We’ve often wondered if 22 year-old Spaniard Xisco, who was signed on the last day of the transfer window on September 1st, when Kevin Keegan and Derek Llambias had their famous bust-up, has any future at Newcastle United.
Xisco – will he find it difficult at Newcastle?
Joe Kinnear has hardly used Xisco at all since he arrived at Newcastle, although to be fair to the youngster has had some injury problems.
Chris Hughton has spoken up for the youngster today, as he explained:
“It has not been easy for Xisco. He came here on transfer deadline day and did not have a pre-season with us.” “Really we are still finding out about him and he is still finding out about us.”
“He is still a very young player at 22, and we are hoping he will get better and better.”
Majorca-born Xisco arrived at Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna for an initial fee of £5.7M, and this is a sizable fee for a youngster. Apparently that fee can even rise to £7M if he makes a success of his career at St James’ Park.
But we already have Owen, Ameobi, Viduka, Martins, Carroll, Zamblera and Ranger as strikers at the club, so there’s a lot of competition for places, and we expect Carroll, Zamblera and Ranger to start pushing through for a first team squad place in the next season or so.
All these strikers were at Newcastle when Xisco was signed, so we hardly needed another young striker, especially when he didn’t exactly come cheaply.
We’re not sure if Xisco will make it at Newcastle, and we half expect Joe Kinnear to try to sell the lad back to Spain in January, but that would indicate his signing was a big mistake.
Xisco in fact made a decent start at Newcastle and scored on his debut against Hull City on 13th September, in our first game after Kevin Keegan resigned, and he looked more than decent in that game, and certainly enthusiastic.
The best thing is probably to keep Xisco at the club, and let the lad settle down and get over his injuries, and then we’ll have a better idea of just how good he is. His personality and temperament certainly are first class.
And with the news that Joe will not need to sell before he can buy, maybe the manager can get three top players into the squad, and we should be in much better shape at the end of January.
What do you think?