Stoke City have been rocked by the news that Bojan Krkic is to miss the remainder of the season after damaging knee ligaments.
The Spanish forward has been a revelation for the Potters this term, with the ex-Barcelona man recapturing his best form in England.
Mark Hughes was prepared to snap him last summer when some were possibly questioning his ability to fulfil his true potential.
He has shown at the Britannia Stadium that he can be a devastating attacking weapon and will be a big miss for Stoke over the coming weeks.
It is, however, important that others step up to the plate in his absence.
Bojan’s value is highlighted by the Opta statistics below, with goals added to his creativity.
Hughes has other options at his disposal, but the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Victor Moses need to show that they can be talismanic figures.
|Total Att Assist||Big Chance Created||Goals||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Mame Biram Diouf||14||3||5||19||1,354|
Stoke also have the option of deploying Jon Walters in a deep-lying post, with Peter Crouch or Mame Biram Diouf operating as a lone frontman.
Stephen Ireland and Charlie Adam are other names that could be thrown into the hat, with both having seen game time limited this season.
They may not be as forward-thinking as Bojan, but both possess the required ability on the ball to cause havoc between the lines, pick out a pass and offer a goal threat from distance.