John Bostock - Swindon

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John Bostock has joined League One side Swindon Town on loan until January.

Source: Official Site

The young midfielder spent time on loan with Paolo di Canio's side towards the end of last season, making four appearances as Swindon won promotion from League Two.



He needs a full season (or even half season) of football to establish himself, maybe not as a Spurs fan but as a professional footballer. So much potential remains unfulfilled.
 

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As mad as Di Canio is, he could be a good influence on Bostock, who needs to get his head down and get some game time.
If you act like a Billy big bollocks with PDC, he'll cut you down to size quick enough but if you work well, it's a good wing to be tucked under.
 

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As mad as Di Canio is, he could be a good influence on Bostock, who needs to get his head down and get some game time.
If you act like a Billy big bollocks with PDC, he'll cut you down to size quick enough but if you work well, it's a good wing to be tucked under.
Completely agree.

I don't think Bostock's potential or ability are the issue, i think most would agree, it seems to be his attitude.

To echo what a lot of older names in football have stated in the past it appears that too much too young has affected the lad. For what it's worth, i'd love to see him turn it around but he'll only get that with regular games.
 

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Completely agree.

I don't think Bostock's potential or ability are the issue, i think most would agree, it seems to be his attitude.

To echo what a lot of older names in football have stated in the past it appears that too much too young has affected the lad. For what it's worth, i'd love to see him turn it around but he'll only get that with regular games.
Yep, I'm still hoping he'll come good and not become another Bentley.
If anyone will show him the way, it's Di Canio. He may, or may not be the greatest coach, I couldn't say but he's a good example for the likes of Bostock. He won't pussy foot around the £5m 'starlet' from the Premier League and he'll demand a lot from him. It can only be a good thing on what may well be JB's last chance to impress.
 

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I'm not convinced that the problem is his attitude, or his ability or his athleticism. I think his problem is that he just doesn't 'get' football.

His decision making's terrible from what I've seen, and he plays too much for his own ego than for the team. If he can get round that, then he'll be a reasonable player.
 

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I'm not convinced that the problem is his attitude, or his ability or his athleticism. I think his problem is that he just doesn't 'get' football.

His decision making's terrible from what I've seen, and he plays too much for his own ego than for the team. If he can get round that, then he'll be a reasonable player.
That's always been my view of Walnut, great pace and can kick a football but when it comes to thinking, his brain just can't keep up.
I haven't seen enough of JB to level this criticism at him though - I've always thought that he had ability but a suspect attitude.
 

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Eddie - thanks. DiCanio's comments are probably the most direct public assessment of Bostock that's we've had. DiCanio may be a bit loco, but he knows about football at the top level, and sees Bostock in training every day. Everything DiCanio says makes sense. Let's hope Bostock finally takes it on board.

He said: “We spoke together a few days ago and he asked me ‘what do you think?’ “At the moment it’s difficult because sometimes there is no difference and sometimes there is a difference when we say 4-4-2 and 4-4-1-1.
“I need two strikers now, especially at this level, both have to attack the space, drop short, pass the ball and attack the space again.
“He’s going to have a chance but he has to understand that more in the middle of the field I want to see more in training sessions. Maybe on Saturday I could send him on for 20 minutes, it could happen, because he will travel with us.¬ “He still sometimes in training sessions plays with his instincts because he’s a talented player, fantastic quality technically but in this moment he does not understand how to play with his teammates and for his teammates – he plays for himself.
“Pass the ball, receive the ball. Pass the ball and get it back. It’s not something against him but to try to help him because he can be a good player for us.
“My football has got a very clear identity. Everybody has got different quality but we know what we want and we saw against Colchester, if we don’t press, if we don’t receive the ball at the right time, our mechanism and our shape are our leaders.
“If we don’t find this way it is difficult for us to win the game with individuals doing his own instinct.
“If you play with your instinct, with less fire and less enthusiasm maybe you can win one game in the season but we are not good enough to do this. We have to play with discipline, quality, help our teammates.
“I’m going to check everything and for him if he wants to prove something under us then for 10 minutes or 20 minutes he will do the job that the manager wants him to do.
“I want a player who works for my cause not for their own cause, with all respect.”
 

