Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has admitted to the club’s official website that he has found it hard to watch from the substitutes’ bench this season.
Tiote, who has been on the books of Newcastle since 2010, has struggled for playing time under head coach Steve McClaren so far this campaign.
The Ivory Coast international defensive midfielder has featured in only seven Premier League games this term.
The 29-year-old former Twente star has created two chances, has a pass accuracy of 86%, and has won nine headers, two dribbles and six tackles.
Tiote, though, appears to be back in McClaren’s plans, as he has started the Magpies’ last four matches.
"It's not easy to sit on the bench and watch the team play, so I am happy to be back in there doing my job," the former Anderlecht midfielder told the club’s official website.
"I don't enjoy watching games - every player feels the same - but when I am given the opportunity I have to do my best for the team, and hopefully I can continue to do that."
Newcastle are 17th in the Premier League table at the moment with just 10 points from 12 matches, only two points above the relegation zone.
The Magpies will take on Leicester City at St. James’ Park in the league after the two-week international break.