Yoan Gouffran has warned Steve McClaren in the Sunderland Echo that he may leave Newcastle United in January unless he is handed first-team opportunities.
Gouffran has struggled for appearances this season, and McClaren has appeared to have reservations over using the Frenchman.
The 29-year-old has now become tired of his peripheral role, and says that unless he breaks into the starting line-up soon, he could look to leave St. James’ Park.
"I’m here. I work hard," Gouffran said.
“If I don’t play, maybe I’m going to leave in January. I don’t know.
“I need to be ready and to stay fit. I don’t know what’s happening after.”
Gouffran has made just two Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season, and he has failed to impress.
The former Bordeaux man has not looked particularly sharp during any of his showings for the first team, and there are doubts over his ability to push Newcastle up the table.
The Magpies are looking for their experienced heads to step up and get them out of relegation trouble, but there have hardly been any signs of encouragement in recent weeks.
Newcastle lost their last home fixture 3-0 to Leicester City, and they were hammered 5-1 by Crystal Palace in their latest outing.
It leaves the pressure on for their match against an in-form Liverpool side this weekend, where only a victory could see them move out of the drop zone.