Haris Vuckic Will Remain At Newcastle For A Long Time

If we are to listen to the pundits and some senior players at Newcastle United, then our 17 year-old Slovenian midfielder, Haris Vuckic,  is destined to be a star in the not very distant future.

Haris Vuckic – creating a lot of buzz right now

We thought this youngster must be something special 16 months ago, when he signed for Newcastle United.

At that time his  Slovenian club, NK Domžale,  held a big new conference on the signing, and in fact Newcastle got some good publicity for then signing the then 16 year-old wonder kid.

There are reports that Manchester United, AC Milan and now Chelsea are all interested in the youngster but the Newcastle manager has today said Haris is going nowhere. Good.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“To the contrary of what is being read or said at the moment, I can say that Haris is not going anywhere.”

“Irrespective of anything that has been in the media, I can say now that the reason we have him under the contract he has is for the right reasons.”“He’s rated very highly here and he is a big part of the future.”

“You get used to speculation when talking about good players, but he’s a Newcastle player and will be for a long time.”

“We’re aware of everything that is going on.” “But he is a player who likes it at the club and is well thought of here.”

“The fact is he’s a good young player who has been injured and he is really enjoying coming back and playing for us again.”

Those are good words from Chris – fighting words in fact – and we are glad to hear the Newcastle club ranks this lad very highly and that he is going nowhere.

That’s because if we are going to bring in youngsters and develop them, there are a number of things the club has to put in place, like how to give the lads first team experience by loan deals, and also give the lads a chance in the Newcastle first team, when appropriate.

Newcastle have never been too good at that, but if our new youth strategy is to succeed we have to become very good at that, and very quickly.

The news is that Vuckic has been watched by both Manchester  United and Chelsea in the last two Reserve team games this last week.

But one big advantage that Newcastle have with Haris is that he has a much better chance of playing first team football next season on Tyneside, than at any of the clubs who are after him.

Just look at Patrick van Aanholt at Chelsea, the 19 year-old left-back who has appeared just twice in fleeting substitute  appearances for the London side, after starring for both Newcastle and Coventry City while on loan  during the season.

After a while these youngsters realize they will have to move on to get first team football, and by the way we hope we are first in line if Patrick ever wants away from Chelsea.

Haris Vuckic has two years left under his current contract, and we have to expect that Newcastle will offer him an improved and extended contract, if he keeps improving the way he has over the last 16 months on Tyneside.

And it’s not like Vuckic wants to move away from Newcastle, as he has already come out and said his goal is to get into the Newcastle first team just as fast as he can – good for him.

Certainly the celebrations recently on Tyneside, with the side doing so well this season, will have done nothing to dampen the Slovenian’s plans to stay on Tyneside.

There is also a growing expectation that Slovenia will include Haris in their World Cup squad for South Africa, or so the reports back in his homeland are regularly suggesting.

Haris already stands  6ft 2in tall,  and during the game last night for the Newcastle Reserves side, as they beat Rotherham United 2-0 at Whitley Park, Vuckic showed some terrific technique and subtle touches.

We cannot wait to see how this youngster develops next season, but as my son Neil keeps telling me – he could be our very own  Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard.

We’re in for a very good Newcastle side if that actually happens – that’s for sure. 😀

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Heard everybody bang on about the kid for so long, but yet to actually see why. Obviously not going to watch the sprogs much for the last 2 years means I am out of the loop? I hope he develops with as much potential as is being touted around these posts mind.

  • geordielad880

    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Vuckic really is an amazing talent, seen him play several times, stands out head and shoulders above everyone else (literally), has to improve his work rate though, but has amazing vision, technique, and also excellent passing and finishing. I also really rate cairney who i have been going on about for over a year, an amazing talent who plays for hull, the next s.gerrard in my opinion, always looking for the ball, which is a great sign of a top young central midfielder. Out of our other younsters I have my doubts, ranger (attitude), donaldson (needs to go out on loan), conor newton looks a promising player in the academy, along with brad inman, nobody else really stands out for me.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #3

    He needs to start playing for the 1st team next season. Once he’s been bitten by the Geordie bug of 52,000 cheering his name he won’t want to go anywhere.

