Bostock can try to rebuild career with Toronto FC

John Bostock

John Bostock

It’s a symbiotic deal: Toronto FC desperately needs attacking options, and midfielder John Bostock needs to get his career moving in a positive direction.

TFC announced Friday that Bostock, who has been in the team’s camp for weeks, has officially come to the team on a loan deal from Tottenham. Bostock, previously auditioned for the San Jose Earthquakes, which makes sense as Spurs and that MLS club have an official partnership agreement.

But Bostock now comes to TFC, which badly needs someone to link up striker Robert Earnshaw with the rest of the team. In last week’s season-opening 1-0 loss to Vancouver, the Reds were well organized and compact in the back, but played such a conservative game that Earnshaw was often left to fend for himself up top. If TFC wants to make such a conservative game plan work, it will need to capitalize on the few chances it does create — which means it needs an experienced attacking mid to get balls to Earnshaw or to create space for Earnshaw by drawing defensive pressure.

Kyle Bekker was in that role from the start of the game last week, and it’s a tough position in which to have a rookie, playing his first MLS match. And, second-year attacking mid Luis Silva may or may not be available for Saturday’s dome opener against Sporting Kansas City.

Bostock was a former captain of England at the youth level, but reports from Trinidad and Tobago (CLICK HERE) state that he’s shown interest in switching national-team allegiances, and could be called into T&T’s senior friendly against Belize on March 22. That match would not have an impact on the TFC schedule.

Bostock was signed as a teenager by Crystal Palace, but then forced a move to Tottenham. It was a case of “be careful what you wish for” as he never made a senior appearance for Spurs. He’s spent the last four years being loaned out to Brentford, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town — and didn’t get a lot of senior appearances in with those clubs, either.

This is a chance for Bostock to rebuild his career. A new league, a new club and, possibly, a new national team.


About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.