‘One to watch in 2010’ – Haris Vuckic

Haris Vuckic is said to be one of the brightest young starlets in Europe, and when Newcastle United won the race to sign the highly rated Slovenian born player they did so after recognising his qualities as an attacking midfielder. There has been a growing emphasis to look worldwide for identify young talent, and it was rumoured that Vuckic had a trial with AC Milan. 2010 could prove to be a big year for the player because after signing in 2009 he played for Newcastle’s reserves, before missing the end of the year due to knee and ankle injuries.

Vuckic’s rise to professional football started at the early age of 16. He was signed by Newcastle whilst he was a player for youth team NK Domzale, of Slovenia. Newcastle’s academy boss, Richard Money, says that Vuckic is destined for stardom. When speaking to the club’s television station, he said: “He’s beginning to settle in now. Coming over from Slovenia was never going to be easy, especially with such a big reputation. But week by week he’s really beginning to come to grips with what we want.” Vuckic has everything a modern attacking midfielder needs; good athleticism, a change of pace and he can be creative with the ball- something crucial when playing in that part of the pitch.

With this year being an opportunity to kick start his career, after an injury ended his first year with the Magpies, it is a chance to show one of the biggest clubs in England, with one of the most vocal crowds, his talents. No Slovenian player has ever played for Newcastle so this is a huge opening to show that he can be a success. As seems to be the case with really young talent from overseas, Vuckic is a versatile player and he can play as a striker or as a winger. The fact that he is training with the first team this year means that he must be ready to make the step up from the reserves team, where it was said he impressed a lot with goals for them, and the u18s.

Vuckic will have the chance to be playing Premiership football this year should Newcastle gain promotion, and he has made a positive impact on the youth setup at the club. Vuckic has had a taste of first team football, and manager Chris Hughton intends to keep it that way. He said: “He’s been involved with the first team since pre-season. He is still very young, but he’ll very much be around the first team this season.”

If Newcastle can manage to keep him this year, and beyond, then the Slovenian will prove to be a big hit, not just in his home country, but also with Newcastle’s passionate fans.

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