Money Reminds Fans Vuckic Still Just 16 Years Old

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Eaststander

    Aug 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Sorry but I will excited Vuckic, Ranger and Kadar will feature next season and will show our Ex prem players for what they really are- Crap.

  • Graeme

    Aug 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    If he’s good enough, he’s old enough to play the occassionaal game for the 1st team, even if its as a 2nd half sub.

    Yes, the young ones need protecting, but they have to be given exposure as well to aide their development.

  • repo

    Aug 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    well i was at the blyth game last night and he was head and shoulders above anybody on the pitch last night..

    really good player…

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Well said Eaststander…I think the current 1st team lacked in all departments last season…no skill,no craft,no team work,no fight.

    I would have played the kids for the last 8 games as the 1st team showed nothing.

  • AussieToon

    Aug 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    This boy has got so much talent.

    I am excited by him and some others and I will stand by my opinion that they should get some game time this season.

  • Eaststander

    Aug 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Just seen Steve Bruce for the first time on skysports with his Mackem top on. It looks all wrong. You can almost see the shame in his eyes

  • ginkoh

    Aug 5, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    See Arsenal and you will know age is not important if you good enough !!!

  • dave 1961

    Aug 5, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    we should remember that it was the thing at Newcastle mike Ashley got right, just wish he had not taken his eyes off the now like the rest of us he thought we were too good to go down, and we could last out until his bigger plans came to fruition. we just had to many bad thing going on in the back ground to much in fighting. I am not sure how much he has learnt from his mistakes, as fans how much have we learnt about ours.

  • Nick 69

    Aug 5, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9

    youngsters need protecting, yes, but we always over protect them by just not playing them at all, wayne rooney, fabregas, michael owen, theo walcott, jack wilshere etc were all playing games when they were 16/17 yrs olds and that was in the premiership. we NEED to start giving our youth a chance!!

  • DJG

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Didn’t Rooney used to play in the prem for Everton at 16 ? Didnt Milner at Leeds ?

    I wouldn’t throw them in at the deep end but if they are good enough they are old enough. I would like to see Kadar and Ranger on sat. Kadar starting and Ranger coming on when Ameobi tires.
    They are both 18 so about time they got a try.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 5, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #11

    so Ranger on after 5 mins then? lol!

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 5, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Eaststander @ 6 Funny as f**K.

    He should hang his head in shame.

    could you just imagine pulling that shit over your head. Dont bare thinking about.

  • baro

    Aug 5, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Haris Vuckic is a very good player. Better than Christiano Ronaldo.


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