Pogrebnyak - I'm not afraid

New signing looking forward to getting started with Fulham

Pavel Pogrebnyak: Fulham's new Russian signing is not afraid of playing in the Premier League

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Fulham new boy Pavel Pogrebnyak insists he is not afraid of the challenge of adapting to the demands of the Premier League.

Pogrebnyak joined the Cottagers on a six-month deal from Stuttgart last week and is hoping to receive a work permit in time to be available for Saturday's game against Stoke City.

The Russian has seen compatriots Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrey Arshavin struggle to make a sustained impact in English football in recent seasons.

However, while the 28-year-old is aware it will be difficult adjusting to a new style of football, Pogrebnyak is looking forward to what lies ahead.

"It will also be difficult for me but I'm not afraid," Pogrebnyak told Sport-Express.

"I have to build into a new team and learn a new type of football. I have to be collected but my mood is manful."

Interesting

The forward has been signed to replace Bobby Zamora at Craven Cottage and he is keen to get started with manager Martin Jol and his new team-mates.

He added: "When the coach worked in Hamburg, I remember that he wanted me to sign for his team. I've talked to him on the phone recently and he told me where he'd like me to play on the pitch.

"I watched Fulham on the television and it's true that it's a team that likes creative football and it has some really experienced players.

"It'll be interesting for me to play there.

"Up front there is Johnson, Ruiz and Dembele, and the top goalscorer is Dempsey from the US. In midfield there are two seasoned players Murphy and Duff."