One of the very best youngsters at Newcastle at the moment is Slovenian U21 International Haris Vuckic.
Haris Vuckic – could start tomorrow night
The 19 year-old has now fully recovered from a broken hand, and he’s been on Tyneside since January of 2009, when he was signed as a 16 year-old from NK Domzale to great fanfare.
Haris must have been looking good in training, since he seems to be set to be in the starting line-up at Ewood Park tomorrow night in the Carling Cup 4th round tie with Blackburn Rovers.
Alan Pardew must think Haris is ready for first team action at Newcastle this season, because otherwise he would have been dispatched out on loan to a lower league club, but Alan has kept him on Tyneside.
Vuckic did play in the 2nd round Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe United back in August, but he was then injured against Fulham three days later, and broke his hand in a collision with American Clint Dempsey.
This is what Vuckic told the local Newcastle press today:
“It’s great to feel wanted.” “The Carling Cup is a great chance for us. I have to train hard in sessions and show what I’ve got in the Reserves.”
“But the Carling Cup is a bigger stage for us.” “There is a good bunch of us coming through now, Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid and Nile Ranger too.”
“We all feel we can do well and have to train hard.” “I feel great now, the injury is behind me and I am just looking forward to resuming the start I made.”
Vuckic has so far played 9 times for the Newcastle first team, and he seems to be one of the youngsters that Alan Pardew wants to blood this season.
But of course there’s always Mehdi Abeid, who is also just 19 years old and just 15 days older than Haris, and is also pushing for a first team start in the middle of the park.
Haris has grown at least an inch over the last year, and now stands 6’3″ tall, and he is very good technical player whom Pardew says still has to get used to the physical play in the Premier League.
It’s really an open question what the starting eleven will be tomorrow, but we know that Cheick Tiote will not be starting because of a knee injury, and Steven Taylor has his broken nose, and probably will not start either.
Vuckic did play in the Newcastle Reserves side last week when they beat Liverpool 3-2 at Darsley Park, and so he has had a match since returning from injury.
Haris Vuckic epitomizes the class Newcastle have with some of their younger players on Tyneside.