a sudden, we lost," said Gyan.