Newcastle Must Not Sell Haris Vuckic

News yesterday that we missed, is that Manchester United may be after our 17-year-old Slovenian midfielder, Haris Vuckic in the summer.

Haris Vuckic – budding superstar

Newcastle signed Vuckic from NK Domzale 15 months ago, and we knew at that time he was something special because the Slovenian club held a press conference to announce the lad, then just 16, who was already in their first team, was signing for Newcastle United.

But this season Vuckic has been out 5 months since October with knee and ankle injuries, and has only recently returned the fray, appearing in the second half of last Friday night’s Youth team defeat to Aston Villa, in the semi final of the FA Youth Cup.

Vuckic is highly regarded in the game, and we also understand Italian clubs including AC Milan, are monitoring the boy’s progress on Tyneside.

The reports say that the Red Devils may give Newcatle an offer for Vuckic we cannot refuse, but we have to refuse it, because Haris shows all the signs of becoming a world-class midfielder when he matures.

It’s like buying a Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard when they were 17.

And how much is a midfielder of that quality worth these days – a lot of money to be sure.

6’2″ Haris has made three first team appearances for Newcastle this season, and we expect this player to be pushing for a first team start next season, and expect he will get substantial playing time next season too – he’s that good.

AC Milan, where he had a trial before coming to Newcastle,  are one of the Italian clubs who are keeping a close watch on him, but if Newcastle are going to return to greatness, we cannot become a selling club again.

And in any case Haris will get a lot more games in the next few seasons at Newcastle than at Milan or Manchester United.

Apparently Vuckic has two years left on his Newcastle contract, and Hughton should ensure that contract is extended in the summer.

We also expect other younger players to have their contracts improved and extended in the summer, including our two local lads, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • repo

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    what i heard he allready been tapped up by manusa and he wants to leave..

    watch this space..

  • murvar

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes he looked like a man amongst boys when he came on on Friday. Ought to work on his right foot though!

  • Toon1978

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    This is an utter disgrace i really hope this aint true. This should be stopped, other clubs should be allowed to bring youngsters through and into the first team. In come the big boys to snatch away many NUFC have been waiting to see only for Manutd fans to enjoy instead. Utter disgrace if true Man utd have an abundance of talent we have little compared to them and they want to take it away from NUFC. F… off Manure, very angry if this kid leaves 🙁

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Where di he you hear that repo? The bloke who wrote the article for the daly mail?

    It may be true , but come on its a tabloid newspaper lets not take it as gospel

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Tell them he will cost £15m plus another £15m whn he plays 15 games plus 25% of any sell on value. That should scare anyone off. Why should he want to leave just yet he’s been out for 3/4 of the season he’ll need next year to establish himslef then maybe look to leave to a big club & I mean a big club Man U, Chelsea, AC or Inter Milan, Barca or Real Madrid no one else

  • Toon1978

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Tell Manure we want Rooney in a swap deal, see how they like it.

  • Toon1978

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Or Berbatov plus 10 million hehehe!!!

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    I wouldnt take berbatov and 100 million

  • ryan88

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    One issue with this artice and that is the comment about Haris playing more games here than he would at another ‘bigger’ club. I just dont think that is true, you look at the likes of Man U, Arsenal, Barca, and they are bleeding in players of 16/17 because they have the ability around them to ‘carry them’.
    We are not good enough to have a young lad in centre midfield, and as much as I’d love to see him play (especially after his cameo on Friday night) I just can;t see it happening.

  • Newutd

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    If this happens, I will hate Man Utd even more (if possible)

    I hope for the love of god that Hughton and Newcastle try their best to keep hold of him. I’ve read though, when we signed him, that he was a Manure fan…

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Here you can see the full effect of the Football Agents, they whisper shit into ears of the young players when it is clear that he has way better in Toon when thinking the situation on purely football and playing time perspective.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Maybe he could play a part in our Carling Cup Team next year? (At least the team I’d like to see)


    We must put Vuckic on a big contract in the summer. He has the potential to be the next Ronaldo.

  • Edd Case

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d sell him in a heartbeat for say, £10million.

    Everyone bangs on about him but I’ve seen little of him to convince me he’s worth all this excitement.
    I was at the Peterborough FA Cup game and he was terrible.
    I’m sure he’s a talent but at this time, I’d sell him if Man Utd thought he was worth £10 million or so – but you can all stop worrying because Man Utd wont pay that, neither will anyone else – and I cannot see us selling the likes of him for less than that, so why worry?

    Would be nice to get a big boost to the transfer kitty though.

