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Johnny B good!

Posted on 6 November 2008  - 12:00

Young midfield prodigy John Bostock - just 16 - is on the bench for tonight's UEFA Cup clash against Dinamo Zagreb and Harry Redknapp insists he'd love to see more of our youngsters follow him onto the first-team stage.

Johnny B good!

Young midfield prodigy John Bostock - just 16 - is on the bench for tonight's UEFA Cup clash against Dinamo Zagreb and Harry Redknapp insists he'd love to see more of our youngsters follow him onto the first-team stage.

The England youth international who made his Championship debut as a 15-year-old at Crystal Palace has already enjoyed a taste of first-team action here when he joined the squad for our pre-season training camp and featured in all three friendlies in Spain.

He has impressed new boss Harry in training and now gets his chance.

"John has terrific talent and I've been impressed with one or two of the other young lads so I'd like to get into a position if we could and the game is going our way to introduce one or two of these kids," said Harry.

"I'd love to get them on the pitch.

"John is a good young player with plenty of talent. We've seen plenty of good 16-year-olds and he certainly is a special young player, he has terrific ability but how far he goes will be up to him. It's how hard he and the other young kids want to work at their game

"He's a left footer. He is still learning the game and he's still learning where he will play. He's got a chance and whether he takes that chance will be up to him. Whether he makes the most of his ability depends on how hard he wants to work. He looks the type of lad who will want to work, but only time will tell.

"He's a nice kid, but he's one of several good kids here. This has been a club that has produced home-grown players over the years. Perryman, Hoddle were fantastic, so let's hope there are a few more coming out of this youth team now.

"I'm only just getting to know the kids, watching the reserves the other night, there were some lads I hadn't really seen too much of, a lot of them are new to me. I'm looking forward to seeing them, pushing them on into the reserve team as quick as we can and then from there, who knows?"