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. 😀