One time wonderkid John Bostock admitted this weekend that he would be tempted by a return to English football. Speaking to The Guardian in an emotional interview he stated:
“People may feel like if I came back to England I may need to prove something but I am not worried. Maybe a few years ago I would feel worried and that I would need to prove myself, that I was this wonderkid but I don’t need to prove any of that any more. If I came back I would just want to do the best job I could for the club I play for and enjoy playing in England in front of my friends and family…”
Bostock was of course once one of the hottest talents in world football. As reported by the Daily Mail in 2007 the then 15-year-old was wanted by Barcelona among some of the bigger clubs in world football.
Instead, it was Tottenham Hotspur who snapped him up. But his development stalled at the club and it was only after a move to Belgium that things turned around. Excellent form has followed with Royal Antwerp, OH Leuven, RC Lens and he is now at Turkish side Bursaspor.
But should Millwall offer him a route back to London, where he could show just how much he has improved since his 2013 release by Spurs?
Whilst Bostock only joined the Turkish outfit in January, the Super Lig club are in serious financial trouble and The Guardian suggest Bostock has yet to be paid by the club since signing.
That could surely make him available on the cheap this summer and, at 26-years-old, it might be time for him to return to England.
Millwall would offer him the perfect opportunity to do so. Bostock, from nearby Camberwell, would be back on his home turf with a definite point to prove. Indeed, back in 2013, Millwall were one of many teams linked with signing the player on a free transfer – as reported by The Express.
But Bostock needed to go abroad to escape the limelight and he has been excellent in rejuvenating his flagging career.
Millwall have built a brilliant tight-knit squad of players who, like Bostock, have largely been turfed out by other clubs. The result has been a hard-working team that very nearly upset the promotion party in the Championship this season.
Bostock could add just that little bit of quality that perhaps Millwall lack in order to take them into the top six.
Millwall would be making a shrewd move if they decided to bring the former Barcelona targeted wonderkid back to South London this summer.