Chris Hughton has said he will not hesitate to use Slovenian 17 year-old Haris Vuckic in Sunday’s game with Cardiff City.
Harris Vuckic – love those boots!
The midfielder was pulled out of the Reserve team against Bradford City last night, and will in all likelihood be in the squad that travels to Cardiff for the game on Sunday.
We would expect Haris to be on the bench on Sunday, and he could well make his second appearance for the first team this season.
At 6ft 2in, and likely still to be growing the Ljubljana (Slovenia – formerly Yugoslavia) born 17-year-old has proved in training he is more than capable of meeting the physical demands of Championship football.
He has made a huge impression at Newcastle’s Benton training headquarters.
With both Chelsea and Real Madrid said to be tracking this lad, we’d love to see him be given his chance in the first team, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he starts the Carling Cup game at Peterborough on Tuesday night, 22nd September.
Hughton told the Chronicle:
“Haris made his debut against Leicester.” “He’s been involved with the first team since pre-season. He is still very young, but he’ll very much be around the first team this season.”
“Every game is a big experience for him. It’s important at a club like this that we look to produce our own.” “It’s about him getting an opportunity and I’m quite certain he will get it here.”
Good sensible words from the coach, and he’s certainly right in saying we need to develop our own.
We just cannot see clubs like Manchester City (and before them Chelsea) being able to spend millions and millions of pounds on players each summer, and that big clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea are allowed to continue carrying debts in the hundreds of thousands of pounds – it just makes no long term sense, and is hardly a positive for football.
We expect, sooner rather than later, that clubs be required to balance their books, and that something like a salary cap will be introduced.
That’s going to happen – so Newcastle would be well advised to keep, and improve on their current scouting of top class youngsters around the world, which has already paid off.
If Premier league clubs aren’t forced to do that, there will only be a few clubs capable of winning the league each season, and that’s almost the way it is right now – and competition starts to take a back seat.
Back to rising star Vuckic, and it may well be that we have a winner in this lad, and that will auger well for this season if Vuckic continues to push hard for a first team place.
Certainly as we have said before our youngsters could be Newcastle’s salvation this year.
Howay The Lads!!