He’s a 22 year old Spanish lad who has a 5 year contract at a reported £50K/week, and if he moves it’s clear he’ll not get anywhere near those wages – what would you do?
Xisco – wants to stay on Tyneside – that’s hardly surprising
That’s the plight Xisco finds himself in at Newcastle, and while hardly being given many chances last season, in what had had to be a tough year for any new player at Newcastle, it seems that Xisco still wants to stay on Tyneside.
That’s hardly surprising from a monetary viewpoint, but the club just cannot afford the lad, and will try to move him out, even if we lose big time on his £5.7M transfer fee from Deportivo.
But Xisco is back playing for Spain in the European Under 21 Championship, and he seems to be more than pleased to playing football again, having had little chance of that last season.
Xisco was interviewed from Gothenburg, Sweden, where Spain are preparing to play England in their next game in the tournament:
“I have nothing to prove to people in Spain,” “But I have to show Newcastle fans what I can do.”
“It has been very hard for me. I never thought my first season in the Premier League would be anything like this.”
Of course it was Xisco’s £5.7M transfer from Deportivo La Coruna last August which caused Kevin Keegan to eventually leave Newcastle – otherwise who knows where we would have ended up in the league. But it’s not much good thinking about that now, as it will only cause more heart-break for the Newcastle faithful, who have had enough of that already over the last 12 months.
The striker was scouted by Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez, who have now both left the club after less than stellar buys over the last 18 months – and we’ll leave it at that.
We should stress that it wasn’t Xisco’s fault the Newcastle club paid so much for him, and give him such a hefty wage, when he was completely untested at the highest levels of football.
And there’s no doubt the youngster has had a torrid first season, but to his credit he has been able to maintain a positive attitude, under terrible circumstances for himself and the club.
“I thought I’d made the right decision,” “‘Everyone knew Newcastle was a historic team with great fans, great players and a lot of money. No-one thought Newcastle would go down.”
“There were so many problems. At first it was like a small snowball, then the problems rolled, they got bigger and bigger. When it was time to wake up it was too late. I am sad for everyone because the Newcastle fans are amazing.”
And it seems before he left, then manager Kevin Keegan didn’t have much time for Xisco in the week or so he was still at the club once the Spanish lad arrived:
“We’d say hello, that was about it,” “When Kinnear came in, there was nothing for me,”
“On Monday morning I knew I would not be playing on Saturday. When you train well you expect a chance but there was nothing.”
“There was no communication between us. He never said you’ve trained well or you’ve trained bad or you have to be like this or that.”
“I was very angry. The most important thing is respect. I felt they didn’t care if I trained well or badly. It was, “You train for one or two hours and then go home.”
When Chris Hughton took charge in February Xisco was starting to show good form in the Reserves, but then a toe injury ruled him out for another two months, and of course two months at Newcastle is a very long time, and when he was fit again Alan Shearer was in charge and the club were locked in a dour relegation battle – which we eventually lost with less than gutsy performances.
But the Newcastle club must now offload a number of very highly paid stars – let’s just call them players – before the start of next season on August 8th, or certainly during the transfer window.
“I don’t know what I will do,” “They don’t know what they want, what will happen, who is the manager, nothing. I have to wait for a call to see if they want me or if they want me to go on loan.”
“It has been a difficult season and I don’t want to repeat it. I need to play. If I don’t play at Newcastle, then I have to find another team. I am young and two years without playing is bad for me.”
“I don’t want that. I love England and Newcastle is a nice city to live in. I was surprised because I’d heard many legends about England – about the weather, the food and that everything closes at 5pm.”
Spain’s Under 21 manager Juan Ramon Lopez Caro kept faith in Xisco and included him in his squad for the European U21 tournament in Sweden, and after a terrible first season in England the youngster has a good chance to make a name for himself once again. We really hope for him that he takes it, and shows people what he can do.
That will help both him and the Newcastle club, and a goal against England would be good for the lad, who has shown good character while on Tyneside, in extremely trying circumstances.
But Newcastle will find it difficult to move more than Xisco out, with it being hard to believe anybody will want Joey Barton, although he would be a great player to have in the Championship.
We’ll just have to see how this soap opera unfolds again, but it may be terminated rather quickly if a certain Mr. Alan (no nonsense) Shearer, one of the greatest England and Newcastle strikers ever, gets the manager’s job atNewcastle – then it could be all change for the Newcastle supporters, and we may even get some good news about the club.
Wouldn’t that be a nice change?