Hughton Faces Challenge To Get Xisco Off Newcastle Books

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Get him on ebay, take what we can get.

  • Craigg

    May 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Im not sticking up for Shepherd but i do find it funny looking at cases like this after all the remarks Ashley and Mort made when they first started running the club about the clubs wage bill and poor transfer dealings under the previous regime.

    Since Ashley bought the club he has sanctioned the signings of Viduka, Cacapa, Geremi and Xisco on £50k+ a week, The ludicrous appointments of Wise and Jiminez and the youtube signing of Gonzalez, Allowing the sale of Parker to bring in Barton, Selling one of the top 5 goalkeepers in the world for £6m when Everton got £24m out of Man City for an average centre half and Chelsea can get £12m for a reserve left back.

    Sat back and Allowed Allardyce and Kinnear to rip any creativity out of our side which led to a relegation which both seem to be exonerated from in favour of blaming Shearer who had 8 games with a side lacking any pace and inovation caused by previous mismanagement.

    I dont blame Xisco he walked into a ridiculous situation and who can blame him with that sort of money on offer, The only man to blame is Ashley.

  • G-Man

    May 19, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Spot on Craigg, If we’re having a clear-out let’s get rid off, R Taylor, S Amoebi , L Best & A Smith, just won’t cut it in the premiership, come to think of it i don’t think these lads will neither, K Nolan (too slow) D Simpson ( not good enough ) W Rouledge ( not good enough ) Boy we need somes players, shame we have the tightest billionaire owner in the history of football…………….

  • 3enrique

    May 19, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    I always thought Xisco needed more of a chance, would prefer him to Ameobi and Best, but saying he always tried to be a success is cods. Does no-one remember him feigning injury to get out of our games? Still, if we can’t move him along give him a chance to prove himself in the Prem.

  • Craigg

    May 19, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5


    I dont know about Routledge i like the lad and i think he balanced the side well, Ryan Taylor is useful versatility wise but i can defo see your point about the others.

  • G-Man

    May 19, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Craigg Don’t get me wrong i like Routledge, it’s just that he’s played for that many club’s already he should have made the grade by now, as for R Taylor, yeah he’s versatile, but he doesn’t have a great position. right back forget it, right wing much the same. taking the odd sweet freekick every now & again just isn’t enough for the premiership. I hope i’m proved wrong……………..

  • Trent Toon

    May 19, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7


    Your so wrong about ashley, he has spent some ridiculous amount on us and flushed out our club from the heavy debt from shepard…

    Shepard stitched us up so poorly that it would look good from the outside us really inside it was soo poor. It was lucky ashley came along and wiped us debt free..

    he literally saved our club from being like portsmouth…

    and about the xisco ordeal, i never have seen a player so poorly treated by the fans even though he had a great attitude and tried his best….

    I would welcome him back freely…

  • TinoAsprilla

    May 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8


    Your grand idea is to sell 3 players with a tonne or premiership experience and a 23 year old international who hasn’t been given a chance, are you Graeