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This Lad Can Be Great If He Can Keep Himself Fit

8:26 am, Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

We remember when Haris Vuckic signed for Newcastle in January, his club Domžale held a special news conference to announce his move to Newcastle, they thought so much of the player, who was just 16 at the time.

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Haris Vuckic - after scoring at Motherwell

But Haris has suffered one injury after another on Tyneside, and he suffered a serious injury last October playing for the U21 side, when he picked up a ACL knee injury, but the 20 year-old has fought his way back, and he looked a great young player at Motherwell.

He had never played with Yoan Gouffran before until Tuesday night, but they both combined for a goal each in the first 15 minutes of the game in Scotland.

We don’t think anybody doubts the skills of the young Slovenian International, the question is can he keep fit and have a long run in the Newcastle first team?

Certainly Alan Pardew was told all about this lad’s potential when he first arrived on Tyneside, and the first thing Alan did was to give the lad a new extended contract at Newcastle.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say about Vuckic:

“The club has spoken about his potential before I got here but Haris has been so unlucky,’ ‘In the 45 minutes he played on Tuesday night, he couldn’t have shown more quality than he did.”

‘He has got to produce the energy and power the Premier League demands. If he can do that, we are going to have a player on our hands.”

“In the three years I have been at Newcastle.” “I’ve never really had the chance to play him. When he has been fit, I think he’s just been beneath the best team. He’s had a good start.”

Vuckic has played only 15 times with one goal for the Magpies so far, but we are hoping can be just one of the youngsters who can have a break-through season, and the lad seems to be a natural number 10 player, although he can play in multiple different positions, including in central midfield.

He so far has one cap for his country Slovenia, and if he can keep fit,  Haris will be hoping to play a lot more for Slovenia over the coming year,  and a lot more for Newcastle too.

What do you think?

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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Like a new signing….

  • 2 NotEvenGeordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Seems to have a lot of class about him, just can’t stay fit enough to get a decent run in the first team and prove himself at a decent level.

  • 3 toonaids // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Yes he us amazing. Is Slovenia in the world cup

  • 4 Mark29Hungary // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Yes, like every year… :(

  • 5 NotEvenGeordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Hello everyone by the way, been reading the blog for a long time, finally got signed up to post comments and infuriate you all with my views, enjoy.

  • 6 Jamiemac // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Everyone see Sissoko has come out and said his preferred role is the No.10?

    Constant bashing of Pardew for playing him in the No.10. If the lad himself believes that’s his best position then what was the problem

  • 7 JAMSHA // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    hope this season he stays fit n can be our super sub

  • 8 jayphoto // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Distinctly remember Sissoko doing an interview for one of the french papers saying how he enjoyed the #10 role but was surprised to play there and felt his best position was driving from deep and playing box to box?? Reckon hes changed his tune because #10 role is a glamour role, lots of glory to be had playing there etc
    For me Marveaux at #10 would make more sense as hed link the strikers to the midfield! Got a feeling Vuckic might be the only natural #10 at the club

  • 9 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    not made of glass ,unlucky just youthful exuberance,
    he will know now when to tackle and how to avoid the cloggers hopefully

  • 10 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie @1……

    Good morning (afternoon?) and you took the words from my fingers!

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Jayphoto,
    I agree, a fully fit Vuckic will be a better number 10 then Sissoko, Marveaux or Ben Arfa. Fully fit and Vuckic rarely seem to go together though. Really hope this is his year (and the following 10-15 years are to)

  • 12 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Jamiemac

    The problem is they could both be wrong, Sissoko’s strength is his strength when running with pace and power at the defence, his weakness imo is his first touch, as a result his greatest strength and his biggest weakness to me make it highly unlikely that he will be a long term success as a no. 10, play him deeper alongside Tiote which would give us plenty of bite which would allow Cabaye more freedom to push further up the pitch.

  • 13 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    welcome ,notevengeordie

  • 14 NotEvenGeordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Cheers John,

  • 15 Ian Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Repost
    Tads- Vuckic had a good game and linked well with the key players.
    He was given a lot of room in a largely uncompetive game. It was good that he looked sharp and got through without a problem. He does look extremely fit and has clearly put in a lot of gym time.
    Dummett and Sissoko were outstanding. Sissoko really is a beast of a player and I am looking forward to seeing him marauding through opposition midfields.
    Hope your having a good summer.

