Brilliant 16 Year-Old Vuckic Pushing For First Team Next Season


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.


83 comments so far

  • stevep

    May 28, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    If Shearer gets Ashleys backing to bring in a few experienced campaigners to mix with the good youngsters we have we could wrap up the championship title by next Jan 🙂

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  • pickard

    May 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #2

    That is the one positive thing: we do have quite a few youngsters – Krul, Tozer, Kadar, Vuckic, Ranger, Carroll, Lua Lua and so on, who maybe wouldn’t have enough experience to cut the mustard in the top flight, but might prove useful in the Championship.

    Although a lot depends on the state of the rest of the club. If they don’t give Shearer what he wants and he walks, I’d expect far lower gates, poorer performances, and another season of struggle, with the possibility of administration…

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  • SirTitusBramble

    May 28, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    some good news finally!

    vickic, kadar, tozer, ranger and krul are our future and we should give them a chance sooner rather than later

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  • Macas35

    May 28, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    What we have to realise is that these kids probably won’t be starting regularly next season, but they should get some experience over what will be a long hard season. I don’t think we should expect too much of them though.

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  • DJM TOON

    May 28, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    ranger and lualua will be in the mix very early on i would imagine next season. its perfect in many ways because youngsters of this calibre are sent to the championship to be blooded, and then come back form the loan spell and sit it out again waiting to get their chance and having to fit the team, whereas our lads will be blooded in the team that they will play with regularly. a very positive thing.

    i agree, dont put too much on their shoulders, but if they’re professionals and want to succeed then they will be eager to accept that responsibility. i think ranger and lualua are both at a stage where they want their chance and will push for it.

    good for them… and us…

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  • Mark j

    May 28, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Macas mate agree, we need to sign some solid, experienced players to mix it with what little we have left. Sayin that tho, if they do get a chance and play well, as big al said, if they are good enough, they are old enough

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  • Nobby_Long

    May 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Vuckic has looked good when I’ve seen him come on for the reserves – can’t recall if it was against Man utd or Man City or both. Always wanted the ball, and looked for a good pass or tried to get on the end of things in the box……….

    I hope we can hang on to the likes of him.

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  • ToonRich

    May 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8

    A wise man once said “if you’re good enough, then you’re old enough”

    I really wish people would give our youngsters a chance. A few of them are hitting their eary 20s, so why not give them a chance ahead of buying more 20-somethings to fill in. Fair enough get some seasoned mid 20s players in, but lets build on these promising talents we have right now.

    I still believe players like LuaLua & Ranger should have been involved in the last few games of the season, had they been we might still be in the EPL! Give them a proper run in pre-season and see how they fair…

    Krul would be my choice for #1 next season, and perhaps bring in Westwood?
    Anyone seen the Bleachers report for who we could buy, looks quite interesting:
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/185507-newcastle-uniteds-31m-championship-winning-line-up#page/2

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  • sahota

    May 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #9

    I think at some point of time in this season Shearer will give these guys a chance. I will be very happy if they just take their chances and create many selection issues for Shearer.

    But at this moment I am more worried about appointment of Shearer. I think club should issue a statement sometime soon about how they are going about it.

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  • dougnufc

    May 28, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #10

    ToonRich, wasn’t it Shearer who said that?

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  • MarkO

    May 28, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Shouldn’t get a regular start next season, but should certainly start a few and be a regular on the bench along with Ranger and LuaLua.

    Krul should start in goal next season, Harper just doesn’t install confidence at all.

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  • toooooonfan

    May 28, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #12

    YES
    SHEARER CONFIRMED
    FINALLY!

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  • sahota

    May 28, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Com’on Mike and Co give us some news today to cheer about.

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  • boater

    May 28, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    tooonfan… or anyone.

    What have you seen in the 8 games under Shearer that suggests we will turn things around and get promoted next season?

    I have yet to hear one decent reason why he should be our manager?

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  • ToonRich

    May 28, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #15

    dougnufc, it’was Shearer who said that…although I’m sure he got them from SBR 🙂

    toooooonfan // May 28, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    YES
    SHEARER CONFIRMED
    FINALLY!

    YOU HAVING US ON????

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  • DJM TOON

    May 28, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    ?????????????????

    where did you hear tht?

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  • DJM TOON

    May 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    sorry, no news at all that i can find

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  • boater

    May 28, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #18

    When I read the posts on here it’s easier to understand why we got relegated. You all live in a fantasy world…

    Next season you imagine Shearer suddenly overseeing a comprehensive promotion campaign – with Rob lee and various other ex-legends at his side… a team of straight-living, fast goal-scoring young local talent that “really shows those overpaid pre-madonnas what it’s all about”….

