The club website sprang into action again yesterday afternoon and highlighted a double strike for our forgotten man John Bostock as a strong Spurs XI demolished a weaker Celtic side by four goals to one at the Lodge.

Perhaps it was more telling that John had started the game on the subs’ bench and only came into action after an injury to Cameron Lancaster, who had opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Bostock occasionally hits the headlines for producing long range efforts in these games but his two goals yesterday were far more routine – a close range finish from a Vedran Corluka cross followed by a penalty conversion.

Bostock’s qualities and indeed his possible future have been discussed at length here in the past and without going over old ground, what could this re-appearance do for John this month?

After featuring for all of two minutes in our FA Cup win earlier in January, he may not be so attractive to a lower league club who are still in the competition. However, it seems that it may be time for another loan move, maybe even to a Premiership outfit to gauge whether John Bostock has found the maturity and temperament to turn his huge potential into consistently effective performances.



  1. Nothing. If he was Premier league standard he would get time with out first team or a place on the bench, he doesn’t, therefore he isn’t.

    Send him on loan to a Championship side as that seems to be his level (like Tarrabt) and he can play each week, only then will he start to improve.

  2. He had a very bad attitude before but apparently he has grown up! Great potential and a much better talent than Livermore!

  3. We have some talented youngsters at our club… I think we have had a slight shift in the way our youngster are brought through.

    John has a lot of talent no doubt but sometimes this isn’t enough and players must mature..

    The question is now is John matured enough to take the next step….

    I would like to think so and having all ready seen Jake’s immergence hopefully the penny has dropped…COYS

    And good luck John…

  4. How old is Bostock now?

    Sad case of a player who thought he had made it before he had made it.

    I bet if he was still at Palace he would be playing regularly in a lower/mid table premier league club by now (sort of about Scott Sinclairs level).

    We went for him and obviously he thought he had hit the big time.

    A shame. He is still young enough to turn it around though.


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