    Shearer reckons this kid is the real deal

  • sahota

    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Looking at comments in press and now recent words by Chris, I think no doubt he will appear next seaon in first team and hopefully we will see him soon. Might be next game he will start and play full 90 mins. Chris should slowly allow him to get in the first team and play few games. I am sure he will stand out and if he delivers Newcastle fans will just give him kind of love which he won’t get anywhere. I just hope he gets chance to prove in first team soon.

  • richietoon

    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #5

    He might have his head turned though,he only has 1 season left on his contract so if he doesn’t sign a new one then we’ll sell to the first decent bid that comes in…..and Ed,Van Aanholt would only be on the bench here as he would only be cover for Jose and possibly Jonas so he wouldn’t be better off,worse probably financially if he came here.

  • DJG

    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    When fully fit, which he hasent been this season, he is already good enough for our first team. Watch the world cup this summer Slovinia vs England and if he plays you will realise why. TBH if Robert Koren from the baggies is their captain and they are a republic of 2Million he is probably their best player. I really do think he is that good. Despite what Ed says i don’t think he will be at Newcastle for long.

  • geordielad880

    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    When vuckic signed in Jan 2009, he signed for 3 and a half years, so he is therefore with us until june 2012, but would still like to see him been tied down to a new deal. I think tamas kadar is a really good player aswell, but i think left back as cover for enrique, will be better for him at this stage of his career. I would like to see forster been harpers back-up next season, and also have 5-10 premiership starts, and play cup games, and loan out krul for the season to get experience

  • richietoon

    Apr 28, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Not sure about length of contract but both Sky and the Chronicle are saying its until 2011,regardless of that contracts mean absolutely nothing when bids come in but if we really want to keep him offer him a new one.That will a)signal our intent to hold on to him and b) show how committed he is to staying.

  • DJG

    Apr 28, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree that Kadar is great cover at LB. When he has played there this season he has been totally no nonsense clear the ball when neccessary ect, but also has showed some decent balls up the wing! Which also being left-footed IMO make him a LB. Hughton would dissagree though saying he’s a CB.

    I just dont see how we can tie down Vuckic to some long contract. If he plays well in the world cup and stays injury free next year I can see him playing at a high level in the next few seasons and so will be able the command much more money than currently on.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 28, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    DJG – even if haris is selected for the WC, i dont think he’ll play..only if some of our starters get injured i guess.. the fact is haris doesnt have any first team experiances..except for domzale & has been injured for 5 months..so not likely..

    as for koren..he’s touted to be our best players cos he’s the only slovenian who ever played in EPL – the toughest league in the world. that’s the main reason…his experiences..& also..he’s a very good passer..& has a decent shot..

    as for other slovenian players…birsa is not bad..if he has a good day he can score wonder goals & his delivery is also good…but on a bad day…he’s average…

    there is one player i really like from our national team..besides handanovic (probably one of the best GK’s around…my guess is he’ll move to bayern after this season..or milan) & that’s z. dedic. plays for bochum – doesnt score much..but his work rate when it comes to the national team is amazing..he just never gives up. his goal demolished russia. =)
    see you in 2 years time mr. hiddink =)

  • nightfa11

    Apr 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11


    oh and we also have inter’s krhin. as u might remember man city were after him in january transfer windon, but mourinho didnt want to sell him. apparently he has high hopes for him. so even if some of our starters get injured krhin will probably have a chance before him – he played some 1st team matches for inter.

  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 28, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #12

    I have a feeling that CH is not going to get a CM he is going to take the gamble on Vickic and use the group of:
    Barton, Guthrie, Nolan, Smith, Vickic

  • geordielad880

    Apr 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #13

    My side for last game of the season would be:-





  • geordielad880

    Apr 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #14

    I would sign:-

    M.Noble (west Ham)
    Gunter (forest)
    Sidwell (villa)
    Fletcher (burnley)





  • Ericles

    Apr 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    It seems, according to the “geniuses” of the media, that the so-called big guns are sniffing around and wanting Vukic themselves. We must keep him at all costs for the future. Why let him go to mega-debtors like Manky U and Liverpool for a song?

  • Bao Zheng

    Apr 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    If Haris makes it into the first team then he deserves a better deal. A cynic might wonder of Haris’ agent is the one feeding the media machine all these rumours?


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