Marcus Edwards feels Tottenham Hotspur's youngsters will only work harder in a bid to experience more senior action.
The 17-year-old came on late in Wednesday night's 5-0 win over Gillingham in the third round of the EFL Cup at White Hart Lane, sharing his debut with fellow academy graduates Cameron Carter-Vickers and Anton Walkes.
After the match, the talented attacking midfielder spoke of his own nerves prior to coming on, while speaking positively of the rest of the youngsters who only want to consume more of the first-team now they have had a taste.
"I knew I was going to come on but I was itching to get on earlier," he told Spurs TV.
"I kept looking at the bench to see if I was ready to come on or not, and it was exciting.
"The lads have been great. It's like a family environment, we are all friends, we all know each other personally.
"It's what I want to do, just keep my head down and play football. Now that we've got it (first appearance), it's making us hungrier."
Edwards also tested his luck with a long range effort late on which needed tipping over the bar by Gills keeper Stuart Nelson.
He added: "A lot of things were going through my mind, I probably should have placed it but some you score, some you don't."