Siem de Jong admits he is starting to become frustrated at his lack of first-team football at Newcastle as he awaits his first league start of the season.
Attacking midfielder De Jong joined the Magpies last summer from Ajax, but he made only one start in his debut campaign at St James Park after a serious thigh injury and a collapsed lung.
The Dutchman is yet to start in the Premier League this season, appearing seven times from the bench, but when asked whether he expects to get a chance in the absence of Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote against Crystal Palace on Saturday, he admitted he still isn’t holding his breath.
“I don’t know. I’ll just wait to get my chance,” the 26-year-old replied.
“I’ll do my best in training and get as many minutes here and with the Under-21s as possible to stay fit. I’m just waiting to get my chance. I hope it comes quickly, but it’s up to the manager.
“I’m fit, but I haven’t played for a while. I’ve been fit all season. It’s not a question of being fit, it’s a question of getting a chance for a couple of games in a row.”
De Jong has captained Newcastle’s Under-21s on a number of occasions this year, while first-team manager McClaren has openly spoke about his admiration for the Holland international.
The former Ajax star has started twice in the league cup, scoring in the victory over Northampton, and De Jong admits there is some disagreement over where he should play in the team.
“I speak to him [McClaren] a lot [about my situation]. He thinks I’ll get my chance, so I have to be ready for it,” he added.
“The manager sees me a little bit more as an offensive player. I could play a little bit more [further] back as well. It’s a little bit of a different opinion.
“I hope I get my chance whenever he thinks I’m ready for it. It’s tough being patient. It’s difficult. But I need to stay prepared.”