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.