Kyle Walker admits to still being in a little disbelief having made his debut in Saturday's victory over Portsmouth.
It came six weeks after the 19-year-old defender had been recalled from a loan at Sheffield United having joined from the Bramall Lane club in the summer.
His Spurs first team bow came as a result of an injury to regular right-back Vedran Corluka - and Kyle didn't disappoint, creating the second goal in a 2-0 win.
Now, the England Under-21 international finds himself thrust to the forefront of a squad challenging for a top four Premier League place - a scenario Kyle can hardly believe.
He said: "I would never have thought a year ago that I would be stood here challenging for a Champions League place within a squad like this.
"The closest I got to playing with the likes of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe was when I signed them on Football Manager [the computer game]! It's mad but let's hope it continues.
"I'm thankful the gaffer put his trust in me to play and now he's seen what I can do. I've just got to keep working hard in training and in the gym."
In truth, the comfortable victory over Avram Grant's side was not the baptism of fire many have received in making their debuts at this level.
But Kyle knows bigger challenges await in what he hopes will be a lengthy and successful career at the Lane.
He added: "It was good to get out there because I'd been itching to do so for a while, and it was a good game in which to make my debut if you can say that.
"Hopefully the games will keep getting harder for me so I can improve as a player. I'm only 19 and all I want to do is keep improving and hopefully become a regular in the side."