Nicky Barmby arrived at Spurs at the age of 16 and immediately found himself surrounded by the likes of Gary Lineker, Gary Mabbutt and Chris Waddle.
"They were all there at their peak - it was a fantastic education just watching those guys train," he recalls as he looks back on the build up to his Spurs debut in 1991.
"The players looked after me well, particularly Mabbsy and Paul Allen. Then there was Gazza - when I was in the youth team we would play against the senior side on a Friday and he was always helping and encouraging me...at that time he was probably the best player in the world."
We caught up with Barmby at his current club Hull City where Nicky, now 35, is still going strong in the Premier League. And he believes we have good reason for optimism at Spurs this season.
"Spurs will be up there pushing for the top four this campaign," he predicts. "Harry Redknapp is a great manager who lets his players go out and express themselves."
Indeed Nick senses "a feeling that something very special could be just around the corner."
Read the full interview in the September issue of our official magazine hotspur - it's out now.