John McDermott is the Tottenham head of player development

By Harry Sykes

Tottenham are developing midfielder Shilow Tracey into a centre-forward, according to an academy insider.

The WindyCOYS account, which specialises in Spurs academy news, has noted how Tracey has been used increasingly regularly as the point of the attack for the club’s Under-23s in recent times.

Notably, the teenage sensation was used in the striker role in the marquee Premier League 2 clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Tottenham lost the match 3-2 after taking a two-goal lead through strikes from Marcus Edwards and Will Miller, as Tracey led the line for the full 90 minutes.

Tracey, 18, was signed by Tottenham from non-league outfit Ebbsfleet United in January of last year and immediately linked up with the development squad, who are managed by former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu.

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The teenager had earned rave reviews at Ebbsfleet for his performances as an attacking midfielder and is even listed on the official Spurs website as a midfielder.

Tottenham’s Under-23s side initially used Tracey on the flanks and also in a central attacking midfield position, but now appear to be converting him into a bona fide centre-forward.

He has an impressive scoring record this season, netting four goals in 14 Premier League 2 matches this season.

In other Tottenham news, Daniel Levy has lined up the next Spurs arrival as the deal is all but done.

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