After starting his footballing career with so much promise as a product of the Barcelona youth system, Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic’s season-long loan switch to CD Alaves has been confirmed.
The 27-year-old made over 150 appearances at the Nou Camp, winning three consecutive La Liga titles between 2009 and 2011 and being part of Barcelona’s Champions League-winning squads in 2009 and 2011, but since moving to Roma his career has been on a constant decline for years now.
His move to Stoke City sent shockwaves around the Premier League in 2014, setting the precedent for further marquee signings since, but he’s struggled to replicate the famous impact he once had in Spain.
A statement on Stoke’s official website said:
“Bojan has departed the bet365 Stadium to join Alaves on loan until the end of the season.
“The Spanish forward links-up with the La Liga side for the remainder of the campaign, having featured in just one of the Potters’ three Premier League fixtures thus far.”
The Spaniard has still managed to make 62 appearances for the Potters to date, but he’s fallen out of favour amongst manager Mark Hughes in recent times and spent last year on-loan at German side Mainz.
It was the La Liga side who took to social media to announce the switch…
— Deportivo Alavés (@Alaves) August 31, 2017
And Stoke City fans seemingly won’t be losing any sleep over the deal…
Bojan Krkic back in La Liga, leaving Stoke City for Alaves. Good move for both player and club #LaLiga
— Benjamin Crump (@BenCrump84) August 31, 2017
I love Bojan…
He has not performed since he came back from his injury and if he isn't willing to fight for his place then that's it
— Jack#8# (@JackD_88) August 31, 2017
With some wondering why the club don’t consider a permanent move away…
Alaves have signed Bojan on loan from Stoke. The lad has been loaned more times than Chelsea's fringe players
— Kaushik (@ManutdImmortal) August 31, 2017
Ummm… Stoke City fans, please answer this question for me: why does Mark Hughes keep sending out Bojan on loan?
— Tshegofatso Blessing Mashiloane (@ThatBlessing) August 31, 2017
Why can't Bojan find a club to take him off Stoke completely? These loan spells r quite embarrassing really.
— Calvin 'Emeka Onwuka (@CalvinEmeka) August 31, 2017
Others see his fall from grace as a huge shame after his Barcelona days…
Sad to se Bojan go, but in reality he left 2 years ago. Such a prospect. ? would like someone in. Bit light now?.
— Steven Johnson (@PickeringPotter) August 31, 2017
What's happened to that Barcelona wonderkid Bojan? Shame his FM/FIFA potential won't come to anything. ??
— RyRy (@RyRyOc) August 31, 2017
From Barca to Roma to Stoke and now to Alaves; Bojan Krkic's journey hasn't been so smooth. Hope he gets it right at Alaves.
— J.O.J (@OluJokotade) August 31, 2017
And leapt to his defence…
Really don't understand how Bojan is getting sent on loan from Stoke. Wasting such a talent.
— Dean Maurice (@deanmbyg) August 31, 2017
How have Stoke loaned out Bojan?!!!!
— Gopesh Pathak (@CarcasticSunt) August 31, 2017
Whilst other Stoke fans were more intrigued by what his exit might mean tonight…
Not bothered Bojan has gone.. nice bloke but he has never been a regular for any team he has played for.. must mean something..
— AndyB (@AndyB73) August 31, 2017
What do you think Stoke fans? Is Bojan’s time in England up for good? Let us know.