Paul-Jose M'Ppoku says Tottenham Hotspur did not do enough to protect John Bostock

John Bostock - Tottenham Hotspur

The talented midfielder is now thriving in French football.

John Bostock - Tottenham HotspurJohn Bostock - Tottenham Hotspur

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

But it was Tottenham Hotspur who managed to tie him down in what was a controversial transfer back in 2008.

It was a move that eventually proved unsuccessful as Bostock never made a telling impact at White Hart Lane and left in 2013.

Since leaving Spurs he has got his career back on track in Belgian football and that earned him a move to Ligue 2 side RC Lens in France. He has been in excellent form so far this season, scoring six goals in 25 games so far this season and becoming a regular in the club’s midfield.

His brilliant resurgence has not come as a surprise to another former Spurs youngster and team-mate. Paul-Jose Mpoku spent three years at Spurs before returning to former club Standard Liege. Now at Panathinaikos he spoke of how the former Tottenham management did not do enough to get the best out of Bostock. He told So Foot:

“It's not easy to live with this pressure on your shoulders when you are fifteen or sixteen. At that age, we're not ready for anything. Overnight, you see your head in the newspapers, everyone talks about you, it's difficult to manage.

“I do not think the club has helped in this area either. Today, clubs know that when a young person breaks through and speaks out, he has to be protected at all costs, and John did not get enough of it at the time."

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There is no doubt that Bostock was perhaps not given the right opportunities by Tottenham but indeed the pressure itself might have been enough for him to fail in his Spurs experience.

But he is now thriving in French football and perhaps he is now a tougher player as a result of his struggles.

Maybe Tottenham fans will see him back playing in England again one day soon.

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