Cameron Jerome is still hoping to earn a regular role at Stoke, but admits the time will come when he is forced to look elsewhere for games.
The former Cardiff and Birmingham striker has made just 14 starts this season, with only four of those coming in the Premier League.
He continues to give his all to the Potters cause and is ready when required, but concedes that he is at a loss to explain why he is continuously overlooked by Tony Pulis.
Ahead of Wednesday's trip to Tottenham, Jerome told The Sentinel: "I keep saying, 'I'll just work harder and get on with it', but there comes a point where you think, 'am I ever going to get in the team?'
"I don't know what I have to do to get a consistent run.
"I feel I train well, and the manager says I train well. Every time I come on I make an impact and score goals or assist in them.
"But when it comes to the following Saturday I don't seem to get a game.
"Everywhere I have been, I have played every week. It is a little bit of a shock and something I have to adapt to.
"Hopefully, my time will come if I am patient.
"I just want to play football. Hopefully the manager might put me in for a couple of games and give me more of a consistent run, then I am confident I wouldn't come out of the team.
"But I have to get that run first, so let's see what happens."
Jerome only penned a four-year contract with Stoke in August 2011, but admits a lack of Premier League action may force him to cut short his stay at the Britannia Stadium.
He added: "I've not really played in the league, so it is a little bit of a concern.
"I've not moaned about it or knocked on the manager's door, I just have to let my football do the talking, which is the right thing.
"But there will come a time where I will eventually get frustrated to the point where I have to sit down with him and have a chat and assess things.
"At the moment I am happy giving my contribution in training and in games."
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