From Barcelona to Rome, Bojan Krkic has done alright for himself. But would a move to the Premier League be the next best move for the striker?
One of Barcelona’s best talents to graduate from their famed La Masia youth academy in recent years has struggled to make his mark on European football. The pressures and expectations at Barcelona weren’t greatly eased by his move from the Nou Camp to Roma last season, either. New coach Luis Enrique attempted to assemble a squad of players to tie-in with the playing ideals of his former club Barcelona. But even with Bojan arriving on a two-year loan deal, and with the possibility of more playing time, both he and his new club have struggled to a degree this season.
Bojan has admitted to entertaining the idea of returning to Barcelona in the future, however his playing time might be significantly less than his first stint at the club due to the emergence of other La Masia graduates.
Interest in the striker from the Premier League has always been high, as this morning once again showed with Liverpool showing an interest. But with Liverpool looking to bolster their squad ahead of next season, more questions should be raised as to whether Bojan would fit in with the style of the Premier League and specifically Liverpool.
The problem the youngster has had in recent years is the serious lack of time to develop as one of the most impressive talents in European football. You couldn’t hide from commentators emphasising how young the player was whenever he turned out for Barcelona, and even more so when he got himself on the score sheet.
A player like him jumping across big clubs in Europe with the hopes of settling down is going to be a problem. He hasn’t developed into a natural goal scorer that his youth days suggested, and he’s done little over the past two years to warrant a starting place in any big side.
His small frame will also be a problem in the Premier League. There has been a significant shift over to smaller, technically gifted footballers in England, but Bojan lacks the confidence of those players. Strength is a problem for him, unlike compatriot Iker Muniain, who has been afforded less of the limelight at Bilbao and is developing at a steady yet impressive pace.
That’s not to say Bojan wouldn’t be a good fit for any Premier League club. After all, this is still a player who played for Barcelona. He’s quick and, with the right guidance and environment, can fulfil the potential he showed as a teenager.
Would Liverpool be a step too far at this stage? From what we’ve seen of Bojan so far it does appear so. But he still has time and bags of potential to develop into a player capable of leading the line for a big club.