Haris Vuckic

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Saturday's goalless draw in Den Haag saw Haris Vuckic deployed in a slightly different role, and the teenager is more than happy to ply his trade wherever instructed. 

Normally lining up as an attacking midfielder, an out-and-out striker or just behind the front man, Vuckic sat deeper in midfield alongside Cheick Tiote at the Kyocera Stadium, and looked tidy in possession, also breaking forward to go close with one headed chance.

The 19-year-old Slovenian international has been heavily involved in United's pre-season schedule to date and is keen to impress manager Alan Pardew with his versatility.

"I played more of a holding role," explained Vuckic to nufc.co.uk after the final whistle in Holland.

"In the four games I have played this pre-season I have played in a lot of different roles.

"This one meant I had to drop a lot more, so I had to change my mentality a bit, but I think it was okay. It was good that I got a chance again, and that I can show that I can do it.

"Playing in the different roles can only help me. I'm a player who can play in a lot of different positions and it is good if you can step in wherever you are needed.

"It gives me plenty of experience, so hopefully I will get some more chances and I will do my maximum."

United dominated proceedings in the friendly against Den Haag, but were unable to find a killer touch in the final third which would have given them a deserved win.

But, looking at the firepower in Newcastle's dressing room, Vuckic is unconcerned by the lack of goals.

"We had a lot of chances and the only thing that was missing was a goal," he said.

"If we scored early on then I think it would have opened the game up and we would have won easily.

"But they kept a clean sheet, we kept a clean sheet and it was very important that we didn't concede.

"Because we created so many chances, the goals will come. With the strikers we have, you know they will always score goals."

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