The Newcastle United Director of the Youth Academy, Richard Money, has warned supporters not to expect too much too soon from teenage starlet Haris Vuckic.
Haris Vuckic – with his tournament trophy in Bosnia
The Slovenian youngster was signed with great fanfare last January, and has quickly emerged as one of Newcastle’s future stars on Tyneside, with some excellent performances for both the U18 and the Reserve sides.
He’s still just 16 years old, but Vuckic is already captain of his country’s under-19 side and has long been recognized as one of Eastern Europe’s brightest young players.
The cultured and creative midfielder, who can also play as a deep-lying forward, collected both the player of the tournament and top goalscorer prizes (5 goals), when Newcastle’s Under-18s won the trophy in Bosnia in May.
And Vuckic was among the goals on Tuesday night again, as Newcastle Reserves beat Blyth Spartans 4-2 at Croft Park in a terrific game.
After the game the down to earth Academy Director Richard Money told nufcTV about the still very young Vuckic:
“I don’t think we should forget that he’s still just 16 years old.”
“I wouldn’t want people to expect too much of him too soon.”
“We have to protect him. But he’s one of those players who, the better players he plays with, then the better he looks.”
“But anything is possible, he’s a tremendous talent and showed that against Blyth with a fantastic goal.”
We have two extremely exciting young talents in Vuckic and 18 year-old Nile Ranger right now, but it’s good that Money is trying to play down expectations for the good of the players.
But it’s also hard not to be excited about the seeming wealth of young talent we currently have at the Newcastle club.
It’s the only good thing we seem to have right now, after all.