17 year-old Haris Vuckic will be in the first team squad for next season and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton says the fans should expect to see more of him next season in the Premiership.
Haris Vuckic – 17 year-old Slovenian – big chance next season
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Haris has trained with the first team and will do so again next season – we’ll be seeing more of him."
“Then you have a batch of players who were successful in the FA Youth Cup and are now part of what we call the development squad – the link between the Academy and first team.”
“They’ll be based with us at the first-team base.” “We value them very highly, but do I see them coming into the first team soon?”
“That will be up to them.” “They have been told the door is ajar and it can be pushed open.” “They’ve got a good future ahead of them but we need experience and quality.”
“But as I say, it’s up them.” “Realistically one or two of them might get their chance but they all know that they can push their way into the side.”
With Newcastle concentrating a lot more on youth development every summer, we’ll see some new youngsters introduced either into the development squad, or into the first team squad proper.
But we also expect Newcastle to continue to take in two youngsters from the top English clubs, for season-long loan deals.
That sets up Newcastle to be a possible future club for those youngsters, should they not make it at their parent clubs, and serves a number of good purposes for Newcastle – like getting a top young player playing for them.
And Newcastle will continue to loan out some of their best young players to other clubs, in order for them to get first team experience, in their development process, as they learn their trade.