Javier Camunas insists he never expected to walk straight into the side at Deportivo after moving to the Riazor this summer.
“I believe in myself, as I always have done, and everywhere I've gone I have had to fight for my place,” declared the 32-year-old, who joined Depor on loan from Villarreal after their relegation to La Segunda.
“The club and the Coach [Jose Luis Oltra] made an effort to bring me here, but I know that does not mean that I will start every game.”
The former Osasuna man says he is hoping to use the international break to work his way into Oltra’s thoughts having so far only managed appearances as a second-half substitute in each of Depor’s matches played.
“These two weeks will give me the chance to get to know what the Coach, the club and my teammates really want, and will also help me build my fitness.
“As my fitness improves, so will my performance and so I think I should be up to 100 per cent next week.”
Camunas also moved to play down suggestions that he could be an option for Oltra as a central striker.
“I don't know if the Coach wants to do that, but it is not something I have done often in the past.
“If there are players missing and no other options, then I could fill in there, but I came here to play off the front man or out wide.”