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  • TheDan

    May 28, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Right, I havent commented really on the blog since I used to post under the name Dan13 but anyways here it goes.
    In a way i’m relieved to be relegated as it was only going to be another season of sheer disappointment and mass failure.
    Next season however, I feel with a good clearout of players that don’t care for newcastle we can come back up and be the force we once were with the likes of the local players, the reserves and some young english talent I am hoping we will buy.
    I for one am definately renewing and will back Shearer all the way (I have every confidence he will stay) 😀
    Thats all from me lads lol.

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  • ToonRich

    May 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Boater, what do you see then???

    A question to those who arent too keen on having Shearer as permenent boss – Do you think we should tempt Bilic? I read he’s interested in Celtic job, I’m sure the toon job would be more of a challenge for him 😉

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  • DJM TOON

    May 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #21

    boater you muppet,

    i read on bbc sport about rob lee and john carver coming in,

    as for local young talent, ranger aint particularly a local lad is he?

    mojority of our young talent arent local lads.

    do you own a red and white striped top you SMB.

    we’ve just been relegated fella are you stopping us in believing we can turn it around?

    and more importantly, this is idle banter… just because not all of us are eternal pessimists and doom mongers.

    give us a break

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  • hitman

    May 28, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #22

    put setanta sports on now.

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  • Dragonera

    May 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #23

    boater

    I’m with you on this one. Our management decision needs to be thought through properly, but that idiot MA just doesn’t learn from his mistakes. He will continue to make knee jerk reactions and buckle to the demands of the fans. Shearer may well turn out to be a good manager, but why not employ Martinez or Coppell instead. Two managers with Championship experience that play football the right way. We need to shift this “Geordie through and through” mentality. It will take the team nowhere.

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  • batty

    May 28, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #24

    hitman u perv

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  • nufc1818

    May 28, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #25

    tooooonfan

    ?????
    grow up if youve just made it up!

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  • Elfy_Toon

    May 28, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26

    anyone ele noticed Krul is pledgin his future to newcastle and aims to be our first choice come cardiff :
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/05/28/tim-krul-aiming-to-be-newcastle-united-s-no-1-72703-23733324/

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  • batty

    May 28, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    listen u muppets who dont want shearer are u the same ones who sed he should manage a lower leauge side first to get experance well now you have your wish we are a lower leauge side so i take it u just dont like shearer

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  • hitman

    May 28, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #28

    lol

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  • ToonRich

    May 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Hitman, whats on setanta mate?

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  • batty

    May 28, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #31

    toon rich hitmans a perv lol

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  • workyticket

    May 28, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Dragonera, absolutely spot on with comment 23.

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  • workyticket

    May 28, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #33

    batty // May 28, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    “listen u muppets who dont want shearer are u the same ones who sed he should manage a lower leauge side first to get experance well now you have your wish we are a lower leauge side so i take it u just dont like shearer”

    That is a good point batty! LOL.

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  • dougnufc

    May 28, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #34

    what is on setanta? is it true that shearers deal is done?

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  • batty

    May 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #36

    worky we need some 1 who tells it how it is and wont tell us porkys and shearer is that man

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  • komfort

    May 28, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #37

    batty , @ 27 & 36 100% agree..

    for once..lol

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  • batty

    May 28, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #38

    dougnufc sentana half naked girl and no deal done m8

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  • ToonRich

    May 28, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #39

    I dont think anyone from outside the geordie nation would want the job of taking us back the the prem…Coppell hasnt managed it with Reading, so what makes you think he could turn us around!
    IF Shearer didnt want the job, I’d like Martinez or Bilic. Both like to play fast flowing, attacking football 🙂

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  • DJM TOON

    May 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #40

    its natural to be sceptical, but come on… the point about shearer starting in a lower league…. you got it… the point about shearer not takign fools lightly… you got it… the point about shearer demanding a complete restructure of the club… you got it.

    yeah, he’s lacking experience, but if he surrounds himself with a good strong team, then their is no reason why he cant succeed.

    also, lots of the players, krul, taylor, beye, duff, butt have all said thank go d he came in because the club was sinking with anyone else so he clearly has something going for him. and you may reply by saying they just want renewed contracts because noone will have them but i disagree, taylor, krul, duff and beye would find it easy to move.

    also, aint it funny how our captian hasnt even said one word about relegation?

    i bet shearer gave him a good hiding

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