Can Haris Vuckic Still Make It Big At Newcastle?


When Haris Vuckic was signed by Newcastle back in January, 2009 from NK Domzale, he was a top young player that was sought after by some big clubs in Europe.

Haris Vuckic with Pardew after singing new contract in December

So it was a bit of a coup when Newcastle signed the then 16 year-old, and when he left his club, NK Domzale had a press conference to announce the lad was signing for Newcastle United.

And over the last 12 months or so, both Manchester United and Chelsea have been eying the youngster,  but over the last couple of seasons, Haris has had quite a few injuries, and last season a knee injury kept him out of action for a long time.

That didn’t stop Newcastle from signing up Haris to a new five and a half year contract in January, to keep the 18 year-old on Tyneside.

Vuckic told the local Newcastle press from Kansas City today:

“This trip is going to be massive for me. It’s a chance to play in three very high-profile matches.”

“I want to push for the first team this year and this can help me to do that.”

Vuckic is an attacking midfielder and seems not swayed at all by some big clubs being interested in him, and he has said he wants to be successful at Newcastle United, and that was good to hear.

But before he played in the friendly on Friday night at Darlington the last competitive game he played for Newcastle was the 4-0 loss to Arsenal in last year’s Carling Cup, at St. James’ Park.

Haris has 7 first team appearances for Newcastle so far, and we would hope this lad can start showing through this coming season, and we have to hope his inury problems are behind him.

Vuckic talked about his injuries of last season:

 “After the injuries last year that hit my season very hard, it was just a pleasure to be back playing again.”

“And with the first team too in the friendly at Darlington.”

Vuckic seems to have a knack for goal, although he is still to score for Newcastle, but he went close in the friendly last Friday evening at Darlington.

And at 6’3″ tall he seems to be still  be growing,  and he is an impressive figure in the middle of the park, and he had an outstanding game at Stamford Bridge last year,  in the fantastic 4-3 Carling Cup win, when he caught the eye.

And he had a decent game on  Friday night too, and Haris talked about that game:

“I thought I did OK, and playing with the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Joey Barton was great for me as they are such talented players.

“I thought I’d scored actually when midway through the first half I cut in from the left, but their defence did well to block my shot which I was sure was heading in, just inside the post.

“That’s disappointing but still, it was a good game for us and one that I was delighted to have taken part in.”

“This is now a chance in America to add to that.”  “I am really looking forward to it.”

The poll we are going to run is a little bit specific , and it asks whether Haris make a first team breakthrough at Newcastle next season.

Can Haris Vuckic Make A First Team Breakthrough Next Season?

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231 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Jeffren anyone?

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #2

    He needs to stay fit first but good luck to him

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Fitness is his biggest enemy.

    He looks a decent player, very skilful and tricky, also I did not realise how tall he is.

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #4

    not as a winger. As a cm i think he could be good but i don’t think he’ll get many games. Suppose he can cover on the wing if needs be

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #5

    What do you mean Ed? He’s only 18, your headline suggests he’s nearer 28…

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  • ChicagoToon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #6

    If we keep selling our players he wont have a choice but to be in the first team haha

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    he ll be 19 in august. & i think hes 190 cm..A LOT.. i think he has a future but if pardew doesnt plan to give him a shot this year (at least 15 matches) i think we should loan him out.. he needs to play, but we have one of the strongest midfield in the league..so..

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Nar I wouldnt loan him out he will get games next season…maybe not starts but will get sub appearences and can cover for injuries

    Think there is a reason he is with the lads in the US rather than heading to Holland

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  • Geordie_In_Afghan

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Think he is young enough and good enough to make a massive impact, if he is given the games to improve.
    Best thing for him would be to go on loan, may be give him to Clarkie to play in the championship.

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Clarkie isn’t in the championship mate. Give him to blackpool if we’re to loan him out as they play some good attacking football

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #11

    I would loan him out until January and see how he does. If he’s doing really well bring him back to challenge for a starting spot in the team.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    I reckon Vuckic had a really good game against darlo like, looked threatening playing down the wing, even though he isnt a natural winger.

