Haris Vuckic scored a great goal for Newcastle last night against the Columbus Crew, to make it 3-0 in the very last minute of the game.
Haris Vuckic – looking the part
The Slovenian U21 International has had a difficult time of it these last couple of seasons with injuries, but it could be that the 18 year-old central midfielder, who now stand 6’3″ tall, can come through this season for the Magpies.
Certainly he caught the eye on the American tour, and Alan Pardew signed the lad up last December, with a contract that will keep him at the Tyneside club until the summer of 2016.
And Haris can get those goals from midfield too, and he had a good goal disallowed against Orlando City on Saturday night, apparently for offside, so he really should have had two goals in his last two pre-season appearances for Newcastle.
Big clubs have been linked with the youngster over the last year, and Manchester United and Chelsea have apparently been looking at the lad.
And Newcastle brought off something of a coup two years last January when they signed Haris from Slovenian club NL Domzale, even though AC Milan and Real Madrid were also trying to sign him up.
This could be a big season for the Slovenian, although manager Pardew will now have to decide whether he keeps him on Tyneside, or sends him out on loan next season.
Haris was interviewed in Columbus, Ohio, before last night’s impressive 3-0 win against the Crew:
“My game plan is to get goals.” “I hope to do that if I get the chance against Columbus.: (he did)”
“I am an offensive player and can get the goals.” “I thought I had scored, and I have seen the replay and it was not offside.”
“It was unlucky for me, but the fans were getting a tough time off the ref.” “I still feel happy because I have played a game and scored so in the mind I feel stronger – even though it hasn’t counted.
“It is different when you know it was a good goal.”
John Carver is one of coaches whose job it is to bring this promising youngster through at Newcastle, and it seems this season will be a big one for the player, who turns 19 next month.
This is what John Carver said about Haris:
“It’s a big season for Haris this year.” “Obviously I’d never seen him play until I arrived after Christmas.”
“But I thought he did extremely well at Darlington. It was his first senior game since the injuries. He is technically very good. He is another plus.”
With Newcastle’s squad going to be small again for next season, Alan Pardew will have to decide which of the top youngsters he will keep as part of the first team squad at Newcastle.
And we’d be very surprised if Haris Vuckic is sent out on loan next season.
For the record, Vuckic has 7 appearances for Newcastle so far, and has played 3 times for the Slovenian U21 side with one goal.
We hope he can turn into a top player for Newcastle in the next couple of seasons.