Xisco Ready For Challenge At Newcastle


Newcastle’s 22 year old new striker Xisco, has admitted to being surprised by the timing of his switch to The Premier League and Newcastle United.

Xisco – renegotiating Deportivo contract when Newcastle made their move

The Spanish Under-21 player was in negotiations for a new contract at Deportivo La Coruna before Newcastle United came in with a lucrative offer, and Xisco couldn’t turn it down, not surprisingly.

At the time it seems that Keegan was unaware Wise was after the player, so the poor lad walked into a storm at the club, shortly after his signing, which of course is none of his doing.

Xisco is now looking forward to the challenge that has always appealed to him, even if he admits he was not expecting the opportunity to come quite so soon.

And the youngster may even make his debut for Newcastle against Hull City on Saturday, with Martins and Viduka still out injured.

Xisco told Laopinioncoruna.es today:

“We spoke about a renewal but we had the offer from Newcastle and it was very difficult for Deportivo to match,”  “It’s necessary to look ahead and know that the life of a footballer is only 10 years.”

“It’s a totally different league but it’s very strong and the most fashionable. Playing in England has always attracted me.”

“I didn’t know that it would arrive so soon but opportunities present themselves only once in life and I had to take it, however I will never forget where I’ve come from and what Deportivo and the city have given to me.”

“I will never close the door on Deportivo – I’d love to return.”

Even though he was not earmarked by Keegan, this boy could still be a good buy and one of the successes of the club this year has been the capture of many great up and coming youngsters.

Those include Guthrie (21), Bassong (22), Kadar (18), Tozer (18), Soderberg (18), Zamblera (18) and Baheng (18), and these lads should be so much better in a couple of years down the road. We should be in with a good shot too, for the FA Youth Cup this season, since the lads at 18 years old qualify to represent Newcastle in the tournament.

Xisco has unfortunately joined a club in upheaval, following the resignation last week of Kevin Keegan, but the Spaniard is sensibly not saying too much about the situation, which is a good move by the youngster:

“I don’t know exactly what has happened,” “When I arrive there I will find out first hand what has happened.”

All that Xisco has to do now is get his head down, and make his Newcastle career a success, hopefully starting on Saturday against Hull City, where a goal would be very nice, thank you very much.

He seems a really nice lad to have at the club, and we have to hope he’ll turn out to be another good buy for us, in these troubled times.

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394 comments so far

  • toooooonfan

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #1

    is he playing on saturday then

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  • broon ale

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    its a shame that i and others simply dont care about xisco and gonzalez.

    their names serve to remind us of the circumstances which led t0 keegan leaving

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Err you are wrong, Keegan spoke to Xisco, he said so himself.

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  • I Made 1000

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #4

    i feel sorry for the lads who just came in, they didnt get a chance to get to know keegan

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    broon ale
    you’ve got to give them a fair chance it was not their fault

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #6

    ASHLEY MUST GO!! ASHLEY OUT!! ASHLEY MUST GO!!
    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?DWMANUFC

    Lads If we are “UNITED” in agreement that Ashley and the board must go!! Why on earth is there a mere 5500 signatures to the petition!
    considering we usually have a full ground of 52K

    COME ON LADS GET SIGNING UP! ASHLEY OUT!!!!!
    ASHLEY AND HIS PUPPETS MUST BE FORCED OUT OFF OUR GREAT CLUB AND THE CITY!!
    COME ON LADS NEED TO BE ALSO UP FOR THE CHALLANGE TO GET “MR LIAR” OUT!!!!

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  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Broon Ale – Don’t be so wet!!!!

    Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard, I wish the new lads well, they are toon players now and that’s all that matters!

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!

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  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

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  • AO

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    HOW’S THIS FOR AN EXCLUSIVE.

    POYET WILL BE UNVEILED AS THE NEW NEWCASTLE MANAGER!!

    100% FACT! BAN ME FOR LIFE IF THIS ISNT CORRECT!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Kevinhann – Hi I know you are trying to get feedback but it is canny anoying to see the same post on every blog that is on here.

