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Bojan: Time to fulfill early promise

Bojan has joined Ajax on loan  (©GettyImages)
Bojan has joined Ajax on loan (©GettyImages).

The arrival of €40,000,000 man David Villa to Barcelona affected Bojan’s game time and chances in the squad. 

Pep Guardiola also opted to play Pedro over Bojan and this caused further detriment his early career.

However, he did manage to captain the Catalan side and score on his 100th appearance for the club.

Bojan was initially tipped to set the world on fire and was once predicted to be the ‘next Lionel Messi’

Perhaps it is unjust to criticise someone so young - Bojan is only 22-years-old and has a wide wealth of experience any player would be proud of - however, he’s faltered and not reached the heights as expected of him. 

He rose to prominence during the 2007 U17 championships, where he was joint top goal-scorer despite being only 15 and the youngest player at the tournament.

From 2007-2011, Bojan had scored 41 goals for Barcelona’s full-team and he averaged double-figures every season. 

This is remarkable statistics for a teen and close to Messi’s figures of 43 goals in his first four seasons in the first team. 

He broke Messi’s record, during his breakthrough 2007/08 season becoming both Barcelona’s youngest player and scorer. 

Moreover, he broke, Real Madrid legend, Raul’s, La Liga record and scored a record 10 goals in a breakthrough season. 

These achievements garnered appreciation and Bojan was awarded with the 2008 La Liga’s Breakthrough Player award. 

The Spaniard was then given Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s number nine shirt and must have thought he was bound to be an integral part of Barca’s all-conquering squad. 

He has won the Uefa Champions League twice, La Liga three times, the Copa Del Rey and also Uefa Super Cup and Fifa World Club Cup competitions.  

He was then sold to Serie A side Roma for a region of €12,000,000 but with up an additional €12,000,000 in add-on-fees and went on to score seven goals in 33 games for Roma before moving to AC Milan on loan. 

Decent performances at Milan did convince the Rossoneri to elongate his stay, but Barcelona were quick to claim their buy-out clause - something they’d intentionally instilled after the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga with Arsenal. 

He returned to Barcelona, but has been instantaneously sent out on loan to Dutch giants Ajax.

Barcelona and Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff convinced Bojan to play for Ajax with the added interest of Champions League football. 

Still with many years ahead of him, he is definitely capable of fulfilling his limitless potential.

If he can break into the Barcelona team in the coming years, he’ll definitely mature into a fantastic player, but he needs to start performing quickly and demonstrate the technique and ability he possesses at a consistent level.

 

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