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Eddie - thanks. DiCanio's comments are probably the most direct public assessment that's we've had DiCanio may be a bit loco, but he knows about football at the top level, and sees Bostock in training every day. Everything DiCanio says makes sense. Let's hope Bostock finally takes it on board.

He said: “We spoke together a few days ago and he asked me ‘what do you think?’ “At the moment it’s difficult because sometimes there is no difference and sometimes there is a difference when we say 4-4-2 and 4-4-1-1.
“I need two strikers now, especially at this level, both have to attack the space, drop short, pass the ball and attack the space again.
“He’s going to have a chance but he has to understand that more in the middle of the field I want to see more in training sessions. Maybe on Saturday I could send him on for 20 minutes, it could happen, because he will travel with us.¬ “He still sometimes in training sessions plays with his instincts because he’s a talented player, fantastic quality technically but in this moment he does not understand how to play with his teammates and for his teammates – he plays for himself.
“Pass the ball, receive the ball. Pass the ball and get it back. It’s not something against him but to try to help him because he can be a good player for us.
“My football has got a very clear identity. Everybody has got different quality but we know what we want and we saw against Colchester, if we don’t press, if we don’t receive the ball at the right time, our mechanism and our shape are our leaders.
“If we don’t find this way it is difficult for us to win the game with individuals doing his own instinct.
“If you play with your instinct, with less fire and less enthusiasm maybe you can win one game in the season but we are not good enough to do this. We have to play with discipline, quality, help our teammates.
“I’m going to check everything and for him if he wants to prove something under us then for 10 minutes or 20 minutes he will do the job that the manager wants him to do.
“I want a player who works for my cause not for their own cause, with all respect.”
Very interesting.

Hopefully the penny will drop for John.
 

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Eddie - thanks. DiCanio's comments are probably the most direct public assessment of Bostock that's we've had. DiCanio may be a bit loco, but he knows about football at the top level, and sees Bostock in training every day. Everything DiCanio says makes sense. Let's hope Bostock finally takes it on board.

He said: “We spoke together a few days ago and he asked me ‘what do you think?’ “At the moment it’s difficult because sometimes there is no difference and sometimes there is a difference when we say 4-4-2 and 4-4-1-1.
“I need two strikers now, especially at this level, both have to attack the space, drop short, pass the ball and attack the space again.
“He’s going to have a chance but he has to understand that more in the middle of the field I want to see more in training sessions. Maybe on Saturday I could send him on for 20 minutes, it could happen, because he will travel with us.¬ “He still sometimes in training sessions plays with his instincts because he’s a talented player, fantastic quality technically but in this moment he does not understand how to play with his teammates and for his teammates – he plays for himself.
“Pass the ball, receive the ball. Pass the ball and get it back. It’s not something against him but to try to help him because he can be a good player for us.
“My football has got a very clear identity. Everybody has got different quality but we know what we want and we saw against Colchester, if we don’t press, if we don’t receive the ball at the right time, our mechanism and our shape are our leaders.
“If we don’t find this way it is difficult for us to win the game with individuals doing his own instinct.
“If you play with your instinct, with less fire and less enthusiasm maybe you can win one game in the season but we are not good enough to do this. We have to play with discipline, quality, help our teammates.
“I’m going to check everything and for him if he wants to prove something under us then for 10 minutes or 20 minutes he will do the job that the manager wants him to do.
“I want a player who works for my cause not for their own cause, with all respect.”
Interesting, and kind of supports what I always felt about him - he's talented, but just doesn't see the game in his head the way (someone like) Luka does.

I almost feel the same about Defoe, albeit up front being an instinctive striker can have it's benefits. In midfield you need to understand the game, and I've never been convinced that he does.
 
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