The one ingredient Aston Villa lack following summer transfer splurge – Tom Heaton
But Dean Smith’s men will make up for their mistakes and potential naivety with pure desire in the top flight and talent.
John McGinn gave the newly promoted side a surprise early lead in north London before Spurs left it late to turn the game around and prevail 3-1 winners.
The likes of McGinn, Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi tormented Tottenham’s players, though, showing they can pose a proper threat in the top flight.
And keeper Heaton, who arrived late in the transfer window from Burnley, can see plenty of potential in the team.
Of Saturday’s starters, Jack Grealish, Ahmed Elmohamady, Neil Taylor and Tyrone Mings have all figured in the Premier League before.
And if their crop of 12 new signings worth a collective £127m can gel, safety will be assured for the Villa faithful.
“I think there is a lot of hunger here,” Heaton said. “I know there is not a lot of Premier League experience.
“I am really positive for the rest of the season”
“There were moments in Saturday’s game which I am sure we will learn from, key moments and in the Premier League those details count.
“But in terms of ability, the hunger to play at this level, kick on and keep this club in the Premier League and moving up the table, it has been impressive.
“I am really positive for the rest of the season.”
Heaton knows full well what is required in a dressing room to survive in the Premier League, having helped establish Burnley in the top flight.
He added: “Having been at Burnley for so long, I think it is well-known in football how good things are there.
“The dressing room was the unique selling point and the reason the team was always greater than the sum of its parts.
“I wouldn’t say I came here with trepidation, just a sense of the unknown.
“Since setting foot in the building, I have loved every minute so far.
“There is a real togetherness, even though we have a lot of new players. We are building that togetherness and it is a good place to be.”
Villa host Bournemouth on Saturday (3pm) and Heaton warned their weekend rivals: “We are going back home, that is where we really want to stamp our authority on games.
“I think we tried on Saturday at times. But that was always going to be a different kind of game.
“Hopefully we go and start on the front foot and get going then.”