Young Xisco Likely To Be Moved Out This Summer


Dennis Wise has been responsible for bringing some good players to Newcastle, including Coloccini, Gutierrez, Bassong and a bunch of top class youngsters.

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Xisco – still hopes to do well at Newcastle

But he’s also brought in a few players which have been anything but bargains, and one of those seems to have been 22 year-old Spanish Under-21 International striker Xisco.

The understanding is that when Xisco was signed on the last day of the transfer window, it was apparently against Keegan’s wishes, and that was the event that tipped Keegan into leaving the Newcastle club. And of course all hell broke loose at the club and amongst the supporters.

So it was never good for young Xisco to come to Newcastle at that time and under those circumstances. And he hasn’t seemed to make any real headway at the club, although he’s looked fairly decent when he’s played in the first team.

Xisco has made just seven first-team appearances for Newcastle this season – and its’ more than likely he will be shipped out in the summer.

But Xisco has always seems a decent lad, and seems that he is finally coming to terms which his new surroundings aYoung t Newcastle.

Xisco said today:

“Everybody told me this change [of leagues] would be beneficial to me, but, as I almost never play, I haven’t been able to find out,”

“But I have experienced worse situations. No pain, no gain. I believe I will succeed in England. Besides, you learn a lot from such a situation.”

Good attitude by the youngster, and it’s true he hardly ever plays, as he usually been stuck on the first team bench rather anonymously is seasonth, and he’s also been injured a great deal.

Derek Llambias has said he was one for the future, but at 22 years old, he should have immediately been pressing for the first team, much like Danny Guthrie and Bassong have both done in their first season.

But there are signs recently that the lad is starting to settle down and play well and he looked good for the Newcastle Reserves lately when he scored two in our 5-0 hammering of Wigan Athletic.

But unfortunately, towards the end of that game his luck didn’t hold and he’s out for around 3 weeks with a broken toe.

Xisco continued:

“I have broken my big toe and I’m out for four weeks. My injury is a blow because the manager started to count on me.”

One thing Xisco is fighting against is we have a lot of strikers at the club right now, with Obafemi Martins, Andy Carroll, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Peter Løvenkrands, Shola Ameobi and Alan Smith all fighting it out for one of the striker positions, so it’s unlikely Xisco will get a break though anytime soon on Tyneside.

We look to the youngster being shipped back to Spain in the summer, and would also expect Viduka, Smith and Owen not to be with us come next September.

There’s an outside chance with Michael that he may stay, but it’s got to be Michael who makes that decision. If Owen does move on, we seem to have a ready-made captain in newcomer Kevin Nolan.

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47 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    im going to bolton on 1st march

    if youve been there before, whats the car parking like?

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    RyanToon – It’s decent mate. Even if you can’t get parked near the stadium there’s a large shopping complex called Middlebrook so you should be fine.

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  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Car parking is good but it takes you an age to get out from there

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    I think the ship em off angle is a bit harsh.

    The lad has not really had the chance to get used to the league or even a full 90 in a prem league.

    With Ameobi, MO, Dukes and Oba and now Loven, he’s not exactly high on the pecking order and never will be.

    Danny Guthrie and Bassong got first places as we had no one else in those positions and we have been top heavy in the strikers department for ages.

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  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Watch it on Setanta instead !!! lol

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  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    toon graeme,

    Owen and the duke will be off in the summer therfore I think we will need and extra striker and i agree with you the lad has not been given a chance.

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  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    where are the spuds fans who normally come on here ? Have they all been barred at long last ?

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  • babelfish

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    I expect this lad will turn out to be another Jon Dahl Tomasson, comes to Toon at the wrong time but goes on to be a pretty decent player, playing at a high level in another country.

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Club

    Thay took a sneaky peak at the league table and realised they really look daft trying to take the p1ss out of a club above them in the league.. 😉

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Im gonna use the old cliche – rome wasnt built in a day and even Fergie’s recent comments echo that for success require long term planning.

    We need to allow more time, not just flog on at the first oportunity. We as the toon army need some degree of patience.

