Mackay Impressed With Newcastle Youngster – Calm Under Pressure

Alan Pardew has already spoken to Malky Mackay the Cardiff City manager about 19 year-0old Haris Vuckic, and the Scot seems happy with Haris so far.

Haris Vuckic – with manager Mackay behind him

Vuckic made his debut last Saturday for the Welsh side, but he was taken aback by the pace of the game, and  was replaced at half time.

But the Slovenian was much better on Tuesday night, and he scored Cardiff’s third goal in the 3-1 win over Peterborough, which was much easier than the score suggested, with Peterborough getting their goal in injury time.

Alan Pardew is a keen believer in sending his youngsters out to get games on loan, and he thinks Vuckic will be a better player for the experience:

“I spoke to Malky Mackay on Wednesday morning, and he’s very happy with Haris,”

“He had a start last weekend against Leicester City, and came off at half-time. I think the pace of the division caught him out a bit.”

“He was a lot better against Peterborough. He scored a good goal, and is up and running there now.”

“I’m sure he’ll do very well for Cardiff. He’ll benefit from the loan.”

It often takes a loan spell to bring a youngster up to Premier League standard and if Haris can get a number of games – Cardiff still have 15 games to play this season – he should be much improved from the playing time he will get in what we know is a tough league.

Malky Mackay had this to say about the Newcastle 19 year-old central midfielder:

“Vuckic is a footballer who has talent, can see a pass, and gets into great areas.” “He’s calm under pressure, and I was delighted that he scored.”

“The factors that will bring him on again are game awareness and adapting to the frenetic nature of Championship football.”

“He’ll learn from matches, and by playing with players like Peter Whittingham.”

Next up for Cardiff  City is an away game at Ipswich Town tomorrow afternoon, and we’ll be looking for the result of the game and how Haris fares.

Vuckic’ intial loan runs out in mid-March,  so we’ll have to see how he does at Cardiff, and whether the Welsh club want to extend the loan, but it seems that Alan Pardew would be willing to do that.

And when you think of Haris you think of our other top 19 year-old central midfielder Mehdi Abeid,  and it seems Alan is ready to to allow Abeid to also go out on loan, once they find a suitable club for him.

This is what Alan said about the French U19 and Algerian U23 player:

“We also want Mehdi out on loan, but we haven’t found a club for him yet,” 

James Tavernier is another youngster who is getting first team experience, and the right-back is currently out on loan with Alan Smith at MK Dons.

James has played over 45 games on loan over the last year at Gateshead, Carlisle, Sheffield Wednesday and now MK Dons, and he’ll be a much better player for it when he reports to pre-season training in early July.

We’re hoping both Harris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid will get a number of games before the end of the season on loan,  and then all three could be challenging for first team positions next season.

We’re sure that’s the plan in any case.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • markmac

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Shame that cardiff couldnt take mehdi aswell! im sure someone would take him for a month or so, he looks a very good prospect

  • cyprus

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Great AP,
    That must be encouraging for Mehdi!?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    also we have to send fergie on loan too

  • markmac

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Roshan, he seems to be getting a few minutes lately though,i think keeping him and playing him on the left wing as he has been will do him good…. aslong as he IS getting on like

  • markmac

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    *getting on the pitch i mean

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    This is totally the best strategy for bringing on our young talent. Especially as youth development is the foundation stone of our player development. Cardiff are a good club now. We need to have some partnerships where AP has a good relationship with the coaching and management teams in the receiving club so we know our guys are getting the right experience.

  • Kurt

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope he plays well and stay there to the end of the season.
    On another note Johan Edmondson is about to sign for Viking. If he gets through the medical, he will then sign a 2 year contract

  • Caisleann Nua

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Team for Wolves,

    Simmo/Raylor Willo Colo Santon

    Cabaye Guthrie

    Cisse Benny

    I think that is the best we can offer especially with raylor at right back(suspect defensively to be fair) as it gets all or best technical players on the pitch. Look at the passing ability of that team and with that front three goals will flow. What do ye Think?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    MARK fergie just got 2 games that too from bench which IS not good he can get full games if he goes out on loan

  • theleckworthbird

    Feb 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I think he will go 4 4 2 against Wolves Caislean

  • markmac

    Feb 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    ROSHAN, agreed mate he will get more games out on loan, i guess im speaking a little selfishly thinking he can help out with jonas’ workload ie giving him 20mins or so gets him some playing time and jonas 20mins rest, so helps us out in the short term but yes your right full games in the championship will deffo help him more in the long run

  • UpTheRoad

    Feb 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Guys, Mehdi won’t be sent out on loan I don’t think. I saw him playing football on his day off on Sunday with his mates at Westgate and he’s class. Quick feet and looks sharp – this might be why, he may be closer than we think to the squad.

  • markmac

    Feb 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #13

    AP says they do want him to go out though

  • jamesnufc86

    Feb 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #14

    KEEP fergie ROSHAN he’s getting a few sub appearances and will keep jonas on his toes. ROSHAN why you ALWAYS shouting CERTAIN word ?

  • Brutooon

    Feb 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #15

    the key to a good loan deal is that the young players will be “guarantee” a starting eleven

    Its hard for championship clubs to ensure that except if the player is very very good like vuckic.


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