We saw snippets of what Haris could do last season in games against Chelsea and Arsenal in the Carling Cup of which he was our stand out player in both games. After that he got injured and spent the rest of the season out, but after a good pre-season this may really be his breakthrough year.
Haris missed the game against Kansas City with a knock, but has had sub appearances against both Orlando and Columbus Crew and in both games the team have looked better after his arrival. Vuckic’s goal last night just capped off a good final game for Newcastle in America, Vuckic beat his man and curled the ball into the far top corner of the goal – there was nothing the Crew goalkeeper could do about it.
After the game Vuckic spoke to the Chronicle, and this is what he had to say.: “That was for them.
“They have stuck with us throughout the tour and travelled everywhere.
“They were really behind us.
“It was a great feeling for me as it was my first goal of pre-season. I have come close.
“I can certainly offer the team this if they want it. It gives me confidence to push on again.”
Vuckic seems like a good lad; I read an article a while ago about his love for Newcastle since moving there, and how he wants to make a big impression. He’s clearly been frustrated by his injuries and now I’m sure he’ll be desperate to push on and try and impress at first team level, well, he’s certainly impressed me.
Something else I liked about his goal last night was his celebration with Mehdi Abeid, they seem to be good friends since Mehdi has moved to Newcastle. They came together and did like a little high five dance type thing, they both found it funny anyway.
I saw a lot of comments about Vuckic where people complained about him “always” being injured, I didn’t buy that to be honest. Just because a player has had a bad injury doesn’t make him injury prone. Hopefully Vuckic is now opening the eyes of some of the people who wrote him off a few months ago.
I personally like Vuckic, I feel he gives us something a bit different, he’s bigger and stronger than the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Mehdi Abeid who can also play off the forward. He’s also got brilliant technical ability and links the play up well, and last night’s curling finish shows he knows where the goal is.
I’d like to see Vuckic start at Leeds and show us what else he can do, what do you think? « Is Alan Pardew a coach or a manager? | The midfield dilemma »