Shilow Tracey's first big challenge at Tottenham is outshining the likes of Edwards and Sterling

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The recent Tottenham Hotspur signing must get to the same level as the likes of Marcus Edwards, Kazaiah Sterling and Keanan Bennetts.

Tottenham Hotspur had a quiet January transfer window, but just as they did a year earlier they signed a promising young midfielder, this time from non-league Ebbsfleet United.

Shilow Tracey is only 17 and it will be a long time before he is knocking on Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino’s door to discuss a possible first-team spot; so what are his short-term challenges?

First and foremost he will be looking for game-time at under-18 level and it is there where his first real challenge will arise – performing to the same level as the likes of Marcus Edwards and Kazaiah Sterling.

Tracey may have been the jewel in Ebbsfleet’s proverbial crown but Tottenham have some of the most exciting teenagers in England coming through the ranks right now, with Edwards seemingly destined for greatness.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder has all the attributes to ultimately break into Tottenham’s first-team and Tracey will be hoping to build up an effective partnership alongside a player tipped to be the brightest of Spurs’ next generation.

Then there is Sterling, a 17-year-old striker who – like Edwards – has already made his debut for Spurs’ under-21s and who is a regular goal-scorer at under-18 level.

Unlike Dele Alli, Tracey is not the finished product and for the next year or two it will be all about acclimatising at his new club and building a rapport with his young teammates.

With 16-year-old Keanan Bennetts also making waves in Tottenham’s academy it will be interesting to see how quickly Tracey makes his own mark at the club quickly becoming the go-to destination for England’s brightest prospects.

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