James Morrison accepts the competition for places at West Bromwich Albion means there are no guarantees he will be in the first team.
Morrison earned an instant recall to Roberto Di Matteo's starting XI following his suspension for a red card at Liverpool back in August.
Since returning from a three-match ban almost two weeks ago, the 24-year-old has come into form and scored the equalising goal against Bolton in the Baggies' last Premier League outing.
But the former Middlesbrough performer knows he cannot take his place for granted with the midfield options Di Matteo now has at his disposal.
"It is pretty intense so you've got to be on your game," Morrison told the club's official website.
"I think you've just got to take it on the chin if you're not selected.
"It's hard to do but we're all good players and there are many games ahead."
Morrison has labelled new West Brom team-mate Paul Scharner "Mr Moanivator" but hailed the impact the former Wigan midfielder has made at the Hawthorns.
Albion are unbeaten since Scharner joined on transfer deadline day, with Morrison playing alongside him.
Morrison, currently on international duty with Scotland in the Czech Republic, revealed the Austrian has made his presence felt both on and off the pitch.
"He's a bit of a weirdo," Morrison joked. "He has come in and done well as we've got results.
"I think his experience helps.
"He does love a moan and he gets on people's nerves for moaning!
"But he has lots of experience and you can't take that away from him."