Remember John Bostock; the lad touted as being the next global midfield phenomenon by Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, before he decided to join Tottenham Hotspur and ruin his chances of success in the blink of an eye? Well, it seems he’s still got a bit of magic in his boots.
This is an absolutely stunning strike from former Palace academy man John Bostock. He may well have burnt his bridges with everyone at Selhurst Park through his actions a few years ago, but moments like this can’t help but make you wonder what could have been if he’d stayed with us instead of chasing a big payday.
Now plying his trade in the Belgian Pro League with the mighty OH Leuven, Bostock has suggested that he is now more settled than ever in his professional life, having escaped the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the English game.
Saturday’s stunning strike came during the bottom of the table clash at home to Westerlo, following an early double from the home side’s striker Jovan Kostovski, on a day when Bostock and co. took themselves off the foot of the table with an emphatic victory.
Receiving the ball around 30 yards from goal following a lay-off from Remacle, the Palace academy graduate took aim before smashing a low swerving shot straight into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal for what was undoubtedly the goal of the game.
It was a moment of sheer inspiration from the midfield man, raising questions over just how far he could have gone in the game with the right degree of guidance from his family and friends in his earliest days as a professional. Still only 23, there is a chance of him one day climbing the ladder and establishing himself in one of the world’s top leagues, but for now, he seems happy in the stress-free environment of Belgium, happily adopting the role of a big fish in a small pond.
One thing’s for sure, a strike of this quality is more than good enough to grace any game on the planet.