Jermain Defoe has made complaints over the lack of game time and Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce says the forward must impress him.
The last time Defoe started for the club was back in September and was handed just 20 minutes of game time from the bench in the 1-0 loss to West Brom.
Defoe happens to be hungry for game time and Allardyce has said it is up to the England international to prove himself.
“Every player at the football club who is not playing on a regular basis wants to play,” Allardyce said ahead of Sunday’s derby clash against Newcastle United.
“Like Jermain said, he didn’t come here to sit on the bench. All the players who are here haven’t come here to sit on the bench.
“But when you talk about 22 outfield players in the squad these days, some of them unfortunately don’t play as regularly as others, so what I would say is those who get the chance make sure you grasp it when you get it.
“If you grab that chance then and you impress me, it’s going to give you the opportunity to be selected for the first team in the next game.”