Bojan Krkic burst onto the footballing scene as he scored 15 goals in 17 appearances for AS Roma in the 2007 season. This prompted a move to FC Barcelona in 2008 and was loaned to Ajax for the previous season. Stoke City recently signed the 23 year old for a fee of £3 million and could prove to be a valuable asset to Stoke’s season.
The Spaniard is a versatile attacker who prefers to play as a second striker but can hold the line upfront himself or as a winger. He has good control which allows him to hold the ball up for others to join the attack in search of a goal. His vision allows him not only to move into great goalscoring positions but to play a teammate in on goal. Immense dribbling skills also allow him to beat defenders with ease and he has the composure which allows him to finish from almost any angle. In the past he has proven he can score from distance with a few long-range crackers during his career. His pace makes him a big threat on counter-attacks and along with his skills and vision he is a nightmare for defenders defending the break.
Bojan’s only significant weakness is that he is not strong in the air but Stoke have players such as Peter Crouch or even Peter Odemwingie to contest the aerial duels. He scored 5 goals for Ajax last season which came as a disappointment to club and player but he has already proved during pre-season that you can expect more than that from him this season by opening his account for The Potters.
He may need a few games to get used to the Premier League but once he does I believe he will be crucial to Stokes push for a top-half finish this season.
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