Spanish Striker Xisco Bought For The Future

Derek Llambias has told the Newcastle Journal this morning that our 22 year-old striker Xisco, is one for the future.


Xisco – 22 year-old Spanish U21 striker

Derek Llambias told The Newcastle Journal today:

“Xisco was not bought for this season. He was bought in to come in over the next year or so.”

“He’s 21 and in the next couple of years he will try to get in our first team. I don’t have an assessment of him, he’s played a couple of times for our first team.”

“He’s scored one goal when it came off the post and he just fell on it, he was in the right place at the right time and we aren’t going to moan about that.”

“I know it’s a big lump of money to pay for the future, but we saw that as a big investment for the future.”

Maybe it’s Joe Kinnear who doesn’t fancy the player, but Xisco seems to be way down the pecking order at Newcastle.

While he is young, local lad Andy Carroll is even younger, and Andy has played well recently in the first team, and cost us nothing.  Xisco is 22 and not 21 as Derek says, since he was born in June, 1986 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

But in truth Xisco has to be given a bit of time, and a few games, although it seemed Joe was only too willing to sell him in January.

Whether he will still be here come September is anyone’s guess.

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • workyticket

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    “Maybe it’s Joe Kinnear who doesn’t fancy the player, but Xisco seems to be way down the pecking order at Newcastle.”

    He wasn’t very fit when he got here, Kinnear was concerned about that. It’s been a long time though.

  • edwincjx

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2


    dont sell andy please

    we need him!

  • Ben_BKK

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought he was 22… did Llambias get his age wrong? lol

  • Matt

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Please stop with the whole 1st thing, it’s rubbish and you wern’t even first.

    Xisco has potential, he will get there. Same as Carrol. You bare in mind Oba is still fairly young and with one of the other pacey strikers we’ve got coming up Zamblera etc we’ve got a good couple of front pairings.

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Do we actually know whether we REALLY tried to sell him? Or is it another case of where we supposedly did, just like we supposedly tried to sell Oba to Spurs, and supposedly were signing Donadel?

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    @Matt – Zamblera is neither pacey nor is he a Newcastle player!!!

  • M.Stockley

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    for me, sorting out carroll’s contract is priorty…. then pulp the sqaud in the summer and bring in new players by which time big andy is signed up!

  • Macas35

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Damage limitation after they signed a player that hasn’t really shown anything so far. Yes he hasn’t been given much game time, but there must be a reason for that, and he musn’t be doing the business in training.

  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    The guys scored on his debut…..put the ball away in the reserves twice…clearly he’s not disasterously bad.

    Can his finishing really be any worse than ameobis ?

    Hes barely had a chance to do anything, dont give me “oh if theyre not playing him he mustnt be good in training”

    This is newcastle we’re talking about, a team who makes subs in the 92nd minute to waste time when we’re already losing

  • dougnufc

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    His finishing is 19 on Football Manger and Torres is 18?

  • riquelminho

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Nice to hear that we are not going to sell him in the summer.. I am very happy with that..

  • riquelminho

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    When Xisco will be fully fit and after a lots of trainings he will be very good player.. he works hard and finish well on his age..

    Happy to see such young and talented Forwards in NUFC..

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Time and patience is what we need.

    On Monday when he scored – he raised his game and was immediately better.

    If anything he needs a boost of confidence and some crowd support.

    Reacted well to our chants on Monday.

    Oooh look at the snow falling in Newcastle!

  • bennytoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    sirjasontoon- Just an observation but it appears to me that you never say anything positive on this blog. This could be forgiven if you made witty posts but you dont do that either.

    I have come to the conclusion that you are a sunderland supporter trying to stir up trouble. I have looked through your last 100 posts and they have all been negative. you are a cancer on this blog!

    Good day

  • Girth

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    cannot wait to see him next season, will obviously get a run of games, yeah i know, right now he needs to work on aspects of his game, but after that i see him as the top, hold up man of a front three, like Heskey is good at with Agbon and Young around him!!
    People who slag the lad off now are quite simply….nobs!

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    The problem we have is that we expect immediate results on every player we sign. In some cases it will take time to get into our game and he is only 22.

    He doesnt look the fittest I must say. So thats maybe why he is down on the pecking order.

    Who knows.

  • waddler

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Xisco may or may not become a top player but the intention of buying young talent is absolutely correct.
    He can’t be on high wages and needs time to adapt to the area, the weather, the English game and be allowed to develop his game without being pressured by the fans.
    The club at long last have decided to invest in youth and will not sanction wow buys, they should accelerate purchasing top young talent, if they do and they are allowed to develop with the fans total support, the club will have found the key to unlock the clubs potential.

  • Macas35

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    The lad can only be assessed on how he has played so far, which is poorly. But hopefully he will get better.

  • Davies

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Haven’t seen enough of him to make a judgement. He should be getting more time on the pitch. Chuck him in the hole between Oba and Carroll. It got Owen scoring again.

  • english yeoman

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    The lad is 22 years old and in a foreign country – he comes from Palma De Mallorca and has spent his life in the sun, playing with palm trees for goal posts.

    Take a look out the window at the snow and think for a minute that maybe, just mabe he needs a little time to settle and adjust to the English climate, way of life and the English game…

    You ever tried playing football in Spain (on your hols – not as a pro!) It completley Vidooks you…

    Give the lad a chance and shall I say it in front of Toon fans??? TIME! Imaginge if we gave him that! Unheard of but just imagine………….

