Tottenham Hotspur have completed their first signing of the January transfer window bringing in 17-year-old Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United, according to Ebbsfleet vice-chairman Peter Varney.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Shilow and we are proud of the fact that our youth academy is producing quality young players just one year after we set it up,” Varney said.
The midfielder was being monitored by several clubs in England including Crystal Palace and West Ham United but now his future is at Tottenham.
Spurs’ Manager Mauricio Pochettino has showed his hand in what his plans are for Spurs moving forward, by bringing young players into the club and working to develop them himself. English internationals Eric Dier and Dele Alli have made a tremendous impact at Tottenham and have been weekly features in the starting XI this season.
Dier has been mentioned by many as a possible future captain for the Lilywhites. Alli just signed a new contract with a huge increase in his weekly wage. Both have received England call-ups.
Recently Tracey went on trial with Tottenham as their academy side toured Florida. The box-to-box midfielder was impressive scoring two goals in three appearances.
A Ebbsfleet United club statement said: ”Everyone involved with the Fleet would like to wish Shilow the very best of luck as he embarks on a career with the Premier League club.”
Don’t expect to see Tracey immediately in the first team. Right now, he’ll be competing to start for Spurs’ academy team. Poch loves to give young players a chance to show themselves though. If Tracey continues to find success, he could find himself on a fast track to the Premier League. Right now, the sky’s the limit.