Haris Vuckic Could Make Debut Tomorrow Night


Newcastle’s very highly-rated starlet Haris Vuckic, who turned 17 only last Friday, could be in line for his debut in Wednesday’s Carling Cup clash with Huddersfield.

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Haris Vuckic – 6’2″ attacking midfielder

The Slovenian, who joined Newcastle from NK Domzale last January, has been included in the squad for the first time,  for the visit of Huddersfield.

And 6’2″ Haris (don’t they make them tall now), has looked a real star in the making at Newcastle, even though he has only just turned 17.

But his many rave reviews in both the Reserves and U18 sides since coming to Tyneside, and statements from his coach Richard Money, that he is the real deal, has convinced Chris Hughton, and he is ready to give him his chance in the first-team.

This is a lot earlier than we had thought, and we suppose Vuckic will need to be included within the first team squad this season – so if we include Kadar, Tozer, LuaLua, Inman, Ferguson, Donaldson, Baheng and Ranger – then maybe the first team squad is not as small as we first thought.

But these youngsters are only backup of course, but what we’ve seen of Kadar, LuaLua, Krul and others, they seem ready for first team action.

We still need new experienced players into the squad before next Tuesday.

Hughton said:

“Haris is in the squad,” “He’s a young player who is very talented.”

“He’s done very well during pre-season and last year impressed for the reserves and juniors.”

“He deserves his chance in the first-team squad and he could play some part tomorrow night.”

It will be exciting indeed for Newcastle fans to see some of our excellent youngsters, and Vuckic is one we didn’t think was ready, but we’d be happy to be wrong on that score.

And it shows that Chris Hughton is willing to put these youngsters in, and give them their chance – hey  -if they’re good enough, they’re old enough.

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68 comments so far

  • Dragonera

    Aug 25, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Looking forward to this.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 25, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Amazing talent, throw him in and he’ll get some goals. He’s got a strong shot!

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  • bozo

    Aug 25, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Its alarming that he will be in the shop window before the transfer deadline closes.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #4

    you think if he does class say gets 1 goal and sets up another and generally plays really well that he would be on bench or even start in the next game ?? OPINIONS!

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 25, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t wait for tomorrow game. Nice to see our youngster get the chance to shine. Depend on them now, show us what you can do.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 25, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Let’s hope that FAT COUNT of an owner doesn’t decide to cash in on him !

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #7

    We really do need a convincing win tomorrow, knocking in several goals, to keep the momentum going into the Leicester City game.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #8

    This kid is meant to be one of the best youngters in Europe from what i have read in and around the internet. Lets hope this is true we will soon see.

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  • Eaststander

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #9

    I am starting to warm to Hughton now he is starting to get the balance right. I hope he uses the younguns, because this is the only way to give them a convidence boost because lets face we will be using them in the championship this year and we don’t really need the cups (although it would be nice) we should be focusing on getting back in the premier leauge.

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Dan4Toon

    I see your point, mate. I had that in the back of my mind as well. We can only hope. I wouldn’t put anything past our current top management. Right now I am just eager to see him play, we can worry about the repercussions after, eh? 😉

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Krul

    Simpson Coloccini Tozer Kadar

    Geremi Guthrie Butt(c) Lualua

    Ranger Xisco

    Subs: Harper, R.Taylor, Enrique, Barton, Vuckic, Donaldson, Adjei

    That would be my guess for tomorow’s team!! 😀

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley’s shown that he’s more than happy to cash in on any of our young and talented players. Just one more reason to want rid of him before the likes of Vukic show their real potential.

    As for these youngster’s being ready for the first team, please calm down guys. Some of these lads simply won’t make the grade full stop. Some will, given time and training. One, maybe two, will be genuinely good enough this season to get into the 1st XI and stay there. Plus we could damage some of these lads’ future careers by playing them too much too young.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’ll do them a lot of good to have a bit of a run in some of the cups, which are of no interest to us anyway this season, along with a few league outings once the injuries/suspensions kick in. However we need fully grown players in, simple as that.

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Eastander

    Me too, mate. I tell you what, if he pulls off a result tomorrow and on the weekend I think I will be joining the, “give Hughton the job” brigade. I think he would have earned it. I have nothing but respect for him. The man was awful last year, but he has kept his head down and dealt with anything that has come his way. If he doesn’t get the Toon job I hope he gets another job in the Championship or League 1.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Dragonera // Aug 25, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Yeah, hope he doesnt get the Lualua amount of time on the pitch, like the last 5 minutes where he will touch the ball twice and be judged on that !

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #16

    No Steven Taylor Dan?

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #17

    AngerOfTheNorth // Aug 25, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Ner mate think we need to rest him along with Jose, Smith, Nolan, Jonas and Shola because atm they are vital for us!

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashley know he can make profit from youngster. Less wage bill and if they can be star he will sell them for money that’s why Ashley want to invest in academy system.

    Money is the mission not the success football club. IMO

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  • bill

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Are you joking? The squad we have is pathetically small. You cannot include untried kids in a first team squad. The best that they could achieve is being in the reserve squad.

    If you want to go down those lines we may as well add in the under 18s under 16s and under 12s.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Why is everyone slaggin Ashley off?

    He’s been brilliant for this club!

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  • WELSHMAG

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #21

    from nufc.com – agree with every word.

    “With less than a week before the end of the transfer window, the current Newcastle United squad has now been depleted to dangerous levels as rumours of further departures circulate.

