Bojan Krkic has explained why his time at Stoke is different from everywhere else he has played.
“The difference at Stoke is the number of minutes I was playing. You believe in yourself more, you try different things,” the attacking midfielder said. “Mark Hughes really believes in me, he makes me feel as though I'm a great footballer.”
When Bojan completed his signing from Camp Nou in the summer, it was considered a great coup for Mark Hughes’s side. Despite struggling to find form for a number of seasons away from Barcelona, the 24-year-old Spaniard is still young enough to fulfil some of the potential he showed as a teenager.
Commonly regarded as the ‘new Messi’ when breaking through the La Masia ranks, a succession of loan moves away from the club seemed to stall his career. He spent time with Roma, Ajax and Milan, before signing the four-year contract with Stoke in the summer.
He had made 18 appearances for the Potters, scoring five goals, before injuring himself in an FA Cup tie against Rochdale - which has ruled himself out until the end of the season.
Prior to the injury, the fleet-footed forward had brought a finesse and creativity to a new-look Stoke side, who have become more dimensional than their previous long-ball style.
Bojan was the big hope for this new style, and the Potters will be hoping that he returns from injury next season to pick up in the same impressive form that his campaign ended in.