Leicester City winger Demarai Gray insists he does not want to wait for a first-team chance anymore following his strong performance in the win over Everton last time out.
The 21-year-old played a part in both goals last week as the Foxes got off to a winning start under new boss Claude Puel.
His direct running and crossing ability were on show at the King Power Stadium but it was rare to see Gray start from the off.
The former Birmingham City man had come off the bench 39 times in the Premier League since his move from the Blues but the youngster is determined to become a key figure in the team from now on.
After his match-winning performance he signed a new four-year contract in midweek and Gray is excited for the future as he looks to build his career at the former Premier League champions.
He told Sky Sports: “When I’ve come off the bench, I’ve always tried to play my part in the time I get to put in the manager’s mind about throwing me in for the next game.
“You have to look at the positives but every player wants to play and I think it’s OK to be frustrated. I know I’ve had to be patient.
The boys and the people behind me have told me to keep working hard and that’s what I’ve done and I still feel like I’m learning.
“I’ve done a lot of waiting and I don’t want to wait any more, I want to keep playing and hit the ground running and keep going with what I did on Sunday.”
Gray will be eager to make an impact in Saturday’s early kick-off against Stoke City.
The Potters are 2.63 favourites to win, with the draw 3.20, while Leicester are priced at odds of 2.80 to grab all three points.