Time for Bojan to concentrate on Stoke City future, not a Barcelona return

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Bojan Krkic has spoken about his fondness of Barcelona, but it is time for the 24-year-old to put his head down and concentrate on playing at Stoke City.

Bojan Krkic may have played over 100 games for Barcelona, but his career since is starting to resemble that of a journeyman.

Having spent the first 12 years of his young career at the Spanish giant, the move to Stoke City made the Staffordshire club his fifth team in three years.

It won’t come as a great surprise to Potters fans that the forward has been talking about the possible return to the Catalan club at some point.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, the 24-year-old spoke about a possible return to Barcelona.

"I've always been asked about the possibility of going back to Barca," he explained. "I don't want to close any doors.

"It's the place I grew up, where I got taught everything and where I had the chance to spend four great years. Right now I'm with another team, I'm playing in a great league and I want to keep progressing as a player."

Since his arrival at the Britannia Stadium, Bojan has struggled to make a huge impact on Mark Hughes's side, starting five of 12 games this season, playing only 489 minutes.

However, the Spaniard did score his first Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2-1 win, showing just what he is capable of this season.

That has been the problem for the four teams that have signed the Spaniard since he left Barcelona. There is definitely promise there; no one will deny he is a talented player. The problem with Bojan in unlocking the consistency that goes with that talent.

If the player was to leave Stoke in January or in the summer, then it would be another set-back in his career. If he is playing constantly, he needs to stay with one club for a prolonged period.

That will help him settle down and hopefully find a new home outside of Barcelona. If he returns to the region without success, he could become one of the most wasted talents in European football.

For Barcelona has scored goals in 25% of his appearances, since leaving that has dropped down to 18%, with his record of seven in 33 games for AS Roma being his best return outside of Spain.

It is time for Bojan to get his head down and make sure he gives 100% at Stoke, before he starts thinking about his next move.

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