John Bostock arrived at White Hart Lane amid much fanfare in 2008 but now he will leave the Tottenham without as much as a whimper.
Both Crystal Palace and Tottenham's youngest ever player, he made his Football League debut aged 15 years and 287 days - and at the time was hailed as one of English football’s brightest young prospects with great things expected from the U17 international.
After playing five times for the Crystal Palace first team speculation was rife about Premier League interest in the young player, and eventually the youngster put pen to paper with Spurs in a deal which was set to net the Selhurst Park club up to £1.5m over a number of years. Quite a sum for an unproven youngster.
The fee was agreed after an arduous and drawn out saga which involved a tribunal and then Palace chairman Simon Jordan refusing to honour Bostock’s and his stepfather’s season tickets.
The future seemed to be bright for the young Londoner with sponsorship deals, magazine shoots and a Premier League footballer’s salary, but after only a few cup games Bostock was shipped out on loan to a succession of clubs including Brentford, Hull City, Swindon Town and Toronto FC.
But, unable to make even the slightest impact on the Tottenham first team, Bostock was released earlier this month with no news bulletins or flash photography like his arrival at White Hart Lane. It is unfortunately a clear sign of how his star has fallen.
Did Bostock peak too early? Does he still have more to offer? For now he is a free agent.
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