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.