Michail Antonio has told West Ham United’s official website that he isn’t concerned by his lack of first-team chances at Upton Park so far.
Antonio signed for West Ham from Nottingham Forest in the summer transfer window, but he has barely featured up until this point.
Antonio has had to sit out most of West Ham’s matches to date, and most of his appearances have come for the club's development side.
However, the powerful wide-man insists that he did not join West Ham expecting to play straight away, and he is willing to be patient as he waits for his opportunity.
"When I joined, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to break through and stake my claim in the Premier League,” he said. "It’s one of those things where I need to wait and bide my time."
Antonio was in blistering form for Forest over the early part of the campaign, but he has not been unleashed on the Premier League as yet.
The 25-year-old has made just one appearance for the Hammers so far, but he could be in line to see more action now that Dimitri Payet is injured.
West Ham will be under pressure to increase their attacking threat with Payet sidelined, and Antonio may be hoping that he is the man to fill the void that the French international’s absence leaves.