Xisco – Still Time To Turn Things Around


Xisco has become the first Newcastle player to publicly admit the crisis at Newcastle United is hurting the players.

Xisco – problems at Newcastle affecting players

The young 22 year-old Spanish striker talked about the controversy surrounding the club yesterday:

“I haven’t been able to find out too much about the causes of the controversy,” “The players are kept on the fringes of all this but these are matters that do not help the team’s performances at all.”

“We will need to remain focused, play our football and try to win matches. Then we will see what happens once the situation sorts itself out.”

“Right now we just have to concentrate on getting a good string of results and nothing more.”

We don’t know too much about Xisco, 22, but he played quite well on Saturday, and still managed to score on his debut in the 2-1 defeat by Hull, which was hardly an easy game to play in.

Despite the instability at the Tyneside club, the Spanish Under-21 international says he has been treated like a god at Newcastle and remains very optimistic about the future as he continued:

“Newcastle’s team is built to compete for a place in Europe, but it is clear we have not started the season as everyone had wished,”

“However, there is still time for us to turn matters around. Last season we started well, but that did not mean anything in the end.”

“I am sure we will climb the table by working hard. There are quality players at the club. I am confident we will improve on our poor start.”

The lad looks like another good one, and he certainly has the right attitude, and it looks like he’ll get a long run in the side with Alan Smith now looking to be on the sidelines for 3 months with an Achilles injury, which seems to require an operation.

More bad news for the club this morning – when will it end?

Soon we hope.

Comments welcome.



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57 comments so far

  • Will

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Xisco > Ameobi 😛

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  • Timberhead Toon

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Will he played one game in a crap set up at a crap point in circumstances 1 game 1 goal not a bad return so far give him time then make your stupid comments.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    “Alan Smith now looking to be on the sidelines for 3 months with an Achilles injury” — there is a god 🙂 .. feel bad about the injury but this should help the team .. its better with him not there.
    Xisco .. I do like his attitude..

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  • beessi-kosovo

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Xisco for me was the best player on our last game and i think that he will be our best strike

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  • Spyro

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    After reading several comments about our young spaniard on previous articles i just get the feeling that many bloggers want him to fail in order to justify their crtitcism of Dennis Wise. I personally think he is a quality youngster and i hope he continues to develop here at the toon.

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  • Timberhead Toon

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    side for West Ham

    ————————Given———————–
    Taylor—–Coloccini——Bassong—–Edgar
    Geremi—-Gonzalez——Butt——-N’Zogbia
    —————–Xisco———–Owen————

    or drop Gonzalez for Martins and play 4-4-3

    Dont let Ameobi any where near the side.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Spyro .. give it a rest .. you still manage to turn a discussion about a player into the whoel Dennis Wise .. 3 unwise monkeys debate .. give it a rest .. support the team ..

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  • Marcus

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Ahhh bullshit as much as I can’t stand smudge no one on this club will I celebrate an injury!!!

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  • keep oba

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Well…hes scored more goals for us than Alan Smith. And more than Ameobi has in about 2 years. I say give him a good chance.

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  • Timberhead Toon

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    sorry 4-3-3

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  • Ken

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    A good start for the young lad on Saturday. It will take a couple of months for him to pick the pace of the premiership, only then will we be able to judge him.

    I don’t want him to fail just to prove Wise wrong. I am happy for all of Wise picks to succeed. The issue is not who Wise picks in the transfer maket, but who has the final say in transfer matters.

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  • Spyro

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    That’s a bit rich coming from you isn’t it

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  • sweendog

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Timberhead Toon //

    4-4-3 any day .. this worked the end of last season really well .. if Xisco can hold the ball up (a la Dukes) it’ll make for a tastey game ..

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  • Marcus

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    By the way…please GOD bring my boy Martins back, he’s much more of a terror than Owen

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  • Disheartened

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s time to stop this madness and get behind the team instead!

    Fans must know by now that their voices have been heard. Nothing good will come out from bitchin’ and moaning about things any more – there is NO NEED to add more fuel to the fire!

    Support the players and get behind the team instead. They need us more than ever now…

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  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    There is no hiding the fact that the off field issues are affecting the on field issues.

    Lets hope that the boys can turn it around on Saturday and come out fighting and take the game to the hammers.

    I call on our away fans to supports our team and not waste time slagging MA, DW and DL etc.

    Weve done that, we have more injuries and no manager.

    Time to get behind the team and I for one look forward to watching Xisco develop and give him and Gonzales 100% support.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Marcus .. if you read my statement I’m not celebrating his injury .. this was a light hearted joke into I’m glad he’s not playing at west ham .. lighten up mate.

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  • steve

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Xisco looked a lot better than either Alan Smith or Ameobi, give the guy a break – it was his first game in english football and I thought he did ok.
    He’ll need a few games to acclimatise to the pace of the game (Drogba / Henry took a season to really get going) It’s far to early to judge.

    People are willing him to fail in order they can say the strategy of Wise and co is useless – to be fair they’ve done ok so far – certainly better than some of the foreign rubbish we’ve had over the last few years (Marcelino, Luque etc etc) all of which were bought by the then managers!

