Adam Johnson admits he may have to consider his future at Manchester City if his chances continue to be restricted.
The 23-year-old moved to Eastlands from Middlesbrough in this year's January transfer window and made a seamless transition to the Barclays Premier League.
His form prompted a call-up to Fabio Capello's preliminary 30-man England squad although he failed to make the final cut for the World Cup.
However, Johnson has started just five league games this season and, although he insists all he wants to do is become established for City, he admits he may have to consider moving on.
He told The Sun: "Every footballer has to think about it when the time comes.
"It is still early but I definitely would consider it."