    Anyone watch man u spank Fulham? We even got a mention by the div that is Martin Tyler about how we had the ordacity to draw 1-1 at old trafford on day one!! Roll on march 4th

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 19, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Toon Graeme – not for the first time you’ve said something I totally agree with.

    We need to be patient at the moment. The guy hasn’t even had a chance.

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  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    looney toon,

    Good point and long may it continue 🙂

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  • Matt

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Have you actually read any of the information coming from the club about Xisco? He’s one for the future they keep saying, why on earth would they ship him out?

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    We will never get back anywere near the money we paid for him if he´s sold. So let him stay and give him a fair chance. Wise has done some good signings before and I dont belive this one should be any diffrent.

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    We never develop players to their full potential at this club. Imagine Lua Lua if he had been at Arsenal or West Ham’s academy, he would be a much better player than he is now and on par with Wilshere or Collison.

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  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    toon graeme,

    Re : Manure v Fulham

    The funniest thing was I heard an interview with Roy Hodgeson before the game and he said ‘wouldn’t it be funny if the team with the worst goal scoring record could put 4 or 5 past the team with the best defensive record?’

    No Roy – That would be a f**king miracle sonner !!! 😀

    Nearly wet me sel laughing !! ;D

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Keep Xisco and ditch Carroll if the lad is being a brat about wages.

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  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    lets all have a Xisco

    lets all have a Xisco

    lets all have a Xisco

    lets all have a Xisco

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    At least he has the good attitude and commitment even in his bad situation. He should get the chance but Viduka Lovenkrand Martins Owen Carroll even Amoebi and Smith fight for the place. It’s very hard to him to break through to first team now but next season if he still here and improve to be proper player, Who know ?

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  • Nick 69

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    i know he hasnt played many games and hasnt been given much of a chance but imo he has shown absolutely nothing to suggest he has the qualities of a good prem player, no pace, no strength, and hasnt got the fight for the prem

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  • Nick 69

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21

    dragonera- caroll will be on about a 10th of the wages xisco is on and has looked a much better player, with xisco costing 5.7m im sure his wages wud reflect that and therefore be on at least 20k per week and id bet caroll is on 1-2k at most atm

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    I did hear that it was Xisco’s attitude that was the problem. He didn’t want to step up to the pace of training or play in the premiership and refused to play in the reserves. Of course, that could be lobbox, but it would explain a lot, wouldn’t it?

    If that is true then his recent change of heart must be due to the threat of being sold off, and of course his likely next employer is hardly going to be Real Madrid, is it?

    I don’t think he’ll be sold; we’d lose too much on him, and with so many other strikers leaving I think they’ll judge him on the rest of this season and hope they can get the best out of him next year. And I reckon it’ll work.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #23

    Dont judge youngsters in just one season were he hasnt hardly been played. Give him next season to show what he can do.

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  • Ericles

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #24

    I would still give him a chance even if it is to find out the truth of his situation. Smith and Viduka can ship out soon as, and we know Owen is go(wen) too.
    There still seems no progress on MO and a new contract. As far as I am concerned he is now biding his time until he goes on a free and picks up a fat signing on fee elsewhere. How about Wigan Owen? They are supposed to be a bigger club than NUFC according to some other “experienced” players!.

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    I don’t think it is fair to compare Xisco with Carroll yet. One has just entered the country and the other has grown up in the area. .Xisco’s performances for Deportivo prove the lad has talent and he just needs time to adapt, like most arrivals from La Liga.

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Viduka, Smith and Owen out in the summer and i will be happy. That is around 250k gone off of the weekly wages.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Yep, I think we should keep him now he’s showing the will to get on with it. We need another biggun in the armoury, and he’s a solid lad.

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  • Nick 69

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #28

    but the thing with other arrivals from la liga, you can see parts of their game that will make them a succes in the premiership and i just do not see any part of xiscos game that suits the style of the premiership and just cannot see him being a success althought i hope to be proved wrong

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Nick 69

    He works hard and has good movement and positioning. He “thinks like a striker”, so to speak. What has been poor so far from Xisco is his first touch and shooting. However, both those elements of his game were fine when he was in Spain, which leads me to believe his problem is solely down to confidence. I personally want to see him given a chance beyond summer.

