Newcastle did a couple pieces of business last Tuesday, and both were very good for the club.
Xisco – out of his nightmare at Newcastle
One was to bring in Peter Lovenkrands again, and we think this lad is just made for Newcastle, especially in the current situation we are in.
Peter knows the players form last season, and he can play striker and score goals and on either wing, positions we were short in.
And he’s just good for the squad for his personality too. It was a 3 year deal so if we do get promoted next May he’s one for the Premier league too
And we also unloaded Xisco, who has no future on Tyneside, and although it will be hard to recuperate much of the ridiculous £5.7M fee we paid to Deportivo, at least his move helps with the cash flow, and we are assuming Racing Santandar are paying his £50K/week wages.
Xisco was behind Ameobi, Carroll, Lovenkrands and the fast emerging Nile Ranger, and there was little hope that he would get many games at all this season – especially since we will be bringing in another striker – probably Marlon Harewood on Tuesday.
So it was a good deal for both parties, and Xisco will now at least get a game this season, and a chance to resurrect his career.
The Spanish U21 striker has penned a season-long deal with Racing Santander after making just 3 Premier League starts for Newcastle.
Newcastle had just one striker fit after Ameobi, Carroll and Xisco were all injured, or so we thought.
But in an unfortunate interview Xisco admits he wasn’t injured at all as he said:
“After a difficult first year in Newcastle, this year seemed it was going to be more of the same and a good time to leave.’
”I even stopped playing in the last few days to force my exit.”
“If they hadn’t accepted the loan at Santander, I would have regarded my situation at Newcastle as hopeless.”
We are always wary of people who leave the club and then rubbish it – there’s no class in that at all.
And there was no reason whatsoever for Xisco to do anything to force his way out of Newcastle – since the club didn’t want him – and even if he was officially fit, we doubt if he would have started last Monday.
His statement suggests Newcastle wanted to keep him and he had to force his way out, and while that looked better from his viewpoint, it wasn’t true and he just wasn’t good enough for Newcastle.
And he’s done damage to himself by letting everybody know his ethics is not too good, having apparently lied to Newcastle.
But from Xisco’s viewpoint, last season must have been a complete nightmare for the boy, with all the nonsense that went on, which is still ongoing, and it even forced Shay Given to look for pastures anew.
Xisco shouldn’t have made that statement, but we’re sure he was happy to leave Tyneside after last season’s nightmare, and Newcastle were likewise only too happy to unload him.
Now the question becomes how much can we get for him next summer,