Do you remember the name John Bostock? Once upon a time, he was the next big thing at Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs poached him from Crystal Palace in a controversial deal which saw a tribunal set the fee at just £700k, leaving then Eagles chairman Simon Jordan furious.
That was hardly a surprise given his revelation several years later that La Liga giants Barcelona were once courting him aged 14. Chelsea even had a bid turned down for him in the region of £900k prior to his move to N17.
Bostock was at Spurs for five years, first arriving under Juande Ramos in 2008 before Harry Redknapp and then Andre Villas-Boas took the reigns. He made only four senior appearances in north London.
During that time, he was sent out on loan to five different clubs, ranging from League Two Swindon Town to MLS outfit Toronto.
Though, he could never hit the heights he had once been touted for. Bostock was among the same age group as Harry Kane yet it was often the former that was tipped for greatness.
The Daily Mail dubbed him “the golden boy of English football”…
The short answer is nowhere. The 28-year-old does not currently have employment with any club anywhere.
At the start of October, he was released by Ligue 2 outfit Toulouse, who were relegated from France’s top tier last season, after a loan spell at Championship side Nottingham Forest.
His journey to France came via a spell in Belgium for Thursday night’s Europa League victors Royal Antwerp and then OH Leuven.
It was then Lens and a short stay at Turkish Super League club Bursaspor before returning to French football.
At international level for the England U17 squad, Bostock captained the side but now at 28, he finds himself at a crossroads without a contract.
Whether it was a decision from Villas-Boas or from chairman Daniel Levy, they were clearly right to dump him for free in 2013.
He evidently wasn’t going to make it at Spurs and that call has been fully vindicated as proven in the interesting path his career has taken since.
AND in other news, £63m-rated lightweight may have blown his final chance at Spurs…