Monk, who will start for the first time in four weeks when the sides meet tomorrow, grew up watching the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Gary Mabbutt and Gary Lineker.
"All these years on and I'm lining up against them. It's great for me and for the club too. It's further confirmation of how far we have come.
"They are genuinely in the title race. I think they think that as well. Having said that, I've said to the lads if we fear too much, there's no point playing.
"We want to claim the scalp of one of the top six — to do it against Spurs would be fantastic."