Erik Pieters highlights which role is best for Bojan at Stoke

Bojan Krkic

Former Barcelona prospect Bojan Krkic has been in impressive form following his transfer to Stoke.

The 24-year-old Spanish international signed for the Potters over the summer, leaving Barcelona for a fee of €1.8 million.

A graduate of the La Masia youth academy, Bojan was once dubbed the ‘new Messi’, and, although failing to live up to that title, he has enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular career. He left Barcelona for Roma in 2011, before returning to Catalonia in 2013, and has spent time on loan with Milan and Ajax, whom he was playing for last season.

He has become something of a local hero in Mark Hughes’s new look Stoke side, and his creativity on the ball and has wowed audiences. A diminutive Spaniard who even struggled with his physical limitations in the Eredivisie, it is amazing that he has become a star at the Britannia Stadium, although praise must be given to Hughes for training him correctly, and choosing to move away from the long-ball football that had become so associated with the Potters since their arrival in the top flight.

An attacking midfielder, Bojan started the season on the wing - generally the right - and he looked out of sorts. But since being moved to the number 10 role behind the striker, he has started to excel, and Stoke teammates Erik Pieters believes that is his best position.

“That role fits him better than right striker,” Pieters told Dutch media outlet Voetbal International. “Bojan is creative, can play well between the lines and knows when are where to move.

“Before, I only knew him as a winger. But my teammate Marc Muniesa understood that Bojan has always been suitable for a central role.

“Stoke see that he is very important. When he is just behind the striker or as number 10, he can turn away or move the ball to the wings.”

Along with Bojan and Marc Muniesa, there have been rumours that Hughes wants to continue the Barcelona revolution at Stoke by signing Sergi Roberto, whilst PSV outcast Zakaria Bakkali has also been linked with a summer move to the Britannia Stadium.

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