Tottenham's Shilow Tracey is yet to hit the heights expected of him

Shilow Tracey of Tottenham Hotspur avoids Darius Charles of AFC Wimbledon during the Checkatrade Trophy match between AFC Wimbledon and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at The Cherry Red Records...

The Tottenham Hotspur teenager needs to up his game to earn a first-team breakthrough.

Shilow Tracey of Tottenham Hotspur avoids Darius Charles of AFC Wimbledon during the Checkatrade Trophy match between AFC Wimbledon and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at The Cherry Red Records...

Not every teenage footballer can follow the same path as Dele Alli, but when Shilow Tracey first moved to Tottenham Hotspur from Ebbsfleet United, he was tipped by some to be the next big thing at Spurs.

That was until realism set in and fans accepted that bringing in a rough diamond from non-league football was entirely different to signing one of the Football League's hottest prospects.

Shilow Tracey of Tottenham Hotspur has a shot on goal during the Premier League 2 match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground on August 11, 2017 in...

Tracey signed for Tottenham in January 2016 and he is fast approaching the two-year anniversary of that deal, yet while many of his young teammates have earned first-team call-ups - with Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Anthony Georgiou the latest to do so - their fellow under-23 regular is yet to get that chance.

Given that he was only 17 when he moved to Tottenham, Tracey always knew patience was vital, and he was bought very much as a work in progress. However, he has only shown glimpses of his innate ability and in eight appearances for the under-23s this season he is yet to score and has just one assist.

Shilow Tracey  of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading at The Lamex Stadium on March 13, 2017 in Stevenage, England.

Such is Tracey's versatility that he has been shunted around for much of his time at Tottenham, playing in midfield and at full-back earlier in his development before featuring regularly as a winger and a centre forward this time round.

That failure to nail down a regular position could be part of the problem, as both he and his club need to know where he does his best work before he can push to do that with the first-team.

Hopefully that will come in time, but just five months short of his twentieth birthday, it is fair to say the Tottenham teenager is yet to fulfil his potential.

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