According to a report from the San Jose Mercury News, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder John Bostock has joined the San Jose Earthquakes in preseason training with an eye to a possible loan move in time for the start of the 2013 MLS regular season.
Bostock, all of 21 years old but still looking to break through with Spurs’ first team, would provide the Earthquakes with a talented option at attacking midfielder and potentially offset some of the sting from losing out on fellow Tottenham product Simon Dawkins. The latter made a huge impact on the Quakes in his two years in MLS, but he was loaned out to EPL side Aston Villa just prior to the close of the January transfer window.
"We're not closing the door on Simon coming back," Earthquakes general manager John Doyle told the Mercury News. "In the meantime it would be nice to see how John likes us and we how we like him."
Bostock is a former captain of the England U-17 side, and was labeled earlier in his career as the "next big player" for the Three Lions. He made his debut for Spurs just prior to his 17th birthday, but he has failed to make much of an impact since then. Much like what Dawkins experienced by making a move to MLS, Bostock could benefit from a move to a side that can get his career back on track.
Though 25 years old and nearly a decade removed from the start of his professional career, Dawkins finally made his EPL debut last weekend. Coming in as a substitute for forward Andres Weimann in Aston Villa’s 2-1 victory over West Ham, Dawkins was "not fazed by his Premier League debut" and "looked lively." Always rated as a talented player, much like Bostock is today, Dawkins merely needed a club to provide him with consistent playing opportunities in order to make it to the level of the EPL.
Bostock was reported to be coming to the Earthquakes prior to the 2012 season, but that ended up being a false rumor. This season, the midfielder has finally made his way to San Jose, and perhaps with a good training camp experience, will be the next Tottenham product to make waves in MLS.