West Ham forward Freddie Sears admits he may have to go back out on loan to get more first-team experience.
The 20-year-old has featured only twice for the Hammers this season under new manager Avram Grant and has not played since the Carling Cup victory over Oxford back in August.
Sears, who has had previous loan spells at Crystal Palace and Coventry, may be forced out as he is behind the likes of Frederic Piquionne, Victor Obinna, Carlton Cole and Benni McCarthy in the striking pecking order.
He has been performing well in the reserves, but is keen to get some first-team football under his belt.
"I am hoping to do what I can to get back in the first team," the England Under-21 international told the club's official website.
"The manager obviously picks the team, so it is up to him. You have just got to be patient and wait and see what happens. If I get a chance, I have to take it.
"My aim is to break into the first team, but if not then maybe go on loan somewhere else to play games, score a couple of goals and then go from there."
Meanwhile, German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger could be set for surgery on a thigh problem and around four months on the sidelines.
The 28-year-old former Aston Villa star signed on a free transfer from Lazio during the summer but has yet to feature in a competitive fixture.