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Deportivo thought and still think of Xisco extremely highly. He’s the only the 2nd player apart from some guy in the 90’s who has come through the ranks and scored mroe than 10 league goals for the club!!!

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    @BennyToon – I have noticed that as well Benny. But you tend to get doom mongering negativity from certain people anyway, it’s just the way they are really. It is a common trait in women though, if any others on here have another half, then i’m sure they’ll agree!!!

  • Macas35

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #23

    If you read the comments on Xisco from Deportivo fans, while some of them rated him highly, there were a lot of comments saying that he basically wasnt that good and how they couldn’t believe we had payed that much for him. Only time will tell.

  • stevep

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Owen and Viduka will be gone in the summer, Zamblera is already out on loan to some Italian club. That leaves us with Oba, Carroll, Ameobi and Xisco.
    Ameobi just isn’t going to improve, Oba will def be off if we get relegated so we’re going to need someone who can come in (I refuse to mention Smith as a striker!)

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #25

    @Macas35 – That would be the same about most players. I remember Ronaldo’s 1st season at united, and at the end of that season, alot of Manure fans were talking about selling him and replacing him with someone better!! Look at how that turned out!!!

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #26

    @Stevep – I reckon Martins will be off in the summer to be honest. He won’t sign another deal to get rid of his £13m clause. Even though he’s class and we need him right now, if we got the chance to sign a better allround striker, i’d take it.

    I read somewhere that we are in a straight battle with Spurs for Gignac of Toulouse. He’s been class for them this season!

  • Sav

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Best laugh for today “Chris Hughton was the recipient of mixed news on his first day back in the Toon hotseat.”

    Sorry, but that does not qualify as mixed news.
    Its great news.

  • Stardust

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #28

    Just as an aside folks – and I state this only because of what has been stated to date by Ashley and the club has now shown beyond all doubt to be true.

    Yesterday they stated 8mill from Jan and 4mill stage payments for Milner will be available for transfers PLUS what Mike might want to chip in.

    Llambias then stated that the club had lost 34mill last year, 20 this year and would lose 7 next (at current trading levels) as we know the 20mill loss was for the 07-08 financial year so the 7mill is for the 08-09 – so there could be up to 13mill from Ashley.

    So across all signings we might have a budget of 25mill or so all season. I for one think that our recruitment team can do a lot of good with that – providing they can off load FFS high earning freeloaders off the wagebill first.


    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    If Joe or the next manager wants to sell him will he be allowed to?

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #30

    If he was bought for the future then why has he not been in the reserves much?

    This would build his confidence and give him experience in British style football.

    If hes not being played at this level is that due to the lads attitude?
    I dont know but we spent a lot of money on a promising Spaniard, so lets treat him right and take our time, not expecting him to turn up trees every game.

    You never know we may have another star on our hands!


    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #31

    I would love to know how the club have reduced the loss by 13m-especially as the income will have gone down and the wages are probably still 70m+.

  • Stardust

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #32

    I think he will be here next year – Xisco now obviously forms the crux of the KK walk out.

    The club claiming he was one for the furture, and KK obviously wanting that money spent for first teamers.

    Small difference if egio’s werent involved. Its probably why he hasnt had a run out this year – the club are making it clear he was “one for the furture” leaving KK high and dry in court. Time will tell.


    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #33

    The dispute between Wise and Keegan was surely along the lines of Wise having 5.6m to spend and spending it on a kid for the future and Keegan feeling we desperately needed a full back now.


    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #34

    It doesnt leave KK high and dry in court when Wise foolishly admitted in public that KK had the final say on transfers-unless the final say was only if the players were of a certain age,wage and cost.

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    @Stardust – My calculations are in line with yours also. I felt that we’d have money to spend eventually, but I wasn’t sure whether this summer would be that time!!!

  • Stardust

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    I think itll be spread Kash, topped up by outgoing players, whatever we can get for them, IF that amount is made available to this team, this club is in its strongest position EVER.

    In FFS (spit) regime – as the club was robbed and raped, the average net “spend” (or should i say loaned!) on transfers was only 10million a year!

    The Mob never stop and think – Ashley has done far more good (financially) than any man in the history of Newcastle for Newcastle. And he has invested far more a season in players that the previous regimes. I see the facts for what they are – facts.

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #37

    @Stardust – I had seen the accounts while FFS was in charge, being a man of finance as well, I was was fully aware of the state the club were in.

    I think with £25m in transfer spend and removing Owen, Smith, Cacapa, Viduka, Geremi and Duff will reomve nearly £20m from the £70m wage bill, will secure us financially and allow us to bring some decent players in!

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38

    Things are looking up, but my concerns still lie with the coaching and management structure. I still feel that we don’t have a footballing chairman, as Llambias is effectively Stadium Manager. And I don’t feel that our coaches are of the quality required to help bring through the youngsters!!!

  • Stardust

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #39

    Yeah Kash – but the players out are balanced by new wages in, and if they arent offloaded they remain on thebooks, so I expect transfer fees out to balance off the Wage in Wage remain Wage Out scenario – hopefully anyway.

  • coxonfamily

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #40

    doug nufc i hate to tell you but football manager is a game and this isnt


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