Striker Connor Wickham is eager to be given an opportunity to make his mark at Sunderland.
The 18-year-old admits he has been frustrated since his big-money summer move from Ipswich to the Stadium of Light.
Black Cats' boss Steve Bruce was keen to invest in the youngster's rich potential which prompted him to folk out an initial £8.1million, which could eventually rise to £12million.
But Bruce is refusing to allow the Colchester-born frontman an opportunity in the intensity of Premier League football too soon with the player making five substitute appearances so far this season.
However, Wickham is remaining positive, saying: "Obviously, it's been quite frustrating. I just want to play football and when we are not doing so well, I feel I want to go on and show everyone what I can do and what I am capable of doing.
"But I have just got to do the best I can every time I get on to the pitch. I have got to do enough in those 15, 20, 35 minutes that I am capable of doing what I have done before.
"Every day and in every game, you need to do your best and when you do your best, it builds your confidence.
"Confidence is key to any footballer and I have got confidence at the moment, so I just want to be playing football."
The England Under 21 striker is hoping he will be given a chance to get off the mark when the Black Cats travel to promoted Norwich on Monday night.
He said: "I have just got to be in the right place at the right time and keep working hard in training, and hopefully I will get my time on the pitch and the goals will start coming soon."