22 year-old Spanish striker Xisco has today given a long interview to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, and the youngster says some surprisingly positive things about both the Newcastle area and playing for Newcastle.
Xisco – just wants to play for Newcastle
And Xisco seems surprisingly upbeat about his time at Newcastle, even though it has been blighted with various injuries, and he has not been given too mnay chances in the first team, but that hasn’t stopped the lad from still wanting to be a success on Tyneside.
“I came here to be a success in the Premier League, and do well for what I still see as a big club.”
“I have not been too lucky. I have not had a chance when I have been fit, and then when I had a chance I became injured.”
“That is football – it is my job. I had a groin injury, and I have had problems with my hamstring. Then came the broken toe.”
And just when the lad seemed to be coming into form with a couple of good goals in a Reserves game recently, he damaged his big toe, which turned out to be broken.
“When I came off the pitch my toe was inflamed and then I discovered the next day it was broken.”
“At this moment, the manager has not given me any chances to play, and I have to respect that and keeping working. I have to wait for an opportunity.”
“I want to play every game, but it is true every player wants to play in the big games against big teams.” “I am not thinking about these games – I am just thinking about recuperating my toe. I want it to get better as soon as possible.”
“It is not my decision. I work and train every day for every chance.” “Then the manager has the choice.” “I work hard in training every day to earn some chances, but it is the decision of the manager.”
It also appears that Xisco really wants to win over the Newcastle United supporters, and reproduce the form which saw him catch the eye with Depor in La Liga.
But he will need to be given a chance before he can do that, and there have not been too many chances for the young Spaniard to shine, well not yet anyway.
The Palma-born 22-year-old added:
“I have not played too much, and I am still desperate to show my best football.” “It is not easy when you are not playing, but it is OK. I have to work more, and then wait for one chance.”
“From the first week here I have felt comfortable with this football, and I hope we will get better in the following weeks, months and years.” “You have to feel fit to feel good, and I have been injured.”
“I have not been 100 per cent, and there has been no continuity.” “It is no good for me, and nobody wants to be injured.”
“I am happy with the people, the city, the supporters and the team – everything here. It is OK.” “My life is fantastic – I do not have any problems. I just want to play football for Newcastle.”
There’s certainly nothing wrong at all with this youngster’s attitude, and as Derek Llambias said recently, he’s one for the future, so patience could be a virtue with this particular youngster. And it’s always good when a player comes out with praise for both the Newcastle area and the club, especially since this lad has hardly been given much of a chance this season.
I was also blasted recently by both readers, and privately by my son Neil, for even suggesting that we will sell this lad in the summer.
So he’s probably got more support than he thinks at the club, and like any player, especially with our youngsters, we hope this lad does well, and proves me wrong.
It wouldn’t be the first time, as regular readers will no doubt attest to. 😀