As Spurs prepare for their Europa League match with Shamrock Rovers this week, the big question once again will be over team selection. Harry Redknapp has taken the opportunity to blood some of the youngsters in the squad and the likes of Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and Tom Carroll have all been given the chance to show their long term value to the club.
However, for many Spurs fans, there is one significant name missing from that list but the manager has today confirmed why John Bostock has yet to feature in this competition.
“John’s been injured, and he wasn’t eligible for the European squad because he’d been out on loan,” the manager said. “He wasn’t eligible as an under-age player. The rules state it.”
UEFA’s rules always seem confusing on this issue but it seems that loan spells away from Spurs mean that Bostock hasn’t been at the club for the required total of 36 months and won’t be available for the Europa League until July 2012 as a B squad member.
The youngsters’ involvements in European Competition with the Europa League and NextGen tournament has seen even less action with regard to friendlies at Spurs Lodge. So with John Bostock’s career stuck at the same crossroads for some time now, it seems the only option for him is yet another loan.