Spaniard Bojan must be patient in regards to a first-team place, according to Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen.

Bojan, 26, hasn’t featured for Stoke since the result at Selhurst Park on the 18th September, where Stoke city were well-beaten against Crystal Palace.

Having just signed a five-year-deal in February, Bojan hasn’t featured as regularly in Stoke’s team as he’d like to, struggling to really nail down a regular place in the starting XI.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke, Bowen insisted: “He’s naturally disappointed,

“When the team’s winning and playing well, you’ve got to be patient.”

“We all want to see players of his talent playing but sometimes it doesn’t happen for different reasons,” Bowen said.

“Certainly for me, as a former defender, when you’re winning and you get into that last 15 minutes, you want a clean sheet and to protect what you’ve got.

“Maybe he’s been a victim of that but he’s certainly in the manager’s plans and he’s an important member of the squad. I’m sure he’ll show that in the coming weeks and months.”

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