Harry Winks is just 18 years of age and made his senior debut for Tottenham Hotspur only on Thursday, but he seems to have a clear idea of what he needs to do to succeed.
The central midfielder came on as a substitute in the 87th minute of the Europa League Group C clash against Partizan Belgrade at White Hart Lane.
Winks did not have much time to make a truly memorable impact on the match which ended in a narrow 1-0 victory for Spurs, but the youngster seems determined to make himself a regular in the first team in the coming years.
“It’s a dream to play for Spurs - five minutes or 50 minutes I didn’t mind, as long as I got on,” the England Under-19 international told Tottenham’s official website. “It was brilliant. I wasn’t thinking of anything, just to go out there and enjoy it.
“Nothing was crossing my mind, I wasn’t nervous or scared, I just wanted to go out there and play. It felt natural and I loved every minute of it. It means everything.
“We work so hard and to get the opportunity is massive for us. It’s a dream come true to go out there and play, especially for the team you support.
“I have to push on, of course. I can’t get carried away. It’s brilliant now but I have to forget about this, work hard and try to get back into the squad. I’ll enjoy the experience but it’s back to the hard work.”
One suspects that Winks was privately over the moon on Thursday night, but publicly he seems to come across as very mature and down-to-earth.
Making a first-team debut at the tender age of 18 is a big deal for any footballer, but Winks appears to take it in his stride.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to call the youngster regularly over the course of the season, and it seems that he knows that.
This means that Winks will be doubly determined to make an impression for the club’s Under-21 side in order to make the Argentine take more notice of him.