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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

A Spurs player after 4 minutes of senior football

The local paper, Kent Messenger Online, who naturally have links to all the major local clubs in Kent have announced that Shilow Tracey has now completed his move to Tottenham. 

Kent is not a hotbed of senior football, Gillingham are the only league side, currently they sit second in League One under former Tottenham Hotspur left-back Justin Edinburgh. In the National League Dover Athletic sit fourth, Welling 22nd. Bromley, sitting 13th are now a part of London and Ebbsfleet were relegated from the division last season.

Ebbsfleet vice-chairman Peter Varney praised Tottenham for the way they have handled the signing.
"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. 
"I would like to thank Spurs for the professional manner in which they have handled the transfer negotiations. I must also recognise the work done with Shilow by (manager) Daryl McMahon and his staff in our youth academy."
Ebbsfleet manager McMahon, who used to work at the Tottenham academy, put Tracey's rags to riches move into perspective and suggested his talent needs time to develop.
"It’s amazing to think that he’s been nowhere, been here for 18 months and now he’s at the club who are fourth in the Premier League. It’s incredible but it’s a great opportunity and he’s young. 
"I’m sure that people, now he’s in the national papers, will expect him to be the next Jamie Vardy but you’ve got to give him time. Shilow’s still learning his trade. 
"He’s got the potential to play Premier League football. He’s a long way away from that, without a doubt, because he hasn’t even played National League South football – and that’s down to the circumstances here. 
"If he was playing for another National South club, he’d play every week but here he’s got Danny Haynes, Anthony Cook, Jordan Parkes and JP Kissock in front of him. 
"Tottenham’s a great club. They’ve got great coaches there and a brilliant philosophy. They bring players through, they believe in nurturing talent and don’t make robots. 
"If you look at the young players they’ve got there, they’re exciting players, not the sort of bog-standard, safe players that you see at a lot of other clubs. 
"I’m sure Shilow will flourish in that environment because it suits what he’s about."
It is quite an amazing move, fourth choice striker at National League South level to our academy. Being from Kent myself he is one I'll be watching out for. Clearly he has raw potential, there have already been some silly superlatives hurled at the story already in the press.

Strikers are important and if Tottenham can create a conveyor belt of them it would be quite something. We certainly seem to be searching for young forwards with potential, but as we have seen before they don't always fulfill it. That's why we shouldn't be overpaying for the likes of Berahino.



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