Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff has admitted that striker Steve Marlet has struggled to settle since his summer switch.
Marlet joined the Ligue 1 new boys from Wolfsburg but has started just four games so far this season.
The 32-year-old has not impressed Gourcuff but the Lorient coach has promised to give the former Fulham man time.
"I make choices to build the most competitive team," Gourcuff said.
"On an individual level, we try to help the new players to adapt but at a certain time, competition is most important, there are no favourites.
"We can only judge our reinforcements at the end of the season, however, the winter transfer window is also there to find solutions to players that are not satisfied with how things are going.
"The present situation is hard for him. Steve came to play but even at Lorient there is competition."
Meanwhile, Marlet is refusing to give up on his Lorient career and is confident he will prove his goalscoring qualities.
"(Pierre-Andre) Gignac and (Rafik) Saifi are playing well, they had the whole of pre-season together," Marlet told L'Equipe.
"It would be difficult for the coach to not play them. But I won't go and cry.
"I don't think about winter transfer window, I have just arrived. It is not my style to leave before the end.
"I believe I do what is asked of me. I will play, there is no worry."