Top Newcastle Youngster Must Prove Himself Next Season

Haris Vuckic has been at Newcastle for over four years now, yet he’s only played 20 times with two goals for the Newcastle first team, and that’s due to the Slovenian International picking up a number of serious injuries during his time on Tyneside.

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Haris Vuckic – vital season coming up for Slovenian

His last injury was back in October at Villa Park, when he sustained a serious Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury to his left knee while playing for the U21 side, which sidelined him for the rest of the season.

But unfortunately that’s almost been par for the course for the player who turns 21 in August, and there’s no doubt that next season is a very important season for the 6’1″ midfielder, if he is to make it at Newcastle.

Haris is well aware of his poor injury record, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site yesterday:

“I’m looking forward to pre-season and next season.” “I’m fit now, thank God. Everything’s okay. It’s been a long few months but now I’m fit and that’s the most important thing.”

“I’ve had a lot of bad luck in the past but hopefully now it’s finished so I can be fit and focused just on football, playing games and training hard and I hope the gaffer’s going to give me a chance.”

“There was no point in risking it.” “I started training the week before the end of the season but usually long term injuries take two or three weeks of training to get that feeling before you can play.

“So there was no point in risking it for the last game. I’m just focusing on next season and pushing on towards that.”

Vuckic signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with Newcastle back in early 2011, so he’s contracted to Newcastle until 2016, and at the time manager Alan Pardew had this to say about the gifted player:

“Haris is a player with real potential who we believe could have an exciting future here at Newcastle.”

The 20 year-old hasn’t got going too often in his four and a half years on Tyneside, mainly due to injuries, but next season is a vital season for Haris, if he is prove he’s good enough to have a future in the Newcastle first team.

We really hope he can stay clear of injuries next season because he’s not really a youngster any more, and needs to come through.

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10 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Personally I don’t think he is going to make it at NUFC. He is made of glass, very slow and has never really set the world on fire when he was given a chance.

    Our best youngsters at the minute IMO are: campbell,Streete,Bigi, & maybe Sammy.

  • beddersmag

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Id agree there. Add in lazy and selfish. Was highly rated though, so must have some ability. Hope he proves us wrong but could be another of those who never fulfil their potential

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Not good enough for Newcastle at the mo and not cut out for the EPL, as far as I can tell.

    More chance of becoming a name in Serie A, for example, and only then with another 5-6 seasons more experience.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Seen this lad do some absolute exquisite things for the reserves! Hes exactly the sort of player we should be nurturing and finding a way to intergrate him into the 1st team squad! Heard hes unplayable in training too! Shame on the injury front but a bonus that theyve all been seperate injuries rather than a reaccurring one! Strange people jump to the defense of HBA as not being injury prone yet are happy to write off Vuckic! If vuckic doesnt become a first team player with talent and desire he has then our coaching staff have failed! Lack of pace never effected Ibra, berbatov or riquelme and vuckic is of the same ilk

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #5

    You really do have to be exceptional to break into the first team of the calibre of a club like Newcastle if you’re under 25 without many 1st team games behind you and having learned your trade elsewhere. It’s almost as if we groom youngsters for careers elsewhere and by necessity have to bring in realistic first team players who’ve matured and developed elsewhere too.

  • 09nufc09

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #6

    i used to go and wach alot of the reserves and this lad is a class above every other youngster at the club. his vision is what sets him apart from all the rest, he also has a hell of a long shot on him and makes runs into space. easily the best youngster we have coming through its just a shame he cant stay fit, if it wasnt for the fact he was injured this season i think he would have played alot of games this year. if he can keep himself fit i expect him to be the first youngster to break into the first team. bigi is a dm that lets players just run past him and dosent pick them up, sammy is very frustrating and cambell has looked like a fish out of water everytime i have seen him play in the first team(hes supposed to be a striker yet i havent seen him touch the ball in the box let alone have a shot).

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #7


    I think Mbabu may be another we can include in the list with Campbell, Streete & Bigirimana (couple of others like Rolando Arons & Lubomir Satka could maybe do alright too). NUFC have wasted too many talents like Ferguson, Inman, Samny etc by not giving them the right development programmes. Sammy & Fergie should’ve been at Championship clubs on loan 2 years ago, not when they’re 21 and coming to that important stage of first team or release.

    Vucki? could’ve been a great player as he had potential in abundance but he’s definitely suffered from a lack of loans for experience. Injuries & lack if experience could see him fail but I do hopd he maximises his chances and at least guves himself the chance to get a good move, if not do well enough to stay on at the Toon.

    Is it me as well or is NUFC’s medical team not up to scratch? Last season was a nightmare for injuries & it’s happened before or are we just very unlucky that we have many players prone to injury?

  • Greebol1892

    Jun 5, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #8

    agree with some of the posts above…. this lad is CLASS and the best of the “breakthrough” players. Already a full international. If he can get a run of games in the reserves and a loan stint, he will come good.
    Certainly not a lazy player, has vision, balance & grace, skill and a fiersome shot. Actually reminds me a bit like Viana but stronger.
    Hope he fulfills his potential!!! Just try and keep him fit for a season…..

  • Bambams

    Jun 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #9

    I have seen this lad at the reserves…He has got it! Just needs confidence then watch what a player he can become.

    I honestly think if he gets his confidence back he will be the player of next season, this is his big season and he knows it, Pards needs to give him a starting berth in the first game of the season which will give him the boost he needs.


  • Edlines

    Jun 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Ship him out on loan for a season, if he shows something then put him in the 1st team squad the year after. Looks like a continental player to me though, not robust and quite slow. Maybe Spain or Italy, remember Viana?


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