There’s never been much doubt of Haris Vuckic’s ability since he arrived at Newcastle in January of 2009 from NK Domžale, but he needs to toughen up a bit, and his positional play also needs to improve, but he showed last night what an exciting player he could become, with a wonderful game winning goal for the Magpies after 21 minutes.
Haris Vuckic after scoring first senior goal for Newcastle last night
We had mentioned in our Match Preview that Vuckic might start up front last night, because of his eye for goal, but he didn’t, and was brought on for the injured Ryan Taylor after 10 minutes, with James Perch moving to left back, and the Slovenian International put Newcastle ahead with a beautiful left footed curling shot that went just inside the far post, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Alan Pardew admitted his inclusion of some youngsters was a bit of a risk last night:
“We took a bit of a risk with our first selection and we took a bit of a risk tonight.” ”But we have managed to just do enough and it gives us a chance for Sunday’s game because if we can get six points and qualify for Europe out of the start we had – Tottenham at home, Chelsea away, two European games and Aston Villa at home – I will be absolutely delighted.”
The 20-year-old Slovenian International had only been on the pitch for 11 minutes after replacing the injured Ryan Taylor, before he scored his goal, which was the difference between the two sides last night.
Alan Pardew talked about Newcastle’s match-winner after the game last night:
“He has got a great technical ability, but there are a lot of things he needs to harness. His defensive play and some of his positional play still needs to be right to play in our first team.”
“But there is no doubting he has got tremendous flair and talent, and hopefully he can grasp all that’s needed to be a top player.” “He’s got a great chance, though. I’m pleased he got the goal.”
“He’s one of our real favourites in the dressing room, with both staff and players.”
This could be the breakthrough season for Vuckic, who turned 20 years old 10 days ago, and he’s been called up for the full Slovenian squad for their two World Cup qualifying games early next month.
That was Vuckic’ first senior goal for Newcastle, and he has now played 13 times for the Newcastle first team.
We expect Haris to be involved on Sunday at home to Aston Villa, and we are hoping we can win the game, and that will give us a great start to the season from a very difficult first five games.
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