Mark Hughes backs Stoke game-changer Bojan Krkic to excel

The former Barcelona star is ready to make his return from injury.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has stated that star attacker Bojan Krkic is a game-changer for the club, according to The Mirror, and is ready to be unleashed in the Premier League once more.

The gifted forward had an impressive debut campaign in English football but suffered a serious injury at the tail-end of last term that has seen him miss the start of the new season.

However, with Bojan being reintroduced to first-team action gradually, the Britannia Stadium chief has revealed that the ex-Roma and Ajax loanee is ready to make a start for the Potters.

Hughes’ men take on Leicester today and could well welcome their attacking talisman back into the starting XI.

“He’s a game changer. The key is that when he does come back we want him to pick up where he left off,” Hughes stated in a press conference, published in The Mirror.

“If we brought him back early, maybe people would question if he’s the same player again.

“You need to protect players from negative comments like that if they’ve been out injured for a long while. That’s unhelpful.

“People will want him to win games for us and have a positive impact.

“Four or five weeks ago he felt he could be involved but he didn’t have the capacity to do that. He certainly has now.”

Stoke have recruited well in the off-season and the partnership between Bojan and new man Xherdan Shaqiri will surely have the Britannia Stadium faithful excited.

Hughes has tried to install a more progressive style of football at the club since taking over, which is an ongoing project for the Welsh manager.

Bojan has played at a host of big clubs but not received regular football, with his time at Stoke showcasing just how talented an individual he is.

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