Haris Vuckic had been one of Newcastle’s top youngsters ever since he arrived in January of 2009 from Slovenien club NK Domzale, and even since he’s been on Tyneside, the 6’3″ midfielder has been linked with some top clubs, including Manchester United.
Haris Vuckic – in action against Den Haag on Saturday
Haris will turn 20 later this month and there comes a time in every young player’s career when it is time to show through, otherwise you will not make it to the top levels.
We always remember how Geordie lad Michael Chopra was heralded as a future Alan Shearer on Tyneside, and when he reached 20 years old had played for the England U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 sides and was expected to become a big player, even at International level.
But it didn’t happen, and the local lad finally moved to Cardiff City, and while he has been a good Championship striker, he’s not at the very highest class, and he is now at Ipswich Town, having been at Cardiff City and Sunderland before that.
For the record Michael played 28 times for the Newcastle first team with 3 goals.
We only mention Chopra’s case because Haris is getting to that age now when he must show through, otherwise he may not become a footballer who can play at the highest levels of the game.
Vuckic was born in Ljubljana in 1992, and has played for the full Slovenian side once last February in Scotland, and he has looked good in pre-season training for the Magpies, and started the game at Den Haag last Saturday.
No doubt Alan Pardew is hoping he can come through big time for Newcastle this season, and for the record Haris has 12 appearances so far for the Newcastle first team.
The 19-year-old, speaking to Newcastle’s official website, had this to say about last Saturday’s game at Den Haag:
“”I played more of a holding role.” “In the four games I have played this pre-season I have played in a lot of different roles.” “This one meant I had to drop a lot more, so I had to change my mentality a bit, but I think it was okay.”
“It was good that I got a chance again, and that I can show that I can do it.” “Playing in the different roles can only help me. I’m a player who can play in a lot of different positions and it is good if you can step in wherever you are needed.”
“It gives me plenty of experience, so hopefully I will get some more chances and I will do my maximum.” “We had a lot of chances and the only thing that was missing was a goal.”
“If we scored early on then I think it would have opened the game up and we would have won easily.” “But they kept a clean sheet, we kept a clean sheet and it was very important that we didn’t concede.”
“Because we created so many chances, the goals will come. With the strikers we have, you know they will always score goals.”
It’s good that Haris can play in different positions, and he makes a good point there, because it’s when you are not creating chances that it becomes worrisome.
But Newcastle are creating the chances, and we have strikers in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse who are as good as any in the Premier League, and can put the ball in the back of the net, and they just need more games to get fully match fit.
Haris Vuckic is one of a few young Newcastle players – Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi are two others – who should be showing though in the coming season, otherwise they could become like Michael Chopra.
Don’t get me wrong about Michael, who has made a good living in football and he’s a good player, but he just didn’t make it to the highest levels in the game, as expected.
We hope Haris Vuckic can do that, and we may know the answer to that next May.
What do you think?