John Bostock (21) is currently on trial at the Quakes, after a series of loan spells with English teams. He’s got premier league experience, and even UEFA cup experience, so surely if he was any good Tottenham would want him, right? Wrong.
If you take a look at the Tottenham players that Bostock would have to be better than to get in the team, you’ll understand why. Holtby, Dembele, Dempsey and Sigurðsson are all centre-attacking midfielders, just like Bostock. All these men are essential players for both their country and team, whilst Bostock can’t get a game for either. And whilst you might try to argue that this is because Bostock never got a chance, Villas-Boas’ mentality means that whoever is performing the best in either training or matches will get a game.
Bostock isn’t a goalscorer (despite his stunning goal from 40 yards out against Swansea during a loan at Hull), he’s a playmaker. He’ll get into spaces and set others up for an easy finish. This paired up with Wondolowski’s finishing could prove dangerous for any team. At 21 years old he is nowhere near his best, but San Jose have a knack for bringing out the best in players. Dawkins is a prime example of a “coal to diamonds” player, after a massively successful season he managed to get back into the premier league.
Another thing we have to take into account is his form. For a player to get settled, they need to play 4-5 consecutive games on average, yet Bostock has never been given this. Bostock has never surpassed 15 games with a club, due to his lack of consistent game playing. This has hugely affected how he has performed, and what people think of him. Hopefully the Quakes realise this, and know that they have to give him a chance before giving up on him.
Bostock isn’t a bad player, nor is he the best player the world will ever witness. He’s just a player who hasn’t been given the chance to show everyone what he can do.