Haris Vuckic is still only 19 year old, but he is already a full Slovenian International, and this lad can turn out to be a top player for Newcastle in the future, but there’s also no doubt this is a very important season for the youngster.
Haris Vuckic – important season coming up for 19 year old
Haris joined the club when he was only 16 years old back in January of 2009 from Slovenian club NK Domzale, and when the club held a news conference to announce the deal, we thought this lad could be very special.
Haris has been linked with AC Milan and Manchester United, and he certainly has held the mantle of being one of the best young footballers in Europe for a few years now, and he made his debut against Scotland in late February, and when he came on in that game, he looked a very good player.
There’s no doubt at all that Haris has been blessed with great skills, and he has often looked good when playing in Newcastle’s famous colors, and maybe it’s this coming season when he can make the big breakthrough and challenge for a first team position on Tyneside.
Haris has been interviewed today by the Newcastle Journal and this is what the youngster, who was born in Ljubljana, had to say:
“I’m still only 19. I will be 20 in August (21st August to be exact) but I am still one of the younger players.” “This is an important season but they are all important.” “I am frustrated so far because I have not really had a chance without injuries getting in the way.”
“Newcastle supporters haven’t seen enough of me with the injuries so that is now the main thing for me – just to stay fit for long enough to have a chance.” “It is great for me to have these games in pre-season because I know it is up to me and I feel happy and a I feel strong.”
“The manager has said that he’s happy with me. He thinks I will get a chance because players might be tired in the Premier League with all the added games.” “I think there will be more opportunities for us to play next season with Europe.”
“There will be Carling Cup, the FA Cup, Europa League and of course the Premier League so I think there will be chances there for me to play. Cardiff was very good for me. I now feel as if I have the confidence to cope if the chance comes.” “I feel stronger, I feel fitter and I will be ready now because it always helps to play those kind of games.
“Yes it was a level below the Premier League, but Cardiff is a big club where the games mean a lot and that has helped me a lot.” “The most important thing for me is my fitness. I know I have said this before but injuries have been the thing that has most hurt me,” he said.
“Last season I was gutted to be injured when I was very close to the first team because I had earned the chance but there is not much you can do with an injury like that.” “Now I feel good and hopefully I will be fit for all of this season. The main thing is to be fit, train hard and to make my opportunities count when I get them.”
“But it has been so frustrating for me to pick up all those injuries as a young player.” “It was excellent experience for us ahead of Europe,” Vuckic said. “We played well in the games and this a very good standard of opposition for us to be playing against at this point.”
One area of his game that Haris has to improve on, as Alan Pardew has mentioned before, is that he has to become more physical as a player.
We remember when he started at Liverpool and in the first half somebody hit him with an elbow, and he stopped playing immediately, and the game carried on.
Now it could well have been a painful knock to take, but there are too many times when we’ve seen Haris play, and he just doesn’t like the physical part of the game, which of course is a big part of the game in England.
That’s why his time at Cardiff City would have been good for him, and maybe another short loan spell at a Championship club could be good for the lad, although we think Alan Pardew wants to keep him on Tyneside, and give him some first team playing time this coming season.
Haris is also a big strapping lad at 6’3″ and he seems to still be growing, although the Slovenian is now shorter than a certain Sammy Ameobi, who now looks about 7′ tall, especially when you consider the new haircut he has.
We think this will be a very important season for Haris, but not a do or die season, because he’s still too young for that.
Haris could become a player who will become great at Newcastle, or he could become a youngster who may not make it to the highest levels of football – that’s where things stand at the moment.
We really hope it’s the former.
For the record Haris has played 12 times for Newcastle and five times out on loan at Cardiff City, and he played 5 times for the NK Domzale first team, before signing on at Newcastle three and a half years ago.
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