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Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Spurs hope their 'Special Relationship' with San Jose Earthquakes will pay dividends again as they look to loan John Bostock to the MLS side.

Bostock may not yet know the works to the Dionne Warwick classic, but at 21, he is hardly a seasoned pro and the fact that he has only figured in 39 senior games since first making his debut for Crystal Palace, should add to the evidence that this is a player that Spurs might be foolish to just dump on the football scrapheap, because he has yet to come close to fulfilling his early promise, but in what appears to be a new way of thinking from the Development coaches to loan technical players abroad as opposed to the rigours of lower league domestic football, about to be the saving grace of John Bostock or at least a visit to the last chance saloon?

It is believed that Tim Sherwood was instrumental in saving the Spurs career of Simon Dawkins and his recommendation that he have a spell playing in the MLS to prove his fitness and quality. Is the same thinking being used for Bostock, who is a player of supreme technical ability, but one that has struggled to establish himself in the lower leagues and seems to have lost his way in the game. Yet again this season I have got the impression that John has not been given a settled role in the Swindon team. He was initially used just behind the one striker, before they reverted to playing two out and out strikers, meaning Bostock was either on the bench or played deeper or wider. Never getting an opportunity to gain confidence or build up a head of steam from a run of games.

San Jose were frustrated at losing out of signing Dawkins once again, however, is the possible addition of Bostock a very nice replacement. I have felt for some time that both injuries and maybe a lack of playing time and in a secure role has caused John to stagnate. Forget the talk of a bad attitude, as that is something that has haunted him since he left Brentford as a seventeen year old, and perhaps he was trying to me a man before his time and ruffled a few feathers? Paolo Di Canio has had the player on loan twice and was more than happy with his contribution. Perhaps a case of differing personalities or simply a young man maturing.

I know there has been talk of loaning John to the US for some time and I think this could be an inspired move for player and both clubs. Bostock may never achieve the level that was expected of him, but to have a chance he has to be allowed to play week in week out and to have a settled role and feeling of belonging. This move may well be the last we ever see of Bostock in a Spurs shirt, however, it might just be the makings of him and I for one, sincerely hope he comes back as a player we can happily see in our first team squad...




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Date:Wednesday February 13 2013

Time: 1:52PM

Your Comments

Who's Tom Sherwood?
spesh-spur
I don't know "the works to the Dionne Warwick" either but still hope that Johnny boy can fulfill his promise if for no other reason then a reasonable profit return from his sale!
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms, I thought w were oing the same with Dawkins but everywhere I read, his contract is up in June, so he'd be free anyway. I've got to believe we got him to sign an extension. Otherwise, why leave San Jose, where he was doing well and where the club actually wanted him. As to Bostock, immense talent that has yet to gain any traction. Perhaps in the US he will find his legs. COYS
peterballb
spesh-spur, He's Tim's elder brother, stupid! Dont you know anything??? ;-)
oxfordspur
Oh yeah, silly me, Duh!
Spesh-Spur
That's the problem!! Tom Sherwood is Tim's brother... he's an IT manager, What the F**K would he know about football!!!
olliewebb
In all clubs there are players who at 16 look like they are going to be the bizz, so you go in and buy them for the future, but they just don't progress. I'm afraid that Bostock fits this description perfectly. There have been comments made on his attitude, and dedication in the past, which could, if true, explain to an extent his lack of progress. The question to be asked is, is he likely to become a 1st team player at Spurs in front of the likes of Holtby, Sigurdson, Townsend, and Carroll? If this is not the case, his contract can't have long to run, and when it expires get rid, the same goes for Dawkins, we can't afford to carry passengers.
Frank
My general impression of MLS is that it is just about as interesting to watch as is paint drying. Surely the death knell for this lad if he is to be loaned to a "club" there.
Total knobhead
here you are Slurms

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/burt+bacharach/do+you+know+the+way+to+san+jose_20025964.html

Don't worry you don't know it, it's only Ox showing his age!



Spuds-U-Like
I know the words to the song just not the works! But you know what they say about age Spuds... The older you get, the better you were.
Slurms McKenzie
AAAA-HHH! I'd better get my own wheelchair then! :-)

Spuds-U-Like
John Bostock who is he? Bostick stick with it son
spu 4 life
Nice article Ox. Really hope he makes a good go of it. TK - Suprised you say this. MLS is not that bad, try watching the A-League here in Oz, although granted it is improving.
thenuge
Try watching S-League here in my country and you will say MLS and A-League are miles better than football here. Granted we have players like Holt and Whitebread both Norwich players once played here LOL.
what_sux
 

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