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Domino effect: Ince to Stoke could allow Leeds to move for Bojan

Domino effect: Ince to Stoke could allow Leeds to move for Bojan

Stoke City have confirmed the signing of Tom Ince from Huddersfield Town in a deal worth an initial £10 million.

After a season which saw him struggle for form in the Premier League, Tom Ince has returned to Championship level, where he was so impressive in his Derby County days.

Stoke fans will be hoping that Ince can help them make an immediate return to the Premier League at the end of this season following their relegation from the top flight last time out.

His arrival, though, could spell the end of someone else’s time with the Potters. 

Bojan, who joined the club in 2014, was already considered surplus to requirements at the Bet365 Stadium. He may now have been, finally, fully forced out of the picture by the incoming Ince.

Bojan spent last season struggling to make an impact in La Liga whilst on loan with Alaves and is likely to return to his native Spain in the event of a Stoke exit.

Alternatively, there may be some Championship outfits willing to offer Bojan the opportunity to resurrect his career in England. 

Leeds would be wise to consider a move for Bojan this summer.

The Breakdown

If Marcelo Bielsa could acquire Bojan for a good price, then he is the kind of manager who stands a good chance of getting the best out of the 27-year-old. A Bojan back in form could have a huge impact at Elland Road this season.

The ex-Barcelona man’s creative and goalscoring abilities, and technical quality, if he were able to perform at his best, could transform this Leeds side.

However, getting Bojan back to anything close to his brilliant best is a big ask. With the Stoke man, valued at £1.35 million by Transfermarkt, in all likelihood available on a loan or cut price deal though, it’s a gamble worth taking.

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