    No offence

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Broon Ale – howay man – give the lads a chance, what has gone has gone. Water under the bridge now mate – time to move on.

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  • Davies

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Let’s hope he’s a good un. I also hope that he is playing on Saturday. Who else have we got to play up front with little Mickey?

    Shola?

    Broon Ale, have a word with yourself mate.

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  • ken

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #13

    looks like a promising player 🙂
    Ashley please hurry up and sell!

    VIDEO Boycott the game
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lc8qfQehNg

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  • ObaFan2

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Born Again Geordie, although xisco has joined at a turbulent time at the club and is definately not to blame, it is certainly not “water under the bridge” yet.

    Thousands will protest on Saturday and 9% in the poll say “Appoint A New Manager And Get On With It”

    That leaves a massive 91% who don’t.

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  • FARTY

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #15

    FORGET ABOUT KK .THE CLUB MUST NOW MOVE ON. NEWCASTLE UNITED IS BIGGER THAN ONE MAN. IF ASHLEY SOLD OUT NOW WOULD WE BE ANY BETTER OFF.

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  • Tom

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Broon Ale, thats a bit harsh on the new players isn’t it?

    You should care about them and you should support them, its not their fault Kevin was forced out (well, it wasn’t down to them personally). They are Newcastle United players now, and we are Newcastle United fans!

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  • Paul

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #17

    cumon xisco..be the shearer youre made to be

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  • seetow

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #18

    xisco is a fine youngster and a definite good buy! vetere does know his stuff and i think he will be a huge success here. don’t judge this young lad just yet cos he’s gonna wow you guys

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  • Alex

    Sep 11, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #19

    I hope this Xisco lad is as good as the rest of the signings over the summer . We have to admit that the new recruits up to now look good & have improved the quality of the squad . Its just a shame that we are still short in depth . Here’s hoping that this mess will be sorted soon and we will be rid of the fat man , poisoned dwarf & the silent man .
    Come Saturday i hope we beat hull and all the various planed demonstrations will be a success .
    HOWAY THE LADS lets KEEP THE FAITH.

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  • Graham

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #20

    I hope this kid is as goos as some people say he is. I just hope that fans give him a fair chance. He’s probably the most innocent person in all of this mess.

    Just because Keegan didn’t want him doesn’t mean he’s a bad player. It’s just the circumstances of his arrival that leaves a sour taste in the mouth

    Good luck Xisco whenever we finally see you.

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  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #21

    ‘At the time it seems that Keegan was unaware Wise was after the player, so the poor lad walked into a storm at the club, shortly after his signing, which of course is none of his doing’…..

    A victim of circumsance like others in the team so the message has got to be, support the lads when they’e on the pitch and vent your spleens at the so-called Board when they’re off the field.

    Toon fans’ll be on TV so for goodness sake, show the rest of the world just how dignified we can be during all this.

    Don’t waste the opportunity and don’t let the lads down.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #22

    TO SOME OF YOU ON THIS WEBSITE!

    “WHERE HAS THE PASSION GONE!!!”

    ASHLEY IS AS BAD IF NOT WORSE THAN FAT FRED!

    ASHLEY OUT!! ASHLEY OUT!! ASHLEY OUT!! AND ALL OF HIS PUPPETS!!!!!!

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  • Karltoon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Im gonna put it out there and say, though i would of liked keegan to stay lets just get on with it, its only the manner in which the exit occured that leave a sour taste in my mouth.. Wise has done the job he’s been asked to do, and Vetere as someone mentioned above definately does know his stuff, and FMA has wiped our debts. I didnt think Keegan should have came back in the first place for this exact reason.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #24

    IF HE WASN’T WANTED BY KEEGAN THEN WHY WOULD KEEGAN PERSONALLY MEET WITH HIM AND DISCUSS HIS AMBITIONS FOR THE CLUB?!?!?!?!?!?