  • 16 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    noteven
    any views on the vuckic debate

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Good morning Lesh,
    We are an hour ahead of the UK, 2 hours during daylight savings.

    While I’m on, I’m going to give my fortnightly blog on the True Faith website a new push. First one is up now, and I will be doing one every 2 weeks for the full season. Cheers gents.

    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/?p=187

  • 18 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    NotEvenGeordie…… and welcome to the funny-farm!.

    A word from the wise: mind your ps and as as we’ve undercover blog police in our midst.

    Obviously his/ her name is secret but were you to think of a Spanish Med island, you may not be far away from identifying him/ her!

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-ponder-massadio-haidara-5145663?

    Seems a bit odd? He did well when he played last season. I know we have Dummett, and MYM can also play there but still… Where would he go? Would have to be a Prem loan, otherwise it is pointless…

  • 20 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Whats your thoughts on this possibility

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-ponder-massadio-haidara-5145663?

    just how small a squad do we intend to start the season with, Dummett is coming along nicely, send him out to a Championship side and allow him to develope further

  • 21 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    lesh
    ed is the blog police

  • 22 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Sack Pardew!

  • 23 jayphoto // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Wouldn’t particularly want Gomis or Gignac! Don’t get me wrong theyre ok players, and I understand us buying french /european when the value is to be had (like sissoko, gouffran) and i get it when its to buy a supreme talent (PEA) but Gignac would cost 10m + and both gomis and Gignac would want 40k pw + ( probs more in gignacs case) neither are better than what we could buy from england for similar money! I like Gomis, and hes a good team player, the players around him always score goals and if he signs nufc fans will take to him because he gives 100%, ive seen h called baby drogba, but hes more baby kenwyne Jones with added work rate, similar in ability too! Gignac is slow as a post, again hed be a good player at 3-4m but for the 12m being bandied about?! Theres value to be had in France, i still think Maiga who signed for west ham could be a success in a team better set up for him, always liked Khazra, Ben Yedder has great attributes, Emmanuele Riviere from monaco could move as hes on low wages and wont get a game ahead of falcao! Gomis would be cheap because lyon need shot of him before next season but Gignac would be a waste, really cant see the ashley reigeime throwing money at this player

  • 24 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Hello all.

    Have we signed anybody yet?

    No….there’s a shock! See jovetic has signed for man city. Another target we have missed out on due jfk dragging his feet!!

    Ashley out!

    Ah that’s better….

  • 25 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    You beat me to it LG, your too quick off the mark. lol

  • 26 geordiemark // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    lets hope the lad can keep away from injuries this season hes never really had a chance to show what he can do but heres hoping

  • 27 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    indian
    i think he is trying to achieve that

  • 28 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Verruca is a good talent.Can play the number 10 or maybe even a striker.Interesting to see.

    I think Sisoko only want play 10 because he score more goal there.His talent would suit a box to box midfield boy such as Mike Karrick

  • 29 rainrix // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Eh wheres the logic in letting haidara go? Surely 4 is a good number of full backs to have for a season. Admittedly 3 are vying for the LB position but still cover eh? Maybe pards reckons tayls and MYM can cover full back, but i’d rather an actual full back on the bench rather than shoehorning a CB there.

  • 30 Dannyo // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Indian Magpie
    Why do you bother with those pointless posts? Are they getting you anywhere? At all?

  • 31 Szarka // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    He must show her class this year, or sent out. I didnt see any good performances from her yet, hope he gets a good run this year.

  • 32 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    JT

    who?

  • 33 jayphoto // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Strange about Haidara! His signing may prove to be a grade A example of how we consistently value to look whats in the youth ranks and give it a chance!
    I wasn’t a fan of Haidara at Nancy, thought he was awful tbh, but he really impressed me for NUFC, a top 2 division loan at a suitable club would benefit him! Think hed struggle to start for any PL team but maybe a leicester, Forrest type move would be good for him! Failing that a serie A loan? Its the home of defending after all? Knowing us we’ll loan him to an all out attack team and hel spend a season learning nowt

  • 34 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    I have always liked Vuckic both as a player and as a person.

