Bojan Krkic has reportedly tonight stated that he is ready to quit Stoke City as he is in search of regular game time after Mark Hughes has failed to deliver on promises to Bojan who has been sporadically used by Hughes this campaign.
Having been purchased in the summer of 2014, Bojan Krkic quickly asserted himself as a fan-favourite amongst the Stoke City faithful with some truly breathtaking moments, and we’re going to bring you our top-five Bojan Krkic moments:
#1 – THAT goal against Rochdale
When Stoke City made the relatively short journey up north to Rochdale in the FA Cup, few predicted this would spell the end of Bojan’s campaign as he injured his ACL after initally putting Stoke ahead with one of the best goals I have ever seen live for The Potters.
After a long ball forward, Rochdale headed clear before Bojan magnificently volleyed in from 20-yards as it fall out of the sky.
This was one of many moments where Bojan has took my breath away, but I was mesmerised by this goal, and it will forever live with me until my dying days.
Here is the goal if you want to re-watch it:
#2 – His first Premier League goal at the Lane!
Having struggled to cope with the initial demand of the Premier League upon his arrival, many questioned if Bojan could actually cut it in what’s described as such a physical league.
He started the first few games of the 14/15 season, but was quickly dropped by Hughes after it all appeared to much for little Bo. That was until, of course, his masterclass at White Hart Lane when Stoke City sank Spurs 2-1 in late 2014.
After some neat work from Steven N’Zonzi and Steve Sidwell, Bojan picked up the ball on the half-way line, before running the length of Spurs’ half and drilling in a quite superb effort from again the 20-yard range to announce his arrival on the Premier League stage.
It kick-started what was a fantastic performance on the day for Hughes’ side, and it was a real coming of age for Bojan.
#3 – The King of the King Power!
When Stoke travelled to Leicester City in January 2015, Stoke fans were once again treated to a sublime goal from our Spanish magician as his left-footed drive from distance was enough to beat Ben Hamer in the Leicester City goal to once again seal all three points for Stoke.
There was plenty of other Bojan Krkic goals I could have used for this, but the build-up play from Marko Arnautovic and Jonathan Walters was superb, and the finish was simply world-class from our Boje!
By that time, Bojan had became a household name in the Potteries, and once again showed the utter genius of the boy from Barcelona.
#4 – The goal against Arsenal!
It’s always a great goal whatever goal hits Arsenal’s net whenever they take to the field in Stoke-on-Trent, but this one was extra special.
When Stoke took the lead early on through Peter Crouch, Stoke quickly added a second in exquisite fashion as Jonathan Walters’ superb cross was met by Bojan Krkic who without even having time to think, volleyed home in such a gracious manner.
Bojan added a fourth on the day to make it 4-0, but it was wrongly disallowed which lead Arsenal to creep back into the game, but we’ll forget about that!
#5 – The false-nine December of 2015
This was a strange move by Hughes, who clearly had lost faith in his strikers, so when we took to the field against Manchester City, Bojan was played as a ‘false-nine’ alongside Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri.
The system worked an absolute treat for Hughes, as he picked up an impressive double against Manchester City and Manchester United, before Stoke put in one of the most breathtaking away performances at Goodison you’re ever likely to see!
The Spaniard netted against Manchester United, before producing an out-of-this-world assist for Xherdan Shaqiri for THAT goal against Everton just a few days later!
Bojan was at the forefront of everything positive in that particular system, which is why it’s super frustrating that Hughes has been so ignorant to re-introduce the system that saw some of the most exciting football in Stoke-on-Trent for decades.
There are hundreds of moments you could look back on in Bojan’s two-and-a-half year spell at Stoke City so far, and I, like the majority of Stoke City fans are praying that Hughes finally sees sense and starts to utilise Bojan once more.
If the times comes that Bojan is to depart the bet365 Stadium, we all wish him the best of luck wherever he may end up, and Bojan, if you’re reading this, please stay!