When Haris Vuckic first arrived on Tyneside in January of 2009 from NK Domzale in Slovenia,he was one of the top young players in Europe at only 16 years of age, and much was expected from the Ljubljana, Slovenia born player.
Haris Vuckic – time running out at Newcastle
Newcastle beat a lot of top European clubs in getting the youngster from Slovenia, and at the time it was thought to be a coup for Newcastle.
And when Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle almost four years ago in December of 2010, he was told one of Newcastle’s best young players was Haris, and the manager quickly signed him to an extended deal in January of 2011, which runs out in the summer of 2016 – so Haris has a little over 18 months left on that contract.
But he has a hard job making the bench these days, and plays his football for the impressive Newcastle U21 side, after spending time out on loan at Cardiff City in 2012, and Rotherham for the second half of last season.
Haris Vuckic with Alan Pardew – January 2011
Vuckic has had far too many injuries during his time at Newcastle, and that has certainly hampered his progress at the club.
The Newcastle U21 side hope to go top of the Barclays U-21 Premier League Division 2, when we play Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Thursday, and we need a point to go above Arsenal to the top of the league.
This is what Haris has said today about things at Newcastle:
“The manager gave me a chance when I was 18. I had a few injuries but I just need to fight and get in the first team again” “I made my full debut against West Brom and that was a great experience for me. I had a few injuries that put me back, but I just need to fight and get in the first team again.”
“I want to play in the first team and U-21 games only help you to show the manager that you can play for the first team, so I just want to score goals and show the manager I can play in the Premier League.”
“Sometimes if you play in an U-21 game in a training ground, it’s not such a good atmosphere like it is in stadiums. Our last game was in St James’ Park. It’s totally different playing in the stadium instead of the training ground.”
“That helps you to get ready for the first team, playing in the stadiums as well. It’s a massive experience”
Haris has to play well for the U21 side so he can again force himself into Pardew’s first team match day squad of 18.
And he can take encouragement from the way Mehdi Abeid has come through to the first team, after his season-long loan deal in Greece last year and the two players are very close in age – with Haris being 15 days younger than Mehdi.
But the 6′ 1¨ tall 22 year-old will have to make a move into the first team soon, if his career is going to continue at Newcastle, because time is running out.
We hope the Slovenian International can be yet another youngster who comes through to the first team this season.
That would be great.
Haris has played 18 times for the Newcastle first team with one goal – so far.
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