Chris Hughton has revealed this morning that one of the jobs he is working on right now is to fix up 23 year-old Spanish player Xisco at another club, hopefully Racing Santandar.
Xisco – on his way out of Newcastle
Xisco is a problem that Newcastle created for themselves when they bought the then 22 year-old from Deportivo for £5.7M in August, 2008, and then found out fairly quickly he wouldn’t make the grade at Newcastle.
This is not to criticize Xisco himself, since he’s always come across as trying to be a success at the Newcastle club, but it looked like he just couldn’t hack it in the Premiership. He also had quite a few injuries in his his one season on Tyneside, which didn’t help things.
Xisco’s transfer also started a terrible chapter in Newcastle’s history, as it turned out Dennis Wise had signed Xisco and loanee Gonzalez on the last day of the transfer window in August, 2008, without manager Kevin Keegan’s knowledge – and we all know what happened next.
My arm just start to hurt me again. 😀
That saga was the beginning of Newcastle eventually being relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever.
Hughton will seek talks with Primera Liga club Racing Santander to see if he can secure a permanent transfer for Xisco.
Xisco was on loan last season and played 23 games with 3 goals for the Spanish side, who beat Sporting Gijon 2-0 in their final league game of the season to finish 5th bottom and 3 points above the drop zone. That was good news for Newcastle because it was unlikely they would be able to sign Xisco if they had been relegated.
But Chris will still have a couple of problems in moving Xisco.
The first is that Newcastle will get very little for the Spanish U21 player and that will signal almost a £6M loss on the player in two years.
And Xisco was also on a staggering £50K/week at Newcastle and the 23 year-old will need to take a significant wage cut once he leaves Newcastle.
It appears like Xisco himself has indicated a desire to stay in Santander next season – but Newcastle manager Hughton will be hoping he will sign permanently for the Spanish club, and his wages will be off the books at the Tyneside club.
Hughton talked about Xisco today:
“He’s our player again now because the Spanish season has finished but Xisco has shown his desire to go back to Spain on a permanent basis,”
“I think he’d like to stay at Racing Santander, and I think that is understandable because it hasn’t really worked for him here.”
“It is something we will now have to work on. We’ve not heard anything from Racing Santander yet about whether they want to keep him, but we obviously have to look for a solution now and we’ll be contacting them.”
“We will talk to Xisco and Racing Santander and look at the options that we have but if nothing is sorted out, then he will return to us for pre-season.”
“We intend to do everything right and we will expect him back if for whatever reason a deal doesn’t go through.”
Those are good words from Chris Hughton.
Xisco appeared 7 times for Newcastle with a single goal, and 44 times for Deportivo with 12 goals, and the 23 year-old was on loan to Vecindario from 2006-2007 where he played 27 times with 13 goals.
Xisco has played 101 first class games so far in his career with 29 goals, and in addition has played 11 times for the Spanish U21 side with 3 goals – and that’s not a bad record for the Spanish youngster, to be honest.
We have to hope for Newcastle’s sake and the sake of the player himself, that a deal can be worked out with Racing Santandar.