Remember John Bostock? Of course you do. The much discussed Crystal Palace academy graduate is still loathed by some, but now it seems he’s found peace at last, plying his trade in Belgium.
We all know the story too well by now. John, blinded by the shimmering lights of the Premier League, jumped ship for Tottenham Hotspur without so much as a second thought for the club that nurtured his game throughout his formative years, playing a huge part in former chairman Simon Jordan’s disillusion with the sport as a whole.
Advised poorly by his father, John would go on to become a poster boy for failure on these shores, disappearing from the Spurs first-team completely after struggling to make any impact whatsoever under the management of Harry Redknapp.
Despite only being a child at the time of his life changing decision, there are plenty of Palace fans who choose to hold a grudge against him personally for the choices that were made, rather than the older influences in his life, who quite frankly, have a great deal to answer for.
The article attached above is an extremely interesting insight into a career that is steadily being rebuilt as a direct result of John’s natural ability and improved state of mind. Whilst he may never hit the heights many once predicted, he can take real heart from the fact that he’s been able to salvage a professional career from such fractured beginnings.
Love him or hate him, Bostock’s name is always one that has provoked intrigue amongst our supporters. It’s just a shame that we’re never likely to know just how far he could have gone in the game had things been different in his teenage years.