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Opinion by drunksheep posted over a year ago
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On September 16, 2007, just 19 days after his 17th birthday, Bojan Krkić Pérez made his competitive debut for Barcelona in a league match against CD Osasuna. He replaced Giovani dos Santos in the 80th minute; coincidentally, the Mexican striker and Gabi Milito started for FCB for the first time in that same game. Three and a half years on, Bojan made his 100th league appearance against Getafe on Saturday.
What should have been a celebratory start was looked upon with little enthusiasm by the average cule. When the match line-up came out an hour before kickoff, you could almost hear the groans from the peanut gallery. "Urgh, Bojan?" With a front line consisting of Bojan, Messi, and Villa, the weak link seemed pretty obvious: the young Catalan. So what has happened to the promising striker who netted 12 goals at the age of 17? Why has he become a pariah of sorts while amassing trophies and contract renewals?
Part of it lies in who he is: a support striker in the mould of Raul rather than a burly attacker like Didier Drogba. He is, in many ways, Wayne Rooney without the physical traits. And Barcelona under Pep Guardiola don't do the burly central striker thing, even when...
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