Alan Pardew knew before he took the job at Newcastle, that a big piece of the position was to bring through the youngsters on Tyneside.
Haris Vuckic – great player of the future?
That would obviously have been part of the job description he got from Mike Ashley, when he took over the massive job from Chris Hughton in December.
And two of the youngsters who are chomping at the bit for a first team opportunity are 18 year-old Haris Vuckic and 20 year -old Kazenga LuaLua.
It seems that both of them will be back following injuries next month, when we also hope to see Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor back for Newcastle.
So if the lads can get some decent results in the games this month, the squad will be strengthened significantly as the season progresses.
18-year-old Vuckic is potentially a great player of the future, and interested both Real Madrid and AC Milan, before Newcastle snapped him up two years ago from his former club, NK Domžale.
It turns out the Slovenian U21 International had some knee problems last November, and had to have some minor surgery to clear the knee up.
LuaLua of course broke his leg while playing for Brighton at Hartlepool three months ago, but is said to be making good progress.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Haris has had a little operation to tidy up the knee. Kaz is also on the way back to recovery, but he’s a fair way away at the moment.”
LuaLua played really well for Brighton this season, and scored 4 goals in just 11 appearances, and they were the very first goals of his senior career.
Kazenga LuaLua while at Brighton
Alan was asked if Kazenga, the younger brother of former player Lomana, would get his chance and he answered:
“Yes he will. I enjoyed watching him play a fair bit last season when he was at Brighton. He’s got pace and he’s direct – I like those sort of players.”
Newcastle have a lot of good youngsters in the Academy of course, and they showed in the Carling Cup earlier in the season, they can really do a job for Newcastle.
We have to hope that Pardew gives the young lads some opportunities through the end of this season, and of course they will all be even better come August.