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  • Stardust

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #30

    My God Nick – you must have seen him playing loads this year to come out with sweeping statements like that – NOT lol

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #31

    cheers people!

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #32

    Dragonera….

    You have hit the nail on the head there fella re confidence….once he scored his 1st in the reserves last week, you could visibly see him grow in confidence….he wanted the ball, and his second was a peach of an effort….low hard cross, his 1st touch to control it killed the ball dead, his 2nd, smashed the ball straight into the bottom corner….if that had been by one of the academy lads, I would be now sitting here saying he should be given a chance in the 1st team….

    His time will come…his attitude seems spot on….He is also very good in the air…something he gets little credit for…..few starts, goals will follow and he will be off and running…..he needs our support…young lad who is new to this country…..obviously up for the challenge….

    bring it on sonna….we would love you to do well

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    It’s been stated recently that this kid was bought for the future, so I highly doubt he will be off. He needs to be given a shot and a manager is required for the sake of the young talent we have at our club to be willing to give these kids a chance.

    Nick the boy was the best player on the park against Hull in the replay, He is quick and strong, are these not traits that will bode well for a premiership striker?

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  • DJG

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #34

    Where are you getting this story from ed? We are likely to loose Owen and Viduka in the summer so I doubt the club will go out of their way to sell a fairly skilled ( albiet lazy) spanish U-21 international striker. Plus I dont know what his wages are but they are much lower than Owens and probably half of Vidukas.

    Once Owen and Viduka leave he will have significantly moved up the pecking order trust me.

    I saw Xisco in the 5-0 reserve game and he didnt want to know for the first 60 minutes. Then he suddenly turned it on and got 2 should have had 3. Could have had 5. He beat a winger down the left for pace and had a terrific first touch and close control.

    Remember Ed effort can change but a player will always be gifted.

    Verdict. Keep him for the remainder of his contract. What have we got to loose?

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  • waddler

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Owen and Viduka will leave along with Cacapa and one or two other high earners, Carol and Xisco will stay and develop until they are squad players or better.

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  • babelfish

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #36

    What sometimes seems to be overlooked with Xisco and Enrique, is that although they have been bought as 1st teamers/fringe of 1st team, they are still just young lads moving away from their native country, with a new language and culture to learn. Can’t be easy for them to adjust. I know at 22 I would have struggled moving to spain to work and learn the language and culture.
    I hope these two lads help each other along and become important members of our squad for seasons to come.

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  • DJG

    Feb 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Nick 69 // Feb 19, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    ”imo he has shown absolutely nothing to suggest he has the qualities of a good prem player, no pace, no strength, and hasnt got the fight for the prem caroll will be on about a 10th of the wages xisco is on and has looked a much better player, with xisco costing 5.7m im sure his wages wud reflect that and therefore be on at least 20k per week and id bet caroll is on 1-2k at most atm”

    Sorry mate but I don’t agree with any of that. Firstly the reason Xisco is on more money than Carroll is because he has played 3 seasons in the Spanish top division and scored 12 la Liga goals.
    Carroll has only 4-5 first team games and is an acadamy product. IMO Carroll looks too lightweight and has no pace or strength. His touch around the box is average at best and he has an absolutely shocking range of passing. Carroll is by no stretch of the imagination the ‘finished article’. Whereas I could see Xisco playing 5 games and then be up and running. How can you say that when he has NEVER been given a run of games. Xisco is far more inteligent around the box than Carroll man. Carroll is a sunday pub team player. ha

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  • DJG

    Feb 19, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #38

    http://www.deportivo-la-coruna.com/squad/xisco.html

    He will be a good player if given the chance.

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  • magpies1

    Feb 19, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #39

    it annoys me so much that this club just ruins good promising players, how many players have come here with big potential then we runin them with the off field antics and injuries which there must be something wrong with our physios, training ground or something.

    And players we dont even give a chance, luque, xisco and even the youngsters.

    I just hope its going to be different with xisco maybe they have brought him in the adapt to english football for when we get rid of smith viduka and owen.

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  • Macas35

    Feb 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #40

    DJG – surely you’re slagging Carroll off for the same reasons Xisco is getting slagged off for. Neither player has played many games for us yet.

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