    He has a natural eye for goal and it is arguable who has the most powerful left foot shot at the club, him or Ben Arfa. Yes, he hasn’t got blistering pace but in certain positions and in certain formations it isn’t always necessary. He is good at link up play and is generally very aware of players around him. I would say that his best position is number 10. Far better than Sissoko in that position as I believe he is a central midfield player.

    Good to see him back and I hope he stays free from injury.

  • 35 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Danyo

    No, why are they bothering you, its plain jovial stuff. he is not going anywhere.

  • 36 Toon_Tom // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    so much love in the blog today – thanks Ed

  • 37 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Nice blog Lilongwe, insightful .

    The Club needs to raise its profile in central and southern Africa and if you have a word with Uncle Joe, you never know, he may appoint you as Newcastle United’s Vice President, Africa.

    Maybe you should have attached a link to the Real Sounds’ Dynamo v Tornados to your blog?

    Oh, and your Chairman’s approved an extra pound on your wages – that’s a week mind, he’s no cheapskate and rewards talent when it’s there!

  • 38 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    indian
    ashley is
    and jay,
    there is the logic of nufc,or the lack of it

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    jeff,
    You’re about as Indian as Marsden rock.

  • 40 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    When they said

    Common sense is not that common i know they were talking about NUFC

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Yea.
    Ashley out.
    Support the team not the regime.

  • 42 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    All these people commenting on gignac, have you actually seen much of him? Other than the odd CL appearance and YouTube?

    I’ve not, hence refraining from commenting, but seems people are writing him off immediately.

    Is he really that bad?

  • 43 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    John Tudor, Ed is the Ubergruppenfuhrer of the police, there are undercover agents among us.

    So, watch your Ps and Qs – that’s advice, not an order!!

  • 44 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    I’m still open minded about Vuckic, he has had a terrible run with injuries which is a concern, but even when fit he has failed to impress, but as I have always preached that at times you cannot tell how good someone is until they have had an extended run in the team, and as he hasn’t had that then he shouldn’t be written off, but he has got a lot of proving to do to convince me.

  • 45 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    JFK Junior

    All I will say is he was the reason marseille came second last year. if he was fit for the entire season they would have won the league. scored 18 goals.

  • 46 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Ian toon
    Good to hear, hopefully the level of competition for him will increase over pre season
    Good to hear he’s bulked himself up too hopefully he can stay fit and really push for the first team, but unfortunately staying fit is a big if for poor Harris!

    Does anybody now if haidara/bigi will be linking up with the squad in Portugal?
    I’m assuming they have been given more time of due to the under 21 World Cup?

  • 47 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie @ 19

    I think loaning Haidara out would be a good thing as he will presumably get more game time in the English game and be much better for it, than warming the bench if that.

    It certainly hasn’t done Dummitt any harm. A positive transformation, and very welcome.

  • 48 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Lesh,
    Cheers mate! I know True Faith put local music stuff on their site, so may well include some African music references through the season.

    Vice President – I like the sound of that! I’m sure The Right Honourable Gentleman and President Kinnear has plans to promote the club in these parts!

    As for the extra £1, that will get me an extra 2 beers watching the cricket and COSAFA final tomorrow! What a generous leader we have!

  • 49 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    JFK

    from the little that I have seen of him he appears to be very strong and holds the ball up very well, at times we were desperate for someone to do that for us last season, just to ease the pressure on the defence when we were under the cosh, that should have been Shola’s job but he just isn’t good enough, so I would not be as disappointed as some would be if we signed him, mind I would rather we got Gomis, as he seems to have a bit more to his game, judging by the limited time that I have seen them.

  • 50 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    from previous post, so many people said that a lot of clueless people or idiots or not real fans commenting on this blog.
    Wow… the level of arrogance is unbelievable, like they are masters of everything, like others are not worthy to speak on this blog other than those bunch of elites.
    Is there elite society of NUFC knowledge that I don’t know about here? or special clubs of elite NUFC know it all?

  • 51 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    There you go Lil, that’s your tomorrow made – thanks to President Joe who made the recommendation.

    Lil, maybe you could wear a top-hat to official duties, ala Dr Banda? Paint white stripes on it and it’d be perfect in your new role as VP,?

  • 52 Sav // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Gignac the new Guivarch?




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