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OH Leuven's Bostock: I was never given a shot at Tottenham

Former teen prodigy John Bostock feels he never got the opportunity to prove himself at Tottenham.

The now-23-year old midfielder was signed by Spurs from Crystal Palace when he was 16 after a sparkling youth career with the Eagles.

Bostock, who captained the England U17 team, now finds himself with Belgian second division club OH Leuven and although he is finally happy with his lot, he bemoans the fact that Spurs didn't give him much of a chance after working so hard to sign him.

"I signed when Juande Ramos was manager and Damien Comolli was sporting director," he told the Daily ail.

"It was a very different club to now where (Mauricio) Pochettino is giving everyone a shot. No young players were playing.

"In my position, there was Luka Modric, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Gareth Bale - world class players.

"I came in at 16 and hoped it would be like it was at Palace. It wasn't. When you don't get a game, when you get put back into the Under 18s, it becomes a huge mental challenge."

Andrew Slevison
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