Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has kind words to say about former Tottenham 'wonderkid' John Bostock

The talented Englishman is now forging a career for himself in Belgium

Back in October 2007 the Daily Mail ran with the article ‘Meet John Bostock, aged 15, the boy Barcelona can’t buy’ - heavy hype for one so young.

Bostock made his debut for Crystal Palace aged 15 and from there he became one of the world's most wanted young footballers with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea were all linked with the player.

In the end it was Tottenham Hotspur who managed to tie him down in what was a controversial deal.

But he never hit the heights many expected of him. Bostock struggled to breakthrough at Spurs. Loan spells with Hull City, Swindon Town and Toronto FC were all vaguely successful or unsuccessful and last summer he left Tottenham on a free transfer.

He then surprised everyone by joining Belgian club Royal Antwerp.

Whilst at the club he was managed by former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The now Burton Albion manager has been discussing the player in an interview with The Telegraph this weekend, stating:

“I had John Bostock last year at Royal Antwerp. He loved it. It was an eye-opener for him. The problem for English kids is that the football is so good in England, and the pay is so good, why go abroad?”

Bostock has since moved on, joining another Belgian side in OH Leuven. He has been in top form for the club this season and was recently nominated for his league's player of the month award.

If he keeps up this form perhaps a return to England could be on the cards. Perhaps Burton Albion will come calling for this one time Tottenham wonderkid.

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