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