Given that he has only been in England for a little over four months, it is a little premature to be speculating on the long-term future of Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic.
The diminutive Spaniard penned a four-year contract upon his arrival at the Potters and has offered no indication that is looking to break that agreement.
There is, however, a fear that a player who has previously graced the books of Barcelona, AC Milan, Roma and Ajax may grow too big for the Britannia Stadium nest.
Bojan may have lost his way somewhat since bursting out of the Camp Nou academy system, but he is only 24 years of age and is more than capable of working his way back to the top.
His recent form, after finding his feet in Premier league surroundings, suggests that he is starting to feel more comfortable and that self-belief is coursing through his veins once more.
That is both good and bad news for Stoke, with Mark Hughes delighted to be benefiting from the undoubted talents of a potential superstar but also aware that flashes of brilliance will be noted by others.
He is not the only one to be experiencing such thoughts, with former Potters boss Lou Macari aware that admiring glances from La Liga are likely to be shot in Bojan’s direction if he maintains his high standards.
Macari wrote in The Sentinel: “Bojan’s brilliant form for Stoke over the last few weeks comes with just one problem firmly attached. If it continues, there is every chance of a Spanish club coming in with a tempting offer.
“You can bet the bigger Spanish clubs will have had him watched because they will have every Premier League game scouted. And from what I see and hear, they will have been impressed by Mark Hughes' bargain summer signing.
“The one thing everyone must be agreed on is that the little fella is fully justifying whatever modest amount Stoke paid to sign him from Barcelona.
“Stoke have not had another club coming to try to sign one of their crown jewels for a long time, so it will be interesting to see how that situation is handled if and when it happens.
“I suppose a lot might depend on how much the player himself wants to go back to Spain to prove himself back in his homeland. But in the meantime, Stoke are reaping the rewards.”
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There has been some confusion as to how much Hughes paid Barcelona for Bojan over the summer, with some reports suggesting that he was acquired for a six-figure sum.
If those stories are to be believed, then Stoke have found themselves a bargain.
It is hard to believe that there was not greater interest shown in the Spain international if he really was available for a cut-price fee, but that will be of little concern to the Potters as they seek to make the best of their good fortune.