5 Reasons to Believe Bojan's Best Is Yet to Come for AC Milan
With all the changes that took place at the San Siro over the summer and the subsequent inconsistent form of the Rossoneri, it's so far been quite hard to fully understand AC Milan's starting 11.
A player who has been on the fringe of that starting side is Bojan Krkić. With coach Massimiliano Allegri tinkering with the formation—sometimes more than once in the same match—Bojan has seen his number of opportunities to establish himself in the side be affected.
However, having recently featured more prominently in Allegri's plans, Bojan is starting to make good on his always prodigious promise.
Let's take a look at five reasons why the best is still to come from the Spaniard.
To fully understand who Bojan Krkić is as a player, we must first look at where he came from.
On September 16, 2007, Bojan made his debut for Barcelona at just 17 years and 19 days. Over the next four seasons, the youngster scored 26 times, despite never fully establishing himself in a side which included the likes of Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.
Bojan was one of the players to watch at the club in Europe. However, in a team so bursting with good footballers, opportunities were limited.
Perhaps founded on a desire to increase his playing time, Bojan moved to Roma for €12 million in 2011. Whilst the move to the Italian capital began promisingly under the management of countryman Luis Enrique, this did not continue once Zdeněk Zeman took over.
The change in Rome prompted the loan move to Milan, a side trying to rebuild itself with top quality, young players. Given the pedigree he came from, Bojan is exactly the kind of player Milan needed in a football climate where they can no longer compete in pure monetary terms.
Most worrying for Milan, and demonstrative of the talent Bojan clearly possesses, is that Barcelona still have a buy-back clause written into his contract.
It's remarkable to think that a player who was part of Ronaldinho's famous Barcelona side could still be only 22, but such is the case with Bojan. Despite many years of experience in both Spain and Italy's top flight, not to mention the Champions League, he still has youth on his side.
This fits perfectly with the Rossoneri's vision for the future. So long a team with a reputation as aging (or already aged), Milan now have some of Europe's most gifted young players.
An attacking trident of Stephan El-Shaarawy, Alexandre Pato and Bojan, if made to jell correctly, could be one of the most exciting in Europe. With a combined age of only 65, they all have plenty of time ahead of them.
Like the other two players mentioned in the previous slide, Bojan is blessed with electric pace. It's an old adage in football, but it still rings true.
What defenders really don't like playing against is pace.
Given the space and time to use it—and the pitch at the San Siro is on the large side, almost exactly the same as the Camp Nou—Bojan can give defenders a torrid time.
By combining three attacking players with such natural speed, Milan have the opportunity to create a style of play that is exciting, attacking and dynamic, while contrasting with the patient and sometimes frustrating approach of tiki-taka.
The above video is a fantastic example of the level of ability Bojan possesses. No words of mine can do it justice, so take a look and then check back with me at the next paragraph.
Done? Mind blown? Good. It's such a shame that the goal didn't quite come off, but the skill itself is more than enough to illustrate my point.
So far, at Milan, we've seen precious little of what this phenomenal talent is capable of. However, as the title of the article states, the best is yet to come.
If it's anything like this video, Milan fans have a lot to look forward to.
Once again, Milan has not seen the best of Bojan in this area. His one goal so far was a deflected long-range effort in a 5-1 victory over Chievo. That scoreline inspired an optimism in Milan fans that has already been dashed by another disappointment at the weekend.
Nevertheless, as the above video demonstrates, there really is a lot more to come from Bojan in this department.
A total of 26 goals for Barca, given the playing time he received, was really quite decent. Even the seven that he scored in one season at Roma was not bad for a Spanish youngster in Italy with ever dwindling first-team opportunities.
Bojan can be deadly, can create chances for himself and will do so if Milan nurture him correctly.
They will then just need to ensure that neither Roma nor Barcelona are the ones to truly benefit from it.