Charlton’s Zheng: Premiership has taken my breath away

He said: “Getting used to this level of intensity is the biggest challenge for me and any other Chinese players wanting to follow me over here.

“Once past that, I don’t see very much of a problem in any other areas.

“In China, it’s a bit slower and there is not such a high level of intense confrontation.”

He added: “It doesn’t matter whether you are from Asia, Africa or Latin America. They have good players from everywhere playing here.”