Back in October 2007 the Daily Mail ran with the article ‘Meet John Bostock, aged 15, the boy Barcelona can’t buy’.
Bostock made his debut for Crystal Palace aged 15 and from there he became the world's most wanted youngster.
Barcelona were not alone in their futile pursuit. Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea … in fact name a big team in Europe and the likelihood is they tried to sign him such was the incredible amount of hype surrounding the player.
In the end it was Tottenham who managed to tie him down in what was a controversial transfer deal worth just £1 million in compensation.
At the time Simon Jordan, then Palace chairman, was adamant that one day the young star they had just lost for what he felt was pittance would be worth much more than the price Spurs actually paid.
But he never hit the heights many expected of him. Bostock was a flop at Spurs. Loan spells with Hull City, Swindon Town and Toronto FC were all vaguely successful or unsuccessful and last summer he was released from his contract with the club.
He then surprised everyone by joining Belgian second tier club Royal Antwerp. He had an underwhelming season for the club and this summer he was on the move again. He remained in Belgium, joining OH Leuven, also in the second tier.
And his time at his new club has certainly got off to a bang.
He has scored three goals in four appearances for the club, including a brace against Patro Eisden yesterday.
And the first of his goals was absolutely sensational. He won possession 40 yards from goal before delivering a rocket of a strike beyond the flailing Patro keeper.
Now that is more like it from the 22-year-old former Tottenham wonderkid. Who knows, superstardom might yet still be on the cards.