Eric Di Meco says Yoann Gourcuff has failed to fulfill his potential, but still believes he can flourish for Olympique Lyonnais.
The former France international, who appeared 23 times for his country, believes the 26-year-old is not the man to drag the club back to the top of Ligue 1 and feels he lacks the mental attributes to be relied upon.
"Having done what he had at Bordeaux, I expected him to move to a team challenging for titles that he would help become champions," Di Meco told RMC Sport.
"Gourcuff is not someone who leads a team and takes them to the top, like Lyon are asking of him. He doesn't have the mentality to do that, but if he has a coach that trusts him and if he is in a good environment then he can flourish."
Lyon currently lie third in the Ligue 1 table with 21 points from their opening 10 games, leaving them just a single point adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain who have played a game more.