  • DJG

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    I think this will be the acid test of Ashley. Is he trying to buy these young talented players so that he can make £Ms in sell on fees, or is he trying to build up a squad of the future.

    The thing I worry about with Hughton is, he looks in absolutely no hurry to play any younger players. If we have players like Vuckic, Krul and Connor Newton who are good enough to have a spell in the first team, how long will it be before they become frustrated and want to move on.

    I must admit I was very impressed with Vuckic last week and the lad clearly wasn’t even fully fit. Surely Hughton could give him a run out in the next two games if we are a few goals up.

  • geordielad880

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    I heard exactly the same stuff, man utd have already been in touch with his agent, and he wants to move, as he feels newcastle are stopping his development, he wont be with newcastle next season

  • Toon1978

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Whats the point in bringing in young talent only to sell them 18 mths down the line. Looks like we could become a bloody feeder club for the vultures.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    stop talking shite man, unless we get a massive fee, he will not be going anywhere.

  • Toon1978

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    How can NUFC be stopping his progress, he’s been injured for the last 5 months. What utter crap.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    who ever said theyre stopping his progress i know its a lie, he is also best mates with brad inman, he is a well liked player in the team, he looks up to nolan and barton who have taking the lad under there wing.

  • toongloom

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    I reckon it would be a gd idea to play the likes of vuckic, tim krul, inman or phil airey in the last 2 games. Obviously not all of them in the same team but a couple each game. It will encourge them to stay and will give the likes of harper, nolan, carroll, guthrie who have had a long season some well earned rest! cmon CH pls play tim krul and vuckic atleast or otherwise they will leave in the summer…

  • Toon1978

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Man utd can go and do one off the tyne bridge .

  • pdidy

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    Man Utd do not have the cash to spend on up and comming players. It would take at least 5 million to get Harris and that is a big chunk of Sir Alex’s transfer kitty. They have a lot of areas to strengthen next season. Can’t see them chancing any money on youth.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    wouldnt even swap vuckic for macheda, fabio and rafael

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #24

    NUFC rate him very highly and if the rumour is true then manure i.e. Fergie rates him apparently AC Milan rate him.

    But edd case ( on the strength of one game) doesn’t well edd if your right then the others are just a bunch of numpties who know nothing about football.

    I know Ed always finishes posts with “comments welcome” but hey think before you let your fingers loose on the keyboard cos they make you look like a bit of a mug. 😉

  • DJG

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Man Utd can go and suck on a wasp, so can Liverpool. He’s not going anywhere and niether is Tim Krul. Go and scout your own players Fergie. Cos you sure as hell need some for next year. Liverpool can crash and burn in League 1 for all I care.

  • G

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Perhaps I haven’t seen enough of him either, because from what I have seen he looks nothing particularly special. Lots of people have been shouting for a first team spot for him, but honestly, he isnt ready. I know the lad has bags of potential, and played first tean for a slovenian outfit before he came here, but he is still a bairn, and he needs to come through the correct way before he is thrust into the deep end. Not all kids with potential are Wayne Rooney breaking into first teams at 17. Lets hold on to him and see, but to be honest, I would deffo take 10M for an unproven player.

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Seems to me that neither ManU or Liverpool are in any good position to be buying players, at least according to the accountants. Now if they sell-off some of the slightly over-ripe stars, they might come calling. But they are 10’s of millions in the hole, and need to show some restraint or someone is going to call in a marker and then the whole houses of cards could collapse.

    If NUFC is going to play the Lyon formula, one has to be ready to see talent being sold off, but also see newer and better lads being recruited over time. The idea is to ratchet oneself up by the bootstraps and eventually find your level at the top of the league table. It will take nerves of steel to do that with the passionate toon army howling for success.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28

    This is my only criticism of Hughton, apart from too much route 1 to Carroll.

    With Chris there are no guarantees Vuksic will get games whatsoever.

    This season when we could have played Kadar, he buys Hall. When he could have played Lua Lua he buys Pancrate. When he could have played Ranger, he buys Best. Krul never gets a sniff and I really fear Vuksic is gone too.

    Mind you it’s a bit hypocritical saying we don’t like Man united doing it !!

  • Seabass

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d swap him for Gibson

  • kingraghav

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Next we will listen that Manchester are after Mike Ashley,as they need to cover their debts & who better then Ashley.We should not let them take our assets away.

  • Newutd

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Seabass –

    You’re not quite well, are you? Gibson has a good shot, but he isn’t of the potential Vuckic is. And we already have players in the centre who are better than Gibson, so no…

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #32

    “This should be stopped, other clubs should be allowed to bring youngsters through and into the first team. In come the big boys to snatch away many NUFC have been waiting to see only for Manutd fans to enjoy instead.”

