The players of the past at Newcastle are Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Fabricio Coloccini and players of the future will be Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll and 16 year-old budding superstar Haris Vuckic.
Haris Vuckic – great performances in Bosnia
While Alan Shearer continues to negotiate with Mike Ashley, he will be no doubt be upbeat about some of the youngsters at the club, with Nile Ranger having an excellent game, and scoring last night for the England U19 side.
And Steven Taylor ready to lead the powerful England U21 side into the European U21 Championship Finals, and also with young 16 year old budding Slovenia superstar Haris Vukcic, only signed in January from NK Domzale, but already playing brilliantly for the Newcastle U18 side, who won the tournament they played in Bosnia.
The lad, who is 6’2″ and probably still growing with the black pudding he’ll be getting on Tyneside (what’s in it? – you don’t want to know son), has added to his growing collection of individual honors. He took both the top goalscorer and player-of-the-tournament accolades as Newcastle United Under-18s returned victorious from that competition in Bosnia.
The Ljubljana-born midfielder, still just 16, scored 5 times for the U18 side during the tournament, as they defeated opponents from Macedonia and Bosnia en route to the final before smashing Bulgarian side Levski Sofia 4-1, to lift the trophy.
Vuckic, who is already captain of his under-17 national team, arrived on Tyneside in January from NK Domzale and has gone on to earn rave reviews following a number of classy displays for the club’s reserve and junior sides with five goals.
And Academy Director Richard Money believes the young midfielder has a big future on Tynesdie:
“He’s beginning to settle in now,” “Coming over from Slovenia in January was never going to be easy, especially with such a big reputation.”
“But week by week he’s really beginning to come to grips with what we want.” “And on the evidence of the tournament in Bosnia and some of the things he did before we went away, he has all of the ingredients to be a top, top player.”
And Richard was asked when he though Vuckic could make an impact at the first-team level in the Championship next season, and Money confidently replied:
“I don’t think he’s too far away if I’m honest.” “He’s got everything really; great size, good athlete, change of pace and he’s very clever and creative with the ball.”
“I think that given the right environment and the right development then he’s got a big future ahead of him.”
As we said this morning it lifts the spirits when you see some of the brilliant youngsters we have coming through at Newcastle – and Alan has already promised to accelerate the recruitment of top young players under Richard Money – who by the way, has done a fabulous job with the youngsters this season.