Cameron Jerome insists he is not frightened by the competition for places at Stoke and that he is thriving on it.
Jerome marked his debut for the Potters with a goal as they drew against Dynamo Kiev in their opening Europa League Group E clash.
The former England Under-21 international was dovetailed in attack by Kenwyne Jones, but Tony Pulis also has Jon Walters and Peter Crouch in his armoury.
It is the type of competition that brings out the best in players and the 25-year-old believes it is certainly having that effect on him.
"I knew the challenge that I was facing when I came here because Peter signed on the same night and that was one of the attractions," he told the club's official website.
"There is competition for every place in the team and that sort of competition brings the best out in the players. It's certainly a challenge I am relishing."
Jerome was denied a winning start to his Stoke career when his opener was cancelled out by Ognjen Vukojevic's 91st minute equaliser.
Despite the Kiev goal dampening the sheen from a professional outing in Europe for the Premier League side, Jerome still extracted the positives from the display.
"The important thing is that you have to take your chance when it comes along which is why it was nice to score on my debut," he added.
"But it was just as pleasing to come here and get such a good result in tough circumstances."