    He will definately get a fair few first team games this season like.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    19 Jul 2011 17:14:34
    Newcastle back in Bendtner hunt after his expected move to Hamburg has all but fallen through, Everton still enquiring about a loan deal but havnt cash to buy, which could favour the toon

    19 Jul 2011 17:07:51
    Tranquillo Barnetta is another one that has come back up in connection with Newcastle this week, anybody know if theres much truth to it? one of the few rumours that isnt going away, and there was genuine interest a month or so ago

    Two new rumours from newcastlerumours. I’d definately take both of them but I can’t see either happening lol.

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  • Colo2

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t expect him to break into the starting 11 in the PL yet but expect to see him regularly on the bench and in our cup games. So long as he keeps fit he has a very promising future

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #15

    If he’s fit he will/should get to the 15 games mark from bench

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Barnetta must be loving the fully paid up hotel room NUFC are paying for him….he has been in there nearly a month!

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  • Andy

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Means he misses pre-season so not all bad!

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Any1 know if the games in america will be shown online? As for the Barnetta rumour from newcastle rumours- I think we should go for him as in the past we were quoted figures like 4,5 and 6 million which is a bargain for a player like him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jd_VQFbF2M

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Haha WWJBD, he must be stalling the negotiations because hes enjoying the free hotel.

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  • jackdnufc

    Jul 19, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #20

    If he can keep his confidence then why the hell not? He has a good head on hi shoulders and can still learn. Sounds very professional too. All the best to him in the next few games.

    On that note, looking forward to tomorrow night a lot. Can we get a preview on Kansas soon Ed? 🙂

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  • jackdnufc

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    If you want to watch the games your best bet is to try myp2p.eu and search for it on there about an hour before kickoff. You might get lucky with a stream.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Reckon the mini bar/naughty channels bill comes out of the transfer fund? hahaha

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Thats why the money’s gone man WWJBD. dirty flicks and pistachios 24/7 for a month, we’re probably in worse debt than during the fat freddy era now haha!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Seen him play. But Vuckic certainly has stalled alot in his development. Doesn’t look like the player whom we beat European clubs for his signature.

    He has a long way to go to even be on the fringe of the first team as far i’m concern. Need to improve alot more.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Haha reckon Gervinho was getting too fat from the chocolate bars and sick of red hot matures hence he went to Arsenal?

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    I wouldnt blame him for going to arsenal if red hot matures was the only channel on offer like haha!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #27

    And on another note just read that Pardew now thinks that our squad isn’t particular big. I LOL-ed.

    Only last week he said our squad is too big and now its suddenly not that big. Some time he said our squad is too small. He’s confused!!

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Hahaha Barnetta is suffering for NUFC though…good on the lad!

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #29

    I think he meant the squad that travelled to america ilovetoon.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Would he be the same player though WWJBD? I mean, a month solid of old saggy t1ts, could be a harrowing experience for thelad, may never be the same again haha.

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  • P.I.

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #31

    @ Barnetta hotel bills

    I heard the escalating hotel bill that Ashley was having to fork out for is the reason behind our withdrawing from the Nzogbia and Erding deals.
    Also, Barnetta has since been moved to the Forumla 1 automated hotel in Kingston Park, lock on the minibar, childlock on the TV, and salted nut privileges removed.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Very true but he will have a hell of a strong right arm 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Haha P.I. maybe thats why the deal is nearly finalised eh? He cant break the locks

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Too far lad…No-one ever needs that mental image haha!

    New #1 though? He’d be one hell of a shotstopper haha.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #35

    am getting a bit sick of this attitude from some fans that if they aint played pl they must b crap or there young so u cant play them, all i can say is am glad some of u arnt in charge or we wud never find new players

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  • P.I.

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #36

    With no on-site cleaners at the Formula 1 the room will be minging of sour milk…

    yes, I went there!

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Hahahahahahaha sorry Stuart lad

    Thats how the GK position will be decided a mass arm wrestling competition. See who the real man is!

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #38

    I dont think I want Barnetta anymore… He sounds soiled haha.

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  • samigee14

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #39

    one of my mates is at newcastle acedemy and he broke into the reserves last year, his name is remie streete, who many of yous might of heard of. remie said that this lad vuckic is the best player he has ever seen as he has trained with him week in week out. he said in a few year we will has a world class player on our hands

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #40

    oh ok I retract my apology P.I. blew my image out of the water with that one ewwww

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