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  • Macas

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    He didn’t play well against Hull but he has got time on his side, and he did score a goal. Nacho for me looked like he will be the better player, as he always looked to receive the ball and did well considering he only arrived ata the club a few hours earlier.

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  • Spyro

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Martins should be back for the game against West Ham, and possibly Beye as well. If this is the case then i would like a formation of

    ———————-Given——————–

    Beye——-Taylor——–Colo——-Basso

    ———————Geremi——————–

    Nacho—————Owen————-Zoggy

    ————–Xisco———Martins———–

    Doubt it will happen though, Butt always ends up in the squad.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Gan on Xisco lad – bout time for a bit of positivity me thinks.

    Lead from the front on Saturday lad… 2 in 2 and you’ll be well on your way to a special place in the hearts of the Geordie boot boys! 🙂

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  • Timberhead Toon

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    If Beye and Martins is back play 4-3-1-2

    ———————-Given———————
    Beye—–Taylor—-Coloccini—-Bassong
    ——Gonzalez—–Butt——N’Zogbai—–
    ——————–Owen———————–
    ——–Martins———Xisco—————-

    Bench Harper Edgar Geremi(maybe swap with Butt) Donaldson Ranger Tozer Cacapa

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    I felt Xisco did really well against Hull, his first touch was a bit heavy but he turned up in all the right places, made good decisions and won most of his headers.

    He will turn out to be a great acquisition imo.

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    He didn’t set my pulse racing but it’s fair to say he needs time to settle and it’s not the best of situations to find yourself in. Of course, it could also work in his favour by detracting from any poor displays he needs to get out of his system while everyone concentrates on the off field shenanigans. You can’t argue with a debut goal, no matter how simple, he was on hand.

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  • Fergie

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    My team for West Ham bearing in mind that Beye is still out i believe and that Edgar was piss poor against Hull:

    —————–Given—————-
    Geremi—Tayls—Colo—-Bassong
    ——————Butt—————–
    —Nacho——————N’Zogbia–
    —————–Owen——————-
    ———-Xisco——-Martins———

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  • Spyro

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #26

    I would be happy with any of those squads in truth. Hopefully Hughton is on the same page as us this time.

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  • Timberhead Toon

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Can but hope Spyro after Satda

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  • davey

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    xisco will be quality. i tell thee

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    TC – wey i man – agreed !!!

    Xisco record 1 game 1 goal

    Smith record 30 + games 0 goals

    And ans for the gangly goalaphobe – need I say more?

    Get in Xisco lad !!

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  • KK FOREVER

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    steve i play better than smith and shola so that not a compliment m8

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  • sweendog

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Fergie .. thats the best formation IMO .. hopefully beye is back to add a bit of pace or attack from right back .. but definately a good attacking formation..

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  • Fergie

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #32

    bench: Harper, Edgar, Tozer, Doninger, Duff, Ameobi, Donaldson

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #33

    Fergie – good line up that – plus I agree Edgar was bad on Saturday seemed to wander off and make stupid mistakes !

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  • Grae_NZ

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Come on lads…
    We could be on our way to Europe!
    Think what happened at Leeds when they were docked points at the start of the (not the end, mind you) – this should galvanize the squad!
    (Fingers crossed of course).
    What do you reckon the odds are?
    😉

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #35

    Is it just me or is everyone talking about stuff do with what gans on, on the pitch? Never in the world……

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  • Fergie

    Sep 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Born Again Geordie- I know, I had high hopes for Edgar but he is starting to dissapoint me. I think in games against teams like Hull, you need your fullbacks to deliver good crosses from the overlap, as otherwise they can be hard to break down with 10 men behind the ball. Unfortunately, although he got into some good positions, his crosses never beat the first man. This is where Geremi can be a weapon against West Ham. As much as some people don’t like him, he would be a good option on the right hand side and can put in some good crosses, usually for Owen to get on the end of.

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  • Macas

    Sep 17, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #37

    I dont think Hughton can be given too much stick for what happened on Saturday, the squad is non-existant! And he only played Ameobi because Nacho didnt turn up until a couple of hours before the game. Yes, he should have played Nzogbia in midfield but I think it’s harsh to be giving him too much grief considering the circumstances.

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 17, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #38

    Edgar is a centre half. You can get away with a game or two out of position but you’ll get found out eventually. I still rate him but needs more games in his strongest position.

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  • Fergie

    Sep 17, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #39

    bowburnmag- true, unfortunately for him though, he aint gonna get any games at centre half unless there is an injury or suspension. But i’d still expect him to be able to at least get his crosses off the ground!

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 17, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #40

    Fergie – that’s exactly where he gets found out though for the very reasoned I mentioned. Tackling and passing, fine. Crossing is the weakest part of his game which doesn’t come naturally to him and he clearly hasn’t been practicing or been told to. Just as, on the reverse, Zogs will get past people from full-back and whip a ball in but can’t tackle for toffee. Which is why neither make great full-backs. Given the chance, I see Edgar as being as good if not a better option than Taylor, depending on who his partner is.

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