Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge wants more chances in the first-team this season as he looks to make himself a regular at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old Blues forward has found himself a bench player with the West Londoners since his move from Manchester City last year, although he is beginning to feature more heavily in Carlo Ancelotti's plans.
Sturridge has made seven Premier League appearances for Chelsea this term but they have all come from the bench, and he admits he needs to be starting more games.
"I'm at the age when I want to be starting. I'm not saying the manager needs to oust other players to get me in but I need to be playing more often," he said in the Daily Mail.
"It's important at a young age to be playing regularly because that's how you learn to play the game.
"When you're coming off the bench it's difficult to get into the pace of the game and do well. I don't want to be branded a super-sub. I'd rather be branded a super-starter.
"It's quite frustrating but you have to find a way of dealing with that because you're not going to get everything your own way. The opportunities will come.
"Look at Gareth Bale. He's doing amazingly but it wasn't so long ago people were talking about how he hadn't won a game. That's from the confidence of playing regularly."
Sturridge arrived at the Bridge in July 2009, with Chelsea and City agreeing his transfer fee by tribunal after his previous contract had expired.
Championship outfit Swansea tried to take him on loan earlier in the week but the England Under-21 international is keen to prove himself with the English champions.
"If the opportunities don't come in due time, obviously I will have to look elsewhere. Because it is only a matter of time until you get frustrated," he added.
"But you have to be patient at a club like Chelsea. Going out on loan doesn't always do you good.
"It could be better to stay and work hard because it will then feel so much better when you do get your chance.
"I want to be a regular at Chelsea - not anywhere else. I believe I am able to start games for Chelsea. I've spoken to the manager about getting opportunities."