Neil Warnock has told Adel Taarabt to get behind him in the queue for a new contract at Queens Park Rangers.
The 22-year-old playmaker is reported to want an improved deal after seeing the arrival of Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand - all established Premier League players.
But any demands will be given short shrift by his QPR manager, who believes he is more deserving of a new deal.
Warnock said: "There are plenty before him - me included!"
He added: "There are a lot of people behind the scenes who have things to say and the only way to answer things is to play on the field of play. That's what I told him to do.
"He's got no excuse now. He's got a team that are capable of giving him the ball in dangerous areas and he's got to perform."
Warnock is desperate for his players to concentrate on establishing the club in the Premier League, and has put any contract talks firmly on the backburner.
"I don't see any new contracts for anybody before Christmas," he said. "We've all got things to prove and we've got to do it consistently.
"When you've had a good game for an hour, you don't start spouting.
"You start spouting when you've got eight, nine, 10 goals coming up to Christmas."