Alan Pardew will be well pleased with the team performance last night at Motherwell, where there were some very good performances put in by some of out fringe players.
Haris Vuckic – congratulated by Gouffran after scoring last night
One such performance was from 20 year-old Haris Vuckic, playing his first game since having that bad ACL knee injury last October, and Haris looked what he is – a very good young footballer
Haris was essentially playing as a laid back striker behind Yoan Gouffran, and since he has an eye for goal, that seems a good position to play the Slovenian International.
And Gouffran and Vuckic combined for the first two goals, and looked good playing up front together.
This is what Vuckic told the Shields Gazette today:
“I’m very happy,” “After nine months working hard and in the shadows, the gaffer gave me a chance.” “I’ve really worked hard in training.” “On the pitch, we played well and created a lot of chances.”
“It was important that we won, and the goal was a bonus for me. Everything’s good – I’m happy!” “I was a little bit surprised that I was starting straight away, but in the summer holidays I was really working hard and pushing myself to get really fit.
“I wanted to get into the team. The gaffer gave me a chance, and the most important thing is to keep him happy.” “Sometimes those are the best goals, when you get that gift and you just have to tap them in.”
“Actually, the ball surprised me a little bit, so I had to react pretty quick. Thankfully, it was a goal.” “The most important thing was that we looked good and played sharp.” “For example, in the first game of last pre-season the 1-0 defeat to Chemnitzer, we didn’t look confident.”
“But we created a lot of chances, and looked sharp and confident. That’s a good start to pre-season.” “We trained together,” he added. “I haven’t had a lot of time to get to know Yoan Gouffran on the pitch, and see how he runs, but I think we played well together.”
This is an important season for Vuckic, whose time on Tyneside has been blighted by one injury after another in the dour and a half years he’s been on Tyneside.
So we hope this player, who turns 21 next month can stay free of injury, and also be able to put up with the physical demands of the English game, although at 6’2″ tall, he looks a strapping player for Newcastle.
And certainly last night his performance impressed manager Alan Pardew, who said this after the game:
“Haris was terrific on his return.”
Vuckic was brought to Newcastle in January of 2009 at just 16 years of age, and at that time he was thought to be a great young player in the making.
This season is when Haris has to come through at Newcastle.
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