Ex-Tottenham prospect John Bostock on former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Former Tottenham Hotspur prospect John Bostock speaks highly of ex-Leeds United, Chelsea and Middlesbrough striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Former Tottenham Hotspur prospect John Bostock has revealed to Cross The Line that the reason he joined Royal Antwerp was the presence of ex-Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The 23-year-old midfielder worked with the former Chelsea star at the Belgium club during the 2013-14 season.

Bostock was regarded as one of the brightest young players when he was at Spurs, but he struggled to break into the first team and was eventually let go in the summer of 2013.

The former England Under-19 international has got his career back on track in Belgium and is currently playing for Oud-Heverlee Leuven, who will feature in the Belgian Pro League for the 2015-16 campaign after getting promoted.

Bostock has now revealed that the presence of former Leeds and Middlesbrough star Hasselbaink was the reason behind his move to Belgium after leaving Tottenham.

“When my contract expired at Spurs, I had several offers to move to clubs in England,” the former Crystal Palace youngster told Cross The Line.

“However, at that time in my career I understood that it wasn’t about moving to the biggest club possible, it was about me rebuilding and moving somewhere where I would have the platform to show what I can do, to grow in confidence and really enjoy just playing every week again...

“Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink became the manager at Royal Antwerp FC and he called me and said that he would love to have me in his team so it was a no brainer for me in making the decision to move to Belgium.”

Hasselbaink is back in England and is the manager of Burton Albion at the moment.

The former Netherlands international has done a brilliant job at the Pirelli Stadium so far, having got the Brewers promoted to League One as League Two champions with 94 points from 46 matches in the recently concluded 2014-15 season.

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