A player famed for allegedly netting over 1,000 goals for Barcelona at youth level but has seemingly failed to replicate that prolificacy at senior-level after stints at AS Roma, AC Milan and Ajax now has it all to do on wet and windy nights in Stoke City as Bojan Krkic is desperate to demonstrate that he can fulfill what was once deemed massive potential.
Stoke announced their capture on Tuesday evening, noting on their official website that the 23-year-old arrives on a four-year contract, has experience playing alongside Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi and grew up with Potters left back and ex Barca youth product Marc Muniesa.
Bojan joins Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley and Dionatan Teixeira as the club's summer recruits and now travels to Germany where he will begin training with the Potters roster at Reit im Winkl.
Manager Mark Hughes, himself a former Barcelona player, said: "Anyone who knows European football will be aware of him as a player and the fact that he sees his future at Stoke City is really exciting and an endorsement of the club itself.
"He's desperate to prove himself in the Premier League and we're pleased to be able to offer him that platform. The time he spends with the squad in Germany will help him settle in and will give myself and the coaches the chance to take a good look at him."
The news has also gone down well with the club's fanbase, who believe the acquisition could be "the deal of the summer".
Bojan to #scfc - cracking signing!— B-LO (@BekyBekylowe) July 22, 2014
Happy with the Bojan signing. Especially if Hughes can replicate the turn round in form achieved with Arnoutovic #SCFC— Liam Thomas Morris (@Liam_Morris89) July 23, 2014
Could Bojan become a city legend? I believe he will #scfc— Rich (@r1chwh1t) July 23, 2014