    Although our squad numbers go up to 49 (Sam Adjei), it may surprise you to learn that only 17 of our current squad have ever started a competitive first team game.

    That includes Danny Simpson (2), Tim Krul (1) and Xisco (4), leaving just 14 players who have started ten or more games for us.

    How many of those could you call defenders? Well we reckon four – Enrique, Simpson, Coloccini and Steven Taylor, the last two being rumoured to be on their way.

    There are no other defenders at the club who have played first team football, with makeshift right-back Ryan Taylor playing most of his football in midfield.

    Highest scorers in the current squad? Well, top of the list is easy enough – Shola Ameobi with 54 from his 255 games. So who’s next on the list…?

    That’s right, chief marksman and Forest Gump impersonator, Steven Taylor with nine first team goals. Hot on his heels is net-buster Nicky Butt with five Toon goals and we’re then down to Andy Carroll with three.

    A conservative estimate would say we’re ten players short of a competitive Championship squad and anyone harbouring thoughts of a Premier League return are taking the glass half-full analogy to extremes.

    Perhaps, like us, you’re looking at the ten points gained so far as contributing towards our relegation fight. This is set to be one almighty long slog in the second tier….”

    we’re so short it’s unbelievable! we’ve got 4 defenders for f**k sake.

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  • bill

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #22

    I,m saying nothing Stuart79.

    I’ll check later for the belly laughs and abuse.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #23

    they have to be given their chance at some point bill!

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  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Our squad was always small in the prem, but i dont know compared to other ccc teams.

    i think its sink or swim time for a lot of the kids. if any of them do well this season and we get promoted they can become a major part of the team/squad next season. i doubt they would have had this opportunity if we hadnt been relegated.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #25

    We’ll see I guess Dan, but if Taylor finds himself “rested” I shall fear the worst!

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #26

    He will probably want to play but i wouldn’t risk him because it just isn’t worth it 2bh!

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Stuart79,
    If for one moment i thought you was serious i know a great neurosurgeon i could recommend, but perhaps we all need to visit him after all this cr*p has gone away i think we all deserve it 😉

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyone watching the Hammers v Lions game? It’s all going Pete Tong.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #29

    I certainly agree that the younger lads should get a chance, a few half hour runouts and maybe a few starts in some of the cup games, to see how they get on and then take it from there. However for most of them it will be too soon. The likes of Vuckic, Inman etc are 16/17 for crying out loud. They’ve not even nearly stopped growing physically and they’ll be nowhere near the finished article in terms of abilities.

    Either way, we can’t get to the end of the transfer window and expect them to be able to carry the burden of a promotion push, because most of them won’t be able to handle the pressure and physical punishment and probably won’t have the level of ability yet.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Don’t worry I haven’t lost the plot. Just wanted to see if it made me feel better.

    It didn’t just made me laugh.

    He’s still a wayne Kerr!

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  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #31

    WELSHMAG – these stats do worry me with a 46 game season.

    Dan4Toon – i also think we cant risk getting these players injured so should leave them out tommorow, but i can see the headlines now the rags will be saying its so their not cup-tied.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Cheers for the article WelshMag. Like you, I agree with every word. This is one incredibly bizarre joke… And as you say, we’re looking to sell Steven Taylor?! Even if we had plenty of cover, he’s a very good young player with potential to be even better, plus he’ll run through walls for this club at a relatively low salary. Unbelievable.

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  • batty

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #33

    stupot how are you lol

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  • Alex

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Dragonera & Eaststander
    I agree , Hughton seems to be warming to the job and is doing better than we all expected . The guy seems to have the respect of the players and they have started to do what is expected from them , WIN games and play as a team . Now they have had a full pre season under him and have started the season with him in charge , it seems to me to be only right that he is made full time manager if this run continues for another few games . We have to have stability at some point , so why rock the boat yet again if we get on a run that promises at least a play off place ? i know thier is a long way to go before the season ends but this start goes way beyond most sane fans expectations and that is because Hughton has stuck to the job and instiled a team mentality .

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  • bill

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #35

    I agree Dan but only one or two at a time and preferably when we are comfortably winning a game.

    Just check to see what other clubs do with the youngsters. You give them a few minutes here and there to build their confidence. Give them a run out in a cup competition that you aren’t bothered about.

    You seem to forget our youngsters were beaten 5-1 by Leeds kids a week or so ago, so they aren’t that good. Rose coloured glasses I think.

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  • buda boom

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #36

    we should be playing the kids and all this nonsense that at 17 and 18 they are too young is bollocks. It is football they are playing we have 17 and 18 year olds dodging bullets and road bombs in afghanistan do we say they are too young. Playing football is the easy option.
    I want to see Krul, Kadar, Tozer, Donaldson, Inman, Lua Lua, Ranger, Ngo Baheng and Wiafe Danquah all make the first team this season.
    Dan I don’t know if you hope or think geremi will play tomorrow but if I never seen that clown play in black and white again i would be happy. he is the worst player in my forty years to ever wear the great shirt even worse than Goerge Rielly and Tony Cunningham

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Sounds like their having a bit of fun at West Ham.

    Cock ends!

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Kicking off at West Ham

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #39

    slazberger // Aug 25, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Rrrrrr anna that really annoys because if it was anyone else it would be their good players need to be rested but are now their leaving in a cut-price deal and now wont play for us ! P!sses me off!

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 25, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #40

    What a kn ob that Stanislas is running over to the millwall fans twice, footballers are brainless

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