    We did the same to Domzale, thats just the way it is.

    Well i thought he had the opportunity of AC Milan but wants first team football sooner rather than later and came to the toon. So why would he go to Man utd now?

    Definately a player with talent though, lets not have him go the way of Zoggy and Milner who leave and increase in value in a few years somewhere else.

  • ende

    Apr 20, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #33

    If Ashley is raising talent just to make money, then at the very least he needs to ask for eye gouging prices. We need to establish a reputation for 1) good scouting but also 2) ripping you off dearly if you want to buy our youth. 16m for Vuckin, at least. Or we trade straight up for proven talent.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 20, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #34

    If this is true we need to root ashley and his regime out and put em to the sword. This is the same ole mike ashley bull sh#@. if he is gonna pawn off our future superstars for money then he has got to go. We will never get back to the champions league club we deserve to be with crap like this. Just when you think he has changed and really cares about our great club you hear stuff like this that makes you want to rage against the machine. Now more then ever we have to hold on to our young budding superstars and be smart. All this talk about the barca model is bull crap if he does this….please tell me it aint true…

  • Toon1978

    Apr 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Robby Bobson

    If your happy with letting our up and coming players leave then thats your opinion but it certainly ain’t mine. There is a massive difference between NUFC AND Domzale. Playing in the EPL would of been a massive attraction for Vuckic rather than playing in a very poor league he was in. Yes Man utd are light years ahead of NUFC but we are now in the same league as them and we need to challenge the big boys. Selling off our best youngsters is criminal and will only be an advantage to Man utd and not us. How many times are we going to see the big clubs nick all the best kids from around Europe. I want to see us challenging at the top half of the EPL but selling our best kids will only delay that more and more. I do not want NUFC to be a feeder club. I think the fifty two thousand NUFC fans who turn up week in week out deserve to see good football do you not think so Robby Bobson????????

  • papscrunt

    Apr 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Is it not just blatatly obvious that he gets at least 45mins on Sat (If Fit) We’ve done what we set out to do, let him know he’s part of the future plans by including him now. He’s the only kid we have that i think has a good future. Ranger will never be a 15 prem goals a season plays. Lua Lua should have broke through if he was going to by now. Kadar i’m 50/50 he’s been so so for the reserves when i’ve seen him. We have to be realistic about the kids. And Haris is our big hope, we really need to keep a hold of him.

  • Edd Case

    Apr 20, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #37

    cupiddstunt // Apr 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Ok, so you’re a comedian are you?

    Look, where is the evidence that Man Utd and AC Milan want him?

    It’s not rocket science – if EITHER of those clubs wanted him, he’ll be theirs.

    There may be all sorts of stuff going on behind the scenes and I’m afraid, you can play the ‘know-it-all-wanna-be’ all you like, you know eff all, like all of us on here.

    I’m entitled to my opinion and from what I have seen with my own eyes, he didn’t even do the simple things right on that night.

    None the less, if he is worth £10million or so, I’d take it, not just because of what I’ve seen but because we could use that money – if Vuckic stays next season – how many times do you think we’ll see him?

  • PapaToon

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #38

    dont sell him, look what has happened with milner, was a good player and now he is top class. cant let players like these leave otherwise u have to buy overpriced players which might succeed in the PL

  • nightfa11

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #39

    im afraid the only way to keep him is to offer him 1st team football…

    if u look at man utd – giggs, scholes, beckham, keane, rooney, ronalo, nani, anderson, rafael, g.neville, p.neville, etc. fergie gives youngsters a chance…cant really say the same for hughton..

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #40

    toon1978….I’m not saying i want him to leave.

    Im just saying we cant moan about teams trying to buy young players because that is what we are trying to do.

    But the fact is he under contract so the only way he could leave is if we let him. Its not like the Sturridge from City to Chelsea situation where he wasn’t tied down or even when we napped Zoggy, we can stop him from leaving, so Utd can eye him up all they want.

    If they were out there tapping up our U18 local lads who we discovered and were playing well, then offering them proffesional contracts before we did, then yeh thats out of order. Eyeing up a player we paid a few hundred thousand for whos tied down, we cant really moan at Utd for it.

    Im sure Ashley realises that Zoggy is being touted above £10million and Milner over £20 million. Selling Vuckic before hes even 18, even Ashley would realise the stupidity in that. Unless we get a ridiculous fee, the sort of thing they paid for that useless Tosic.


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