Alan Pardew So Impressed With Young Haris Vuckic

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.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Leo

    May 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardew off to France again on a scouting mission I guess. In Lyon any matches over there today?

  • kilcline

    May 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully looking at strikers!

  • jonnymcdonald

    May 8, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Pardew was at the Chelsea game in the September, does any reckon Ashley new he would sack Houghton and get Pardew in?

    Seems a bit coincidental but I could just be looking to much into that.

  • Klatoon

    May 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    This lad is our future,his technique and confidence on the ball are top notch,he just needs a run of games so i agree,he should go on loan in the CCC next season. Impressed that AP thinks highly of him.

  • GeordieRob

    May 8, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Lyon v Marseilles tonight…


    May 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Hope to c ed post sum transfer news 2moro if pardew is in france.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    our future midfeilders vuckic, ben arfa, gosling, fergie

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    vuckick can be our next Tiote

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    vuckic is nothing like tiote, he is more like a ben arfa with nolans stature

  • arfa chance

    May 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Vuckic is an attacking mf, or plays just behind the striker nothing like tiote

  • nden85

    May 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #11

    ferguson could be our new shay given

  • arfa chance

    May 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Lmao, soderberg the next shearer

  • nden85

    May 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #13

    sol campbell could be our new beardsley

  • yskel

    May 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #14

    I think what roshan mag means that he could be the next star we unearth. Rather than comparing position.

  • nden85

    May 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #15

    i think yskel could be the new roshan mag. but seriously, yeah fair comment, that could be what he’s saying

  • arfa chance

    May 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #16

    I think it was but couldn’t help it sorry

  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17


    Nolan’s stature – that’s a bit unkind

  • Tommyy

    May 8, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Haha nden85, that made me crease! quality.

  • gorskino10

    May 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Sounds like he believes he will go on loan next season taking his “Smaller” step, may be good for him.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    May 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Pardew could be our new Bobby Robson…

  • dave 1961

    May 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    so Pardew can be are new mcgarry

  • geoff777

    May 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Pardew is the new Roeder

  • Brutooon

    May 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Vuckic walked every day to training?

  • The Entertainers

    May 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Would like to see him and Ranger go out on loan next season.
    Think we need to keep Kadar and Ferguson.

  • SeanNufc87

    May 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #25

    roeder had a good record but shep was an idiot

  • SeanNufc87

    May 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #26

    @The Entertainers

    Id like to see Ranger on the subs bench behind our new striker(s) and drop ameobi to the reserves or to birmingham or somewhere he might seem to make an impact. vuckic on loan with a recall clause hopefully.

  • The Entertainers

    May 8, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Just think Ranger is a fantastic prospect and a full season scoring for fun ( hopefully ) in CCC would benefit him and us.
    He’s great for us as an impact player, but he can ‘be’ so much more!

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 8, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Haris Vuckic looked top class before he was injured…………
    Send him out on loan for a half season to Huddersfield with Clarky to see if he still has it.
    Could be a super star if he gets over the injury problems.


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