Emerging winger Rachid Ghezzal hopes he can continue to make an impression on Remi Garde's first team when Lyon face Lille tomorrow.
The 20-year-old is enjoying a fine breakthrough season with Les Gones and produced his best performance in their colours against Ajaccio last weekend.
Unfortunately for Lyon, though, it was all in vain as Ajaccio sprang a surprise and recorded a 3-1 win which roadblocked their opponent's pursuit of leaders Paris St Germain.
With PSG then beating Bastia by the same scoreline last night, it means Lyon are six points shy of the leaders heading into tomorrow's game and in danger of being cut adrift.
But regardless of the margins involved, Algerian playmaker Ghezzal wants to keep making an impact for the good of the team.
Speaking to Lyon's official website he said: ``That game against Ajaccio was my best performance. I got my first assist and I now want to improve my work-rate and make much more of a difference for the team.
``I think I am a player who can cut in behind defences. In my first Ligue 1 matches I would pay attention to my defensive duties but now I feel as though I can also press forward.''
Such have been his exploits that Ghezzal has already seen himself become the centre of an international tug of war between Algeria and France.
Zinedine Zidane is a high-profile case of someone to have chosen the latter over the former, but Ghezzal is keen to stay out of any such arguments,
``That is not my priority right now. My priority is to put Lyon back on track against Lille on Sunday night.''
Mid-table Lille will have Salomon Kalou back in their ranks after his trip to the African Nations Cup and coach Rudi Garcia is looking forward to his return.
``I want to have confidence in Salomon,'' he said of a striker who has not always delivered since his move from Chelsea.
``He has talent, that's for sure. It just needs to express the field and efficiency. His return to the selection will do him good.''