Davide Santon feels he has started to find his feet in English football, with the physicality of the Premier League taking him time to master.
The 20-year-old full-back arrived at St James' Park over the summer with high hopes for the challenge that awaited him on Tyneside.
After bursting onto the scene at Inter Milan, he suffered a dip in form and confidence and felt the time was right to make a fresh start.
Things have not gone entirely to plan for the Italy international since linking up with the Magpies, with a knee injury ruling him out of action shortly after signing for the club.
He has, however, worked his way back to full fitness and has forced his way into Alan Pardew's plans over recent weeks.
Santon is pleased with the level of performance he has been able to put in, with it always going to take him time to grow accustomed to the demands of Premier League life.
He told the Evening Chronicle: "I have a great relationship with my team-mates. I am enjoying it here.
"I now realise that the game in England is more physical compared to Serie A, and I have adapted to that. I feel it's going well for me."
Santon credits Pardew with helping him to settle, with the Magpies manager boasting the same desire to win as a certain Portuguese coach he worked with during his days at Inter.
He said: "Alan Pardew and Jose Mourinho are totally different. But in their own ways they are very good managers.
"And like Mourinho, the manager at Newcastle has always got that will to win every game and take the club forward.
"I like working with the manager at Newcastle. He has placed trust in me and I hope I can return that trust by playing well in the next few games."