Fulham defender Zdenek Grygera admits he faces a race against time to get up to speed in the Premier League.
The summer signing from Juventus made his first appearance in England's top-flight against West Brom last month, and helped keep another shut-out in last week's derby drubbing of QPR.
Boss Martin Jol admits it will take time for his foreign imports to adapt to the pace of the Premier League.
And the Czech, who only signed a one-year deal at Craven Cottage with a further year's option, knows he needs to adjust as quickly as possible.
He said: "The football is different. It's much faster than Italian football, which is more tactical.
"I don't know how long it will take me to get used to it, but I hope it's not more than one year!
"I feel good and am happy with how it's going so far."
Grygera played at centre-back in last month's Carling Cup exit at Chelsea, but switched to right-back against the Baggies and QPR.
However, the 31-year-old insists he's happy to play anywhere across Fulham's backline.
He added: "My best position is right-back or left-back but I can also play in the centre."