In a statement published on their official website last night, FC Barcelona confirmed that Spanish striker Bojan Krkic will again be loaned out for the upcoming 2013/2014 season, as the La Masia graduate joins AFC Ajax, where he will play under former Barca star, Frank de Boer. After two less than impressive spells away from the Camp Nou at AS Roma, and more recently, AC Milan, Bojan's career has really stagnated since his departure from Barcelona, yet at just 22 years of age, there is still a chance of him forging a relatively successful career for himself as a striker.
Unfortunately from a Barcelona perspective, this obviously means that the Blaugrana will not receive a transfer fee for the striker, and there is no indication as to whether there is an option for the Dutch champions to purchase Bojan at the end of this loan spell -- which could even last for two seasons, as Barcelona have an option to extend the loan for a second year, should they feel it's necessary. In joining Ajax, Bojan becomes the second Barcelona player is as many seasons to join Frank de Boer's set-up, following Isaac Cuenca's largely injury-hit spell at the Amsterdam Arena.
Bojan, who had also been linked with a move to Real Betis, is likely to be relishing this opportunity to get his career back on track. While Ajax will be competing in the UEFA Champions League group stages, the 22 year-old striker is likely to immediately challenge for a first-team berth -- in a system that he will be extremely familiar with after spending the majority of his career with Barcelona. Perhaps with a regular run in the first-team, and a little confidence, Bojan may finally begin to realise his potential -- and of course, we here at Barca Blaugranes wish him the best of luck in Holland, but we want to know whether or not you feel as though Bojan could yet return and succeed at FC Barcelona?
Even if the previous two seasons have not been kind to the talented striker, we all have fond memories of the 2009/10 season, when Bojan scored eight goals down the stretch in Barca's second successive La Liga title campaign, benching Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the process. If he can replicate that sort of form with Ajax, is there any chance of him returning to the Camp Nou, or is his chance at stardom long gone?