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  • Big Al

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I have to say that although the way NUFC has handled the keegan situation is shocking if its true that Wise has been picking these players over the summer you have to admit the three we have seen look very good. And the two we got just before the deline look like they could also be good.

    We may not agree with the transfer policy in place at NUFC but lets not forget if these last tow signing turn out to be good and lets also not forget bassong then Wise and co have done excellent buisness during the summer.

    How oftern do you sign 6 players and all 6 turn out to be great, so far we know 4 out of 6 are great whats the chances the other two are?

    I can understand why Ashley put this system in place if this is the result although it would have been a good idea to let keegan know the score when he became manager.

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  • DC Toon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #26

    The issue with recruitment policy was not the youngsters we signed but the lack of other signings of more established players. If we had double-tracked the effort I would have been completely happy. In fact, wasn’t that what was supposed to happen? Keegan identify the established players he wanted and Wise identify the younger players. Under this kind of system, NUFC would have built for now and later and do so economically. This made complete sense. Xisco appears to be a great signing and I am very happy he is here. I don’t criticize the club for wanting this kind of player. But why didn’t we get more of them if the club was unwilling to shell out the cash for the more established players? It seems that the strategy was on paper only and that is disappointing. I think that is what broke Kevin’s heart and it is certainly breaking mine. I will continue to support all of our players because none of this nonsense is their fault.

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  • Karltoon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #27

    We’re only in turmoil because of our reaction to the treatment of Keegan and our emotional attachment to him.. Had it been anyone else we’d just be after another manager with no other consequences

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  • Midjew

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Karltoon – I do agree with you

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  • ryan

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    GUYS I THINK THESE NEW GUYS THAT WHERE BROUGHT IN ARE GREAT FOR THE CLUB NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT BUT WAT ASHLEY AND WISE WASNT RIGHT.ON THE CONTRARY I THINK KING KEV OVER REACTED.THEY SHOULD HAVE HANDLED THE MATTER LIKE GENTLEMEN.I LOVE MY CLUB AND IT HURTS ME THAT WE ARE TEARING APART AT SUCH A TIME.

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #30

    TO BE HONEST I THINK I MAY BE COMMING ROUND TO THE IDEA THAT ASHLEY MAY BE A DECENT OWNER
    IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE KEEGAN LEFT WE WERE ALL PRAISING THE BOARD ABOUT HOW WELL THEY WERE DOING REGARDING TRANSFERS AND THE LIKE
    THIS MAY NOT BE TOO BAD AFTER ALL

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Halle-friggin-lujah!!!

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  • 51times

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Karltoon – So you don’t care that our manager wasn’t able to bring in the players he wanted? That we have a load of southerners in charge who don’t give a damn about the club? Must be Spyro in disguise…

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  • Legs

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #33

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!

    LOUD NOISES!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #34

    DC Toon – we did try and sign more established players – Modric, Schweinsteiger et. Unfortunately because NUFC isn’t a very attractive proposition at the mo they told us to feck off. Not Ashley, Wise or Keegans fault tho.

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #35

    51 times i dont here you moaning about jonas guthrie collocini bassong or xisco

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  • Worjackie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Karltoon

    I agree also. Owner club and fans all want stability. This includes regular bums on seats, someone in charge of team affairs, who can inspire confidence throughout the whole club. and someone at the very top who can judge the market, both financially and football.

    Is this what we have, very nearly I think.

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  • 51times

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #37

    toooooonfan – Well my good chum, I think you’ll see that I didn’t mention anything about those players. My point was that a manager should decide who comes into the club, he shouldn’t be undermined by some southern midget who has no right to even be employed at our club.

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  • mitch

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Rumor mill in overdrive that MA met with the Indian bloke at 10 25 today and no manager will be appointed until 3 weeks whentake over complete Ihope this is true if not for us all but esp FOR HPS

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #39

    fair point but maybe keegans idea of players was not as competent as he had been out of the game for so long

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #40

    where did you hear this “rumour” mitch

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