Bojan: The rise & fall


Now at the pivotal age of 22-years-old, the once precocious La Masia graduate, Bojan Krkic is at a crossroads in his short well documented career. 

On the 16th of September 2006 Barcelona made a substitution replacing Giovani Dos Santos with seventeen year old debutant Bojan, the promise, the expectations and the pressure all began to formulate as soon as the starlets squad number appeared on the board. 

Born in the heart of Catalonia, the son of a former midfielder Bojan's flair was apparent at a tender age. Joining Barcelona's famed youth academy at the age of nine, establishing his name on the youth scene reportedly scoring an incredible 500 goals. 

From the quiet nature of youth football to the intimidating 99,354 capacity Nou Camp where the likes of Johan Cruyff forged their name, It wasn't long before quixotic expectations where placed on his back. He was being touted as one of the best prospects to emerge in recent years and the mental fragility of Bojan created the spiralling fall. 

Following one hundred and four appearances for the Catalan giants in which he scored twenty six times, Barcelona decided to part ways with their once prized asset for €12 million to Italian side A.S Roma. Inserted in the contract was a buy back clause which give Barcelona an option of resigning Bojan in 2012 or 2013. The complex contract also required Roma to pay additional €28 million if they decided to retain the player after the seasons conclusion. 

A modest campaign for the youngster saw him don the colours of the Giallorossi thirty three times, scoring seven times. As Roma opted against signing him, Bojan appeared lost in the transition of changing roles from a upcoming talented youth player to a potential focal part of a side. 

A few days before the summer transfer window closed On the 29th August 2012 AC Milan committed themselves to taking Bojan on a season long loan. The emergence of El Shaarawy and M'Baye Niang saw opportunities scarce at the San Siro and the 2012-13 season was inevitably one of frustration, making only nineteen appearances and scoring a lacklustre three goals. 

Bojan still appears to have suitors as his immense potential is unmistakably obvious but he still doesn't appear to have taken the next step in his career by staking a claim in the sides he's played for. The quick feet, the finishing ability will seduce European sides in to taking a chance on him. 

Perhaps he was rushed into a side of Barcelona's magnitude without being able to adequately develop, this is a problem that the Blaugrana are desperately trying to avoid with Gerard Deulofeu. 


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