"It has been frustrating this season. I've only played a couple of games and also had a few injuries so it's been difficult for me," he said.
"I played 90 minutes at Blackburn on Saturday and all I can do is try to perform as well as I can. After that it's down to the manager. Hopefully I can stay fit, play more and keep improving to stake a claim for a place.
"The competition is very high at City and you have to play well every time you get a chance if you're going to stay in the team."
City's beat Blackburn 4-0 in last weekend's fixture.