Why a Redknapp-Bostock reunion would suit Blues


Another name which has been floating around online and on the forums is John Bostock.

Although there is very little substance to this link (supposedly linked by French media), the former England U19 star would certainly be a useful addition to Harry Redknapp’s setup.

Currently at Ligue 2 side Lens, Bostock narrowly missed out on gaining promotion with the French club. Because of that, he may turn his attention to a return to England and what better than to reunite with his former gaffer Redknapp?

Bostock played under ‘Arry at Spurs, albeit he didn’t make a league appearance for the first team, Harry handed his Spurs debut in a UEFA Cup match in 2008.

Fast forward to present day, the 25-year-old has had his best season yet – racking up 5 goals in 31 appearances and was voted the Ligue 2 player of the year, after an exceptional campaign at RC Lens.

The ex-Crystal Palace man has the drive and confidence now to make it in the Championship and could be that star man in midfield Blues are looking for since Jon Toral departed.

Asked if he’d return to England, the ‘boy wonder’ replied:

‘I don’t know what will happen next season but I do know there is interest from other clubs in first divisions across Europe,’ he said. ‘If I leave, I will go anywhere that is best for me.

‘As a young kid in England all you think about is England. But people should look at other countries, too.

‘Of course I would love England but that’s not the be-all and end-all now.

‘When you are young you want to read the articles and look at the stats. But I have this silly saying that goes, ‘If you only get encouraged when they say you are great, you will be discouraged when they say you ain’t’.

Bostock continued:

‘So I don’t turn my head too much to what outside people say. You can lose yourself.

‘Now I am older and more mature so if it came down to coming home it wouldn’t be too much of a problem at all.

Bostock’s jounrney to Lens

Crystal Palace (2007-08)

Tottenham (2008-09)

Brentford (loan, 2009-10)

Hull City (loan, 2010)

Sheffield Wednesday (loan 2012)

Swindon Town (2x loan 2012)

Toronto (loan 2013)

Royal Antwerp (2013-14)

OH Leuven (2014-16)

Lens (2016-present day)

Bostock at RC Lens last season
Bostock at RC Lens last season

Last season, David Davis was our own real goal threat from the middle of the park. In my opinion, Bostock is similar powerhouse player that likes to run at people and is not afraid to shoot from distance.

With Gardner at the spike of the midfield, I think targeting this type of player is needed. Yes we have Kieftenbeld, but he does seem to run out of steam now and again. So all in all, I think Redknapp should have a second crack at a player who’s now in his prime and could do a job, even as backup…

Blues fans what do you think, should we make a move for him? Let us know in the comments below!


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