Jermaine Jenas reports the perception of Tottenham in Premiership circles is certainly a positive one at the moment.
The midfielder, who signed last Wednesday from Newcastle United before beginning training with the squad yesterday, says the impression of Spurs from the outside is one of a club very much heading in the right direction.
"That it is on the up, basically," responded the England international to the question of perception. "Everyone looks at Tottenham now as a team to look out for and one that should be pushing for the top places given the squad that we've got."
Meanwhile, if selected, the 22-year-old faces the prospect of a mouth-watering debut on Saturday when Liverpool arrive at the Lane. He pointed out that a big occasion debut would not be a first for him, but he would welcome the chance to lock horns with Steven Gerrard and co in midfield.
"They always seem to be big games when I make my debut. When I went to Newcastle my first game was Sunderland away, which was a baptism of fire to get through. So I would relish the chance to play Liverpool.
"Steve is a great player, obviously. I have been training with him for the last ten days with England and he is a great professional. He is a couple of years older than me so it is good to learn off the likes of him.
"He has won the European Cup and it is good to come up against people like him because you have to raise your game."
On the subject of England duty, even though Jermaine wasn't involved in the World Cup double-header, he admits the defeat to Northern Ireland on Wednesday was a big setback - not an irreversible one though.
"It was a massive downer for the lads. We wanted to win the game and it was very disappointing for us but it is still in our hands. We've got to win our next couple of games and we're through.
"I couldn't see much really wrong with the Wales game, it is a tough place to go and we got what we wanted."