Xisco Should Be Given Toon Chance

There’s not much news coming out of the Newcastle club today.  What a shock, eh?  With all the uncertainty about the future of players who fans are desperate to rid the club of and players fans are dying to have stay, we’ll spend a little time on one of those players who fits in to either category.


Xisco – in better days, when he saw the pitch

One player that does have his supporters on Tyneside is the Spaniard Xisco. He definitely can make the claim that he has not been given a chance at Newcastle, which many of his defenders will point out. However, he is a controversial figure since his £5.7M move from Deportiva on the closing day of the transfer window last summer.

There is much speculation that his transfer was engineered behind Kevin Keegan’s back and led to his departure.   None of this is the fault of this young player who, despite not performing on the pitch in his 5 appearances, has shown quite a bit of character.

His detractors will claim that he only wants to stay at Newcastle because of his wages, though it is not confirmed as to what they are.  Xisco could well thrive under Alan Shearer if given the opportunity to learn his craft though he will have to climb up the striker pecking order where right now he is buried.

The truth is that no one knows what type of player Xisco can become. He could well be the flop that he seems, or maybe with a little confidence he can contribute to this club.

I don’t believe Xisco will be offloaded this summer but rather loaned out, which do to high wages, is going to be the fate of many of our under performing players. 

Let us know if you think Xisco still has a future at this club.

35 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    having watched hm in the euro under 21s.

    id give him a chance……to eff off back to spain


    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    If the story continious like this, we will HAVE to play him, becouse we miss out on all of our targets…

    …well, still hope this mess could get sorted out when shearer is appointed 1st of july! Please!

  • ginkoh

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    He will be the gem if we can guide him and best environment. But because of our stupid situation I can’t see He can develope himself as a player here.

  • Tatsy

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4

    He is supposedly on £60k a week – we need to get rid…ASAP!

  • Ericles

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #5

    A what to do for the best situation. If Shearer eventually gets the job it is his decision. How well is Al acquainted with Xisco? Me? I am going with Alan Shearer (if it becomes up to him) on this one – who better to decide whether a striker is any good or not?

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Hasnt been given a chance and he fully deserves one, certainly better than Ameobi, Smith and Carroll.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    no way is xisco better than carroll though id agree with the other two

  • waddler

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    He must have something, he would not be in the spanish under 21 team if he lacked promise, for this reason l would see haw he goes with the other kids about to be blooded, then review at christmas…

  • batty

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    even the mighty jokenear didnt rate him so he cant be that good

  • monkeymagic

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    So Xisco gets a chance now?

    Has it come to the point that there is so little to post that the witch hunt has ended?

    Has he been a flop in his first team ‘appearances’?

    As usual the mighty ‘faithful’ judge and witch hunt a player out of the club thats barely seen the light of day.

    The collocini bashing is the best, Colo aint crap, were crap. He’ll go elsewhere and do great, funny how many people knew nothing about him when he signed, anyone who did knows that it was a massive piece of working getting him as he was/is/will be top class.

    Anyone remember Evra’s first season? now would you expect him to be out of a Utd first team? didnt think so.

  • Mark-o

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    I read this Blog daily and am mostly impressed with the articles. However the repetition of some stories is starting to get tedious especially those about the uncertainty of our future.

    And this artice about Xisco… the amount of times Ed has said we should be getting rid of him ASAP is into double figures. Glad to see Neil talking sense. The kid hasnt had a sniff and was still picked in the under-21 squad.

    Plus no-one will be in or out until the club is sold. Who would buy a buisness at full asking price when the current owner is trying to strip it of its assets? Think about it guys.

    Its like trying to sell a shop with no stock or a car with no tax or MOT, you’ll never get full asking price.

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    TBH, although he does deserve a chance, I think he’d get chewed up and spat out in the Championship. I’d sooner play Carroll and Ranger. Without trying to be too optimistic we’re bound to sign another striker anyway when we get taken over, and dare I say it, managed! Too difficult to call for now, still being in limbo. Ideally we’d not need to play him coz we’d sign someone better anyway, but judging by his fleeting appearances in the U21s he don’t look too special to me.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #13

    xisco is woeful!!!!!!

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    I always trust the fans who watch players week-in-week-out and the Depor fans were gutted when he left on the most part.

    I’ve never been convinced when I’ve seen him play but he’s put in some decent performances for the reserves and did well for La Coruna and Vecindario when he was in Spain so perhaps we shouldn’t judge him too quickly.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #15


    you say people hadnt of coloccini, when we signed him??? are you kidding???

    he is one of the most known argies in the world!

    he is woeful aswell, but i agree with you it wouldnt help playing in our team

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #16

    if xisco was that good depor would of demanded a bigger fee like they did with their ”stars” luque and coloccini!

  • monkeymagic

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Ryan Toon – you’d be supprised how many know very little, its only the minority that generally are half clued up on players knocking around europe and international football.

    The majority base their judgement on hearing a rumour we might sign a player and running straight to wikipedia, and base their judgement on that.

    He was one of the highly rated defenders in europe when we signed him, i think people forget the begining of the season when he looked top notch, and as more sh!t flew through the season, the worse and worse he got.

    I feel sorry for lad, he should of looked at the past record of highly rated players careers weve wrecked.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #18

    At the end of the day – there is no one else to do it! FACT (sorry couldnt resist that) 🙂


  • Stuart79

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #19

    De Ja Vu!

    The club will still be for sale in a months time and we are going to be up the creek without a boat let alone a paddle!

    I wouldn’t bet against relegation this season!

  • Whumpie

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #20

    How the hell does anyone on here know if Xisco “deserves a chance” or not? Do you get to watch him in training or something?

    Only the managers know, and it’s not based on what everyone saw on Match of the Day. It’s based on attitude, effort and performance in training.

    From what I can gather (and admittedly that’s not much) this guy is another Luque. I’ve heard (unsubstantiated, but it adds up) that he even refused to play in the reserves, hence his exclusion by all – that’s ALL the managers he’s “worked” under.

    I’m sure he’s a talented lad – as is/was Luque…. just not in England, where he’s too worried about his hair, or summat.

    Besides, this is all academic: he’s got to go. Canna aford the likes of him in the fizzy.

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Whumpie, Ameobi played many a game for us …”based on attitude, effort and performance in training” – but that didn’t stand for much when it mattered.

    All I meant by “deserve” was the fact that he’d been bought from a good club, for a pretty penny, and left out of the team for a whole season. This doesn’t normally happen, and he has been hard done by. I’m not defending Xisco though, it’d be water off a duck’s back for me if he left.

    Also, I’m not sure how him managing to injure himself in a reserve game falls into your “even refused to play in the reserves” theory.

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #22

    The ball is in his court, he can happily wait for his paycheck every month or he can work hard in training to proof himself worthy of a place in first-team.

  • flyingmag

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #23

    what an idiot this guy is who runs this site what a pratt.

  • DJG

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #24

    From what i’ve seen of Xisco ( in competitive premier leauge reserve matches not in training) he has more than enough pace and control to be a good championship striker.

    Why get rid of him? We will not get back anywhere near what we paid for him. Next season if he shakes of these injuries I believe he will be banging in goals left, right and centre. Who better to coach him than Alan Shearer?

  • simon376

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #25

    I agree Xisco hasn’t been given much of a chance, but as has been said, the managers and coaches who see him everyday in training don’t think he’s worth it. And lets face it, we’ve had a few this season who have seen him and other players train, and not given their chance.

    I don’t rate Joe K that much as a manager nor the others we have had and Shearer is knew in the job, but al of them know a lot more than me when it comes to football. I think we should back what they say/do when it comes to not playing certain players who even when they have played, don’t look up to much.

  • DJG

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #26

    How can people judge a player on one season where he has either been injured or not given a chance. The guy has a better goals per game record in the Spanish U-21 team than Fernando Torres, which is why he still get picked. The people saying he was dropped by all the managers, only dinasour Kinnear did’nt pick him when fit, im pretty sure the rest of the time he was injured or returning from injury.

    Now that Owen, Viduka and no doubt Martins have left when fully fit he is hardly gonna be down the pecking order is he!

    All im saying is NEVER judge a player on 1 season. Bassong could go to Arsenal, totally buckle under the pressure and look like a £1.5M defender again.

  • workyticket

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #27

    DJG // Jun 29, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    “Who better to coach him than Alan Shearer?”

    DJG, Shearer isn’t our manager anymore. Neither Xisco or anyone else knows who the next manager will be until the new owners arrive.

  • DJG

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Yes but both the new owners in the running have said they want shearer. Hughton is just a stop gap.

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #29

    That’s true DJG!..

  • workyticket

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #30

    DJG // Jun 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    “Yes but both the new owners in the running have said they want shearer. Hughton is just a stop gap.”

    DJG, we don’t have any new owners yet. As for prospective ones, do you have a direct quote on that from one of the parties concerned? Or was it just a “source” in a newspaper?

  • workyticket

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #31


    One of the prospective buyers who said that he wanted to return Shearer as manager was a penniless Mackem WUM, and the other has since distanced themselves from statements allegedly made by an “inside source” in the press.

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #32

    i’ve a ‘source’ worky!..

  • Sav

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #33

    If this was anything other than football and this was anywhere other than Newcastle, Fraud Squad would be called in to see why any business would fork out 6 million on an unknown asset who’s not exactly what it says on the tin.

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Nee takers?..

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #35



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