The 17-year-old was a regular face in the Under-17s team last season, making 16 appearances in the starting line-up and two as a substitute. The fact that he was featuring alongside older boys has certainly helped his footballing education.
The left-sided central defender - a rarity in the game these days at the moment - has already played for our Under-19s now that he has joined the Academy at Spurs Lodge and he reveals that he's thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.
"It's great here, I'm having a good time so far," he says. "I was at Millwall and also trained with Leyton Orient before I came to Spurs, but I've been attached to the club for the last two-and-a-half seasons.
"Turning full-time is certainly a lot harder, but obviously it's better. We are here most of the time, training more, playing more football and that helps us learn more," says Ricky.
"Playing for the Under-17s last year was good experience for me, I learnt a lot from that and it does help when you play a year above yourself. I've started that again this year by playing for the Under-19s but I've also been with the 17s on occasions.
"But when I play in the older age group I find that, because the opposition are more experienced and physically bigger, I have to raise my game to a higher level but I think I've done quite well for them.
"My personal aims now are to keep working my way up and improve my own game, do the best I can. I want to keep playing for the 19s and maybe even the Reserves, although I know I'm going to have to work hard to get up to that level at the moment."
Coach's Comments - Jimmy Neighbour
Ricky is a big, strong defender, who played many times for me last year when he was a schoolboy. He's got good pace and he's a left-sided player, which is good.
There are one or two parts of his game which he could improve, one of which is his heading.
But Ricky's got a good attitude and if he works at his game he can go quite a long way. I hope that, while he's playing a year above, he can learn and improve his game, if he can do that we might have a defender on our hands.
Most of our young players who are playing for our Academy this season are experiencing a whole new ball game, but for Ricky Dobson it's a familiar situation.