There are players at Newcastle like Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi and Gael Bigirimana who were once top young talents and very promising players on Tyneside, but they have simply not come through and will now find if very difficult to be successful at Newcastle.
We would be very surprised of any of those three will still be at Newcastle next summer.
Haris Vuckic probably was the one most fans thought could be a really big star when he was signed in January 2009 from Domzale – and some big clubs have been interested in him but he has not come through.
Haris Vuckic – has time tun out for the Slovenian?
And his loan spells at Cardiff, Rotherham and last season at Wigan have not helped him make the breakthrough.
He did have a really successful loan spell at Rangers the season before last in Scotland’s second tier (9 goals and 4 assists in 22 appearances), but hasn’t kicked on from then – so to speak.
The player turns 24 next month and he had injuries last season at Wigan and was not a starter for the promoted club.
But Haris did score and play well on Saturday in the U-21 teams 5-1 drubbing of Darlington so hope may not be completely lost.
This is what an upbeat Harris Vuckic has told the Chronicle today:
“It’s good to be back,” “I had a great experience at Wigan, it was a great season for the club getting promoted and being Champions.”
“But I’m happy to be back with Newcastle and hopefully I can get a chance to get fit, play many games and show what I can do and then hopefully the gaffer can give me an opportunity in the first team, but we’ll see.”
“Yes I have spoken to the manager – at the moment I’m not in his plans.” “But hopefully with my games I can show him that I can at least deserve a chance and that he can try me in different positions.”
“Hopefully he will do that.” “No 10, right-wing, left-wing, middle – I have a lot of positions where I can play,”
“So I think that’s always welcome and always good for the manager because it means he can rotate if there are injuries or suspensions – which will happen.”
“That’s always welcome and my versatility helps but I think my best position is No 10 or right-wing.”
“It’s always important to be in a winning team who are winning every week and it gives you the confidence.”
“When you come on to the pitch with confidence then that allows you to win more games.”
“Actually it was a hard season for me as well, but eventually we did what we wanted and it was a great achievement.”
“I always try to help the team a lot with the experience I’ve got.”
“I’m still quite young, I’m only 23 years old so I have a lot of time left to play football but where I have been with the first team everywhere, it’s a good experience so I can always help the lads develop.”
Haris has one year left on his contract at Newcastle and the likelihood is that he will be sent out on loan for the coming season.
Haris has played 19 times with one goal for the Magpies and made his first team debut on 26th August 2009.
That’s when he had just turned 17 a full seven years ago and came on as a late substitute in the League Cup tie with Huddersfield Town.
What do you think?