Bojan putting Stoke City struggles behind him to become a star

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Bojan Krkic has put his difficult start to life at Stoke City behind him and is now the undisputed talisman of Mark Hughes's side. 

The Spaniard, who joined the Potters from La Liga giants Barcelona back in the summer, initially struggled to adjust to life in English football but is now resembling the player that was widely tipped to emulate Lionel Messi in Catalonia a few years ago. 

Loan spells at AC Milan, Roma and Ajax all failed to see him rediscover his form, but their loss has been Stoke's gain as they set about consolidating their position in the Premier League for yet another season. 

Barcelona potential

Despite not actually appearing for Luis Enrique's side since 2011, he has remained on the books of the La Liga side after previously being the face of a brighter future.

That is not to say his time in Catalonia has been a failure, far from it. He won three league titles under the tutelage of former manager Pep Guardiola, and was also a part of the side that entertained the world with their triumphs in the Champions League in 2009 and 2011.


He often had to tie with the likes of Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o for a starting berth, and even once the latter left to join Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan was unable to dislodge maverick forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the starting line-up. 

The arrival of Luis Suarez in the summer shoved him further down the pecking order, and Hughes made his move in order to save the career of a player once billed to be amongst the best forwards in the planet. 

Potters player

After looking at odds with the physicality of the Premier League during the early embers of his time at the Britannia stadium, Bojan has now hit back and is the spearhead of Hughes's side as they fight to stay in the league for a seventh consecutive season. 

He has three goals and one assist for the season, and scored a decisive penalty to see off Everton at Goodison Park when the sides locked horns on Sunday. The 24-year-old also netted a stunning solo goal against Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur last month, and also scored against Arsene Wenger's Arsenal during a 3-2 win a few weeks ago.

Though he may not be the player that many expected him to be, he is now beginning to go from strength to strength and could have a big part to play when Manchester United visit on New Years Day.  

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