Haris Vuckic is just 18 years old, but he will start in central midfield tomorrow night against the mighty Arsenal, after giving a distinguished display at Stamford Bridge last month, to help Newcastle through to the 4th round of the Carling Cup.
Haris Vuckic – will start tomorrow against the Gunners
Newcastle beat out lots of top European clubs when they signed the then 17 year-old on 16th January of last year, from his home-town club Domžale in Slovenia, and he is certainly one for the future at Newcastle.
The 6’3″ Vuckic seems already very dedicated to the Newcastle club, and looks forward to the time when he will become a regular starter in Newcastle’s central midfield.
Haris told the Evening Chronicle today about the time he signed for the Magpies, some 22 months ago:
“I did not know too much about interest from AC Milan or Real Madrid until I read about it in the papers back home.” “It is good to know when you work hard and you get results as a young player that Man United or Real Madrid might be watching you tells you, you are doing the right things.”
“However, it will not disturb me.” “I am only thinking about Newcastle in the future.” “Newcastle is the best choice for me – everything is OK, the training facilities are the best and everybody treats me very well.”
“I want to stay here for a long time.” “I am excited about the prospect of Arsenal coming to St James’ Park.” “I have been training very hard to try to get noticed and make it into the manager’s selection.”
“I hope to be in the squad and then play my best if I get on to the field.” “I always try my best whatever game I play in whether it is the reserves or the first team.”
We expect Chris Hughton to reward the Newcastle youngsters who played so well at Stamford Bridge to defeat Chelsea 4-3 in that memorable contest, and that he will indeed give them another chance to show how well they are progressing at the Newcastle club, and we fully expect Haris to start tomorrow night.
It will be a terrific experience for these youngsters to play at St. James’ Park against one of the top sides in Europe, and Arsenal will also play some of their outstanding young players in the game.
Haris knows all about Arsenal, as he continued:
“I know even their reserves are very strong indeed.” “I am always excited going into games against an Arsenal or a Manchester United or a Chelsea.” “I just cannot wait to play in a game like this.” “If I get the chance I will do my best and show the manager what I can do.” “I am still young and have to wait for my chance.”
“If I do well maybe I will be given a chance in the Premier League, which is my dream. It was a good experience to play at Stamford Bridge against the biggest team in England and win in the last round.”
“Now, especially the younger players, we are hoping to stay in the Carling Cup as long as we can.” “That is why we are going for it against Arsenal.” “It will be very hard against the Gunners, though.”
“For me they play the best for football in England.” “We will have to work hard to stop that.” “I used to watch Arsenal a lot as a boy in Slovenia and a lot of Manchester United when Ronaldo was in the team.” “Arsenal play the best football because they pass the ball about so well like nobody else.”
“Ronaldo was not really one of my role models, but I do like his style, he is a good player.” “I like Steven Gerrard more, he is a real leader at Liverpool.” “He plays in a similar position to me and he is my favorite player.”
If you were to try to emulate a player, then Steven Gerrard is a wonderful footballer to choose, because not only is he very skilled and can score goals, but he is a real leader on that field.
And we’ll never forget that second half in the European Champions League final in Istanbul in May of 2005, when Liverpool were 3-0 down to AC Milan and then manager Carlo Ancelotti at half time, and Steven took the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, to see his side finally win the European Cup for the 5th time, on penalties after extra time.
It was one of the greatest displays of courageous and gut-wrenching football we have ever seen from any one player.
So Steven’s a good choice Haris. 😀