Chris Maguire is hoping to catch Derby County manager Nigel Clough's eye during his loan spell at Portsmouth as he is unsure why he has been overlooked at Pride Park.
The Scotland striker joined Derby from Aberdeen last summer, but he has only started two Championship games for the club.
He has linked up with cash-strapped Pompey for the next month and made his debut as a substitute in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 23-year-old is looking forward to the chance to play first-team football and has not given up on forcing his way back into Clough's plans at Derby.
"I don't know why I have not been part of things, to be honest," said Maguire in The News.
"I will leave that for the gaffer to say because I have been working hard behind the scenes and hopefully I can catch his eye.
"Don't get me wrong, it is a great set-up at Derby. I've got three years left and hopefully I can do well here and catch the eye.
"If people can see that then they can ask questions why I am not playing
"I need a run of games to show what I can do, not just a few games.
"I have been working hard behind the scenes and scoring regularly for the reserves so hopefully I can bring that here as well."