Is Vuckic really all that?

Where the Vuckic is Haris?
When it comes to Newcastle’s youngsters you tend to think of Nile Ranger and Shane Ferguson at the minute, which makes sense as they are getting the most first team football.

One player that doesn’t spring to mind as much as he used to, and probably should do, is our Slovenian starlet Haris Vučkić who was a surrounded by hype when he signed for NUFC back in 2009.

That was the time for me personally where I noticed that the club were really starting to focus on our younger players. Vuckic had reportedly had a trial with AC Milan so instantly people were expecting big things but I’m guessing Milan turned him down and also that they have hundreds of kids on trial every year because they are such a big club.

Fast forward 18 months to the start of this season, after a handful of games in the Championship and a few pre-season friendlies were he impressed (and scored against Carlisle), I thought maybe with the small squad we had we’d be seeing a lot more of the 18-year-old, but that hasn’t been the case.

He made his first appearance of the season in the Carling Cup vs Accrington Stanley in centre midfield were frankly he didn’t do a whole lot against a mid-table League 2 team. His next appearance was in the next round of Cup but this time much more daunting opposition in champions Chelsea. Newcastle won this game 4-3 and it was only now Vuckic showed us what all the hype was about; he passed it neatly, looked to get forward as much as possible but not in a gung-ho style you might expect off someone of his age.

His next and what seemingly looks like his last appearance of the season was again in the Cup vs Arsenal where Newcastle got slaughtered 0-4 but Vuckic was the standout performer and got Man of the Match. What doesn’t help his cause a great deal was having Alan Smith next to him who personally I think is past it but anyways….

Then of course Alan Pardew took over and one of the first things he did was give Vuckic a new 5-and-a-half year contract. Hhere Pardew had this to say on the matter;

”Haris is a player with real potential who we believe could have an exciting future here at Newcastle. It is great news for all parties that he has agreed a new contract.”

So from the sounds of it Pardew really likes the look of him so now it up to Haris himself to show his potential. Hopefully he will get his chance in pre-season, and hopefully a few more games than he’s had this season which I’m sure he will as long as he stays injury free. Also it’s nice to see a left-footed midfielder coming through, they seem to be rare these days 😀

We seem to have a lot of good youngsters at the minute, most notably Tim Krul, Fraser Forster, James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson and Nile Ranger, but Haris Vuckic was meant to bigger and better than these so the question is;

Is Vuckic really all that?

89 thoughts on “Is Vuckic really all that?

  1. Well I would think there was a possibility of him coming here considering what Pardew has said and Blackpool quite possibly will go down. I just worry that the pressure could get to him like you say. It’s a different thing playing at SJP to Bloomfield road and St Mary’s or whatever it is called (where Southhampton play).


  2. “Now the exciting forward is proving he is more than capable of playing at the highest level and has bagged two goals in two Premier League starts for Ian Holloway’s men”…….2 in 2, not really proof, more like he “may” be able to make it at the highest level.


  3. He will probably never get a good chance to be honest….is he better than what we already have and is he going to improve the overall quality? Debatable


  4. I think Pardew is bang on with what he said. It’s not number we are lacking it’s quality throughout the squad. We have a goo XI but beyond the there isn’t much else. That’s what i think Pardew wants to change


  5. Good read Dan.

    I hope we either use Vuckic next season or loan him out to a good footballing Championship team, preferbly Swansea.


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