Scott Sinclair is keen to make a good impression on new Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood.
The former Manchester City striker scored in Sunday's 2-1 FA Cup win over Leicester - his first goal since August 2012 - in front of Sherwood who watched from the stands following his appointment a day earlier.
"Everyone has something to prove, no-one knows if they are going to play so everyone is going to raise their game come the weekend," said Sinclair.
"The manager will come in and pick the team and I'm sure the fans will be lifted as well."
"He came down and shook everyone's hand before the game and at half time all the substitutes go out so I wasn't in there when he was talking to the boys. I think there's a buzz around the squad and around the fans. Hopefully we can push forward.
"I don't know him personally, I am looking forward to working with him and hopefully he brings something different, it rubs off on the boys and we win games."
Sinclair also confirmed he swapped text messages with axed boss Paul Lambert following his dismissal last week.
"I wished him well. I was looking forward to working with him and then he left. As a player, a manager brings you in and you're looking to play for him.
"That's what happens in football, you don't know if you're going to stay or going to go."