Stoke City announced their marquee signing of the 2014 summer transfer window on Tuesday, with former Barcelona winger Bojan Krkic making the move to the Britannia Stadium.
The club's official Twitter account first announced the news:
The club released a statement via their official website, providing details on the four-year signing and a reaction from manager Mark Hughes, who 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.
While his play was promising early in his Barcelona career, he failed to develop at the rate the club had expected, spending several years out on loan in search for consistent playing time.
Bojan has been around for a long time already, so it's easy to forget the Spanish winger is still only 23 years old. A move away from Barcelona could do wonders for his career, and he still flashes the potential that had everyone in Spain excited about his future.
Football Italia's Suzy Campanale couldn't help herself, noting the path the youngster has already followed and wondering which club didn't exactly fit in the list:
Bojan Krkic, from Barcelona to Roma, Milan, Ajax and... Stoke. It's like the opposite of this meme. pic.twitter.com/4UFu8fM0cq— Susy Campanale (@SusyCampanale) July 22, 2014
There was no way nobody was going to make this joke:
Bojan Krkic, the man with so much potential at Barcelona, now has the chance to prove he can do it on a cold, wet night in Stoke. #scfc— Ethan (@EthanHenson_) July 22, 2014
The Spanish winger will sign a four-year deal with the Potters, who didn't disclose the fee the club paid for his services.
Bojan is often criticised for his failure to live up to the enormous expectations, and a move to a club like Stoke could be exactly what the youngster needs. He's still an excellent dribbler and passer of the ball, doing most of his damage creating for others.
Finishing has always been an issue for the former Barcelona man, but with less pressure to perform at the Britannia, perhaps he will finally have the opportunity to make good on all his promise.