Top young player Haris Vuckic has looked very good in pre-season for the Newcastle first team.
Haris Vuckic – so impressive at just 18
And it now looks like the Slovenian U21 International is ready and able to fight for a first team place at Newcastle in the coming season, and that would be a big lift for Newcastle, who are still short of players.
And ever since Haris has been at Newcastle, he’s attracted attention from big clubs, Manchester United and Chelsea, with the Red Devils making an approach for him last summer.
But since the youngster has been on Tyneside he’s had a number of injuries, but he is now fully fit and he had this to say about the upcoming season:
“This is a very important season for me.” “I need to be playing first-team football to progress.” “I want to train hard, make the gaffer happy and, if he gives me the chance, I know I will not let him down.”
“I feel I am ready, but the only way you can prove that is by playing games, which I have not done for Newcastle just yet.”
“From that perspective it has been a very good pre-season for me.” “ I scored two goals, played in three games and the team has played well – which was the main thing for me all along.”
“I came from an injury, which was good motivation for me and I seem to have been able to make an impact and catch the eye of the manager, which is very, very important.”
“I am two-and-a-half years here now – even when I might have been sold according to the press I never felt like I wanted to push myself out.”
“When I was injured, everyone helped me. Sometimes when that happens and you have a long injury that rules you out of games, you feel as if you have been pushed away by the club and they no longer care.”
“That can mess with your head, but now I am fit I feel I want to start proving myself and I want to start showing exactly what I can do.”
Newcastle’s commitment to bringing in top young players is just one reason that influenced Vuckic’s decision to sign for the Magpies back in early 2008.
And hopefully we can keep him on Tyneside, even if he blossoms next season, although we will not hold our breath on that one, because if a big offer comes in for him, we think Mike Ashley would sell.
Haris, who now stands 6’3″ tall, continued:
“Dennis Wise and Richard Money were responsible for bringing me in.” “I always wanted to come to Newcastle because I knew they were going to give young players a chance.”
“That was what was said to me when I signed for the club.” “I had other options, but they said to me they wanted to start bringing in the best young players.”
“They have been true to that word so far.” “ I saw something from the gaffer in the newspaper the other day saying young players will get their chance next season.”
“So you train and then you want to take your chance.”
“The best thing in the world is walking through that tunnel in front of 50,000 people. “I don’t feel any pressure. I know I am a good player.”
One of the big positives about bringing in the youngsters to Newcastle when they are young, Haris was 16 when he arrived on Tyneside, is that they become closely attached to the club.
And you can see that has happened with Vuckic, as it has with some of our other youngsters at the club.
We hope the 18 year-old comes through big time next season, and that Newcastle keep him in an attempt to build a top team again, because that’s the very least the Newcastle fans deserve.