Ever since 18 year-old 6’3″ central midfielder Haris Vuckic signed his new long term contract at Newcastle last December, he’s seemed to disappear.
Haris Vuckic with the boss after signing new contract in December
And that’s because for the second season in a row the Slovenian youngster has been dogged by serious injuries.
But Alan Pardew now knows all about the Slovenian U21 International, who is highly regarded at Newcastle, and says he is looking forward to working with him next season.
This is what Alan said today about the young player, who could have a terrific future at Newcastle:
“I have only seen Haris once, in the Chelsea game in the Carling Cup,” “I was there as a professional at the game and I was impressed with him. I made a note of him because I had never heard his name before.”
“He stood out to that night, but unfortunately since I’ve been here he hasn’t kicked a ball because of his injury. He’s highly regarded here, particularly in the development squad by Peter Beardsley and Willie Donachie.”
“He’s somebody I’m looking forward to working with.”
Pardew will have to decide after pre-season this summer, what he does with the lad who turns 19 in August, but it could be that he keeps him on Tyneside, if Alan thinks he can make a contribution to the first team next season.
The alternative is to send him out on loan to a Championship side, and there will be no shortage of takers for him, that’s for sure.
Haris seems to think whatever Alan Pardew decides is good for him next season – so be it – as he said today:
“The Premier League is a big jump for anyone my age. I have progressed from Academy to reserves and I want to go higher.”
“But maybe it is better to take another smaller step. I don’t know. “
“I will talk with the manager and it will be up to him to decide what we do.”
Haris lives with his father very close to the Newcastle Benton Training facility, and walks to training every morning, and he’s been been tipped to be a top star of the future, but his serious injuries over the last couple of seasons are a little worrying.
The Ljubljana born star joined Newcastle in January of 2009 from NK Domžale when he was just 16, for what was said to be a substantial fee, and he has so far played 7 times for Newcastle, and is still regarded as a top talent for the future.
Haris looked great in that game at Chelsea earlier in the season, and the tall strong central midfielder certainly looked the part at Stamford Bridge.
We’ll have to wait and see if the lad can make his mark in the Newcastle first team next season.