The Stoke City fans in the Transfer Tavern are very worried about relegation this season. The club sit 18th in the Premier League and they are one point from safety. After appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager, Stoke are hoping that he can inspire them to safety.
He has less than half of January left to bring in his own players to aid their survival bid. But he could start by just recalling one from a loan spell. Bojan Krkic needs to return to Stoke.
The 27-year-old is a very talented and versatile attacker who can provide Stoke with goals, assists and chances. But he had fallen out of favour with Mark Hughes and was subsequently farmed out on loan to La Liga side Alaves this season. According to reports in the local media, he wants to come back to Stoke for the relegation battle now that a new manager has come in.
The once-capped Spain international is now keen on a return to the Premier League. His record in the Premier League is a respectable tally of 14 goals in 53 games. The former Barcelona youngster is now entering the prime of his career and the Potters could do with his attacking talents.
For the loan deal to be cut short, all three parties have to agree. Bojan wants to move back. Alaves have some financial worries and need to get his wages off their books. The decision then falls to Paul Lambert. Indeed the new Stoke manager would be a fool to block his return. Bojan could be the spark which keeps Stoke afloat this season.