Forgotten man John Bostock could be set for a call-up from the Scottish national team.
About a year ago, I wrote an article entitled, ‘Whatever happened to John Bostock?’
The Crystal Palace teenager once hailed as among the best in the world – and reportedly tracked by both Chelsea and Barcelona – instead found his way to Tottenham Hotspur, only to quickly slip through the hypothetical cracks.
Now plying his trade at Belgian club Royal Antwerp, Bostock’s progress is apparently being monitored by the SFA.
After a brief spell playing for Toronto in the MLS, Bostock has already made more starts for Antwerp this season than in any of his previous campaigns. In 14 games he has scored one goal and has helped his current club to fifth in Belgium’s Division 2.
While not the lofty heights he was expected to scale when he first broke onto the scene, the 21-year-old is playing regularly, and given his nomadic existence in the past, that is all that can be asked.
The very fact that he remains so young means there is still time for him. It comes as something as a shock to discover his age given how long he has been in football’s collective consciousness.
But under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink he is taking steps to rebuild both his career and his reputation. And while he is said to be undecided about switching allegiances to Scotland, it is another sign that the heralded-teen turned forgotten-man may still become something akin to the player he was once touted to be.
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