Louis Saha has revealed that he felt like he was 'living the dream of a young boy' after scoring twice on his full Tottenham debut.
The 33-year-old was expected by many to be a bit-part player at White Hart Lane after signing from Everton in a shock deadline day deal, but he was handed the opportunity to start against Newcastle on Saturday and responded with a magnificent performance.
Saha took just five minutes to open his account as he poked home Emmanuel Adebayor's cross to put the home side 2-0 up after Benoit Assou-Ekotto's early opener.
The Frenchman added his second 15 minutes later when he picked up Adebayor's knock-down before beating Magpies keeper Tim Krul from 12 yards and Tottenham then went on to cruise to a 5-0 victory.
"It was a great, great feeling," Saha said.
"I am not that young, but it's just like I was living the dream of a young boy - to make your debut and score on your home ground, it's just amazing."
Much of the pre-match focus had centred on Harry Redknapp's tax evasion trial and the clamour for him to be appointed as England boss following Fabio Capello's resignation just hours after the Spurs manager's acquittal.
Saha may have only just started working with Redknapp but he can already understand why the 64-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to take the England job.
The striker said: "He is right up there with the best managers because he has so much quality around the team and he gets more than 100 per cent from every player.
"It's immense. That shows he has great quality.
"It's great to work for him. He gives you so much confidence. He has a desire to win things. You can see it in his eyes.
"The last two weeks have been really difficult for him and it was nice to end it with a great win and a great performance."
Saha also had plenty of praise for Adebayor after linking up to devastating effect with the Togo man in attack.
"Adebayor was immense," Saha said. "Physically, his work-rate and desire to get involved in everything was great.
"He was involved in everything. It's dead easy to play with him and he is a great character to be around."