It will be interesting to watch Simon Dawkins’ progress at Villa Park over the coming weeks as he completes his loan spell with Paul Lambert’s side. Dawkins is an interesting player – already 25 years old and at Spurs for his entire career but yet to make a first team appearance for his parent club.

As a crucial point in Dawkins’ career unfolds, a parallel can be drawn with the fortunes of John Bostock, our youngest ever first team player and a man seemingly destined for a big future when he made that controversial move from Crystal Palace in 2008.

At 21, Bostock is four years younger than Dawkins and while he has that extra bit of time on his side, he also has a string of unimpressive loan moves behind him – the last of those came at Swindon this season.

Any parallel between the two men has been enhanced by news that John is set to replace Simon at San Jose Earthquakes and the MLS side certainly seem pleased at the loan deal that’s in prospect.

“We’re not closing the door on Simon coming back,” said Quakes general manager John Doyle.

“In the meantime it would be nice to see how John likes us and we how we like him.”

“There are more options out there,” Doyle added. “We’re being thorough in looking at them. We’re making sure we make the right decisions on who comes in. If we don’t bring in John or Simon we still have a good team.”

The question’s been asked before but will a move of this kind be a positive turning point in the career of John Bostock or will he, like Simon Dawkins, still be on the fringes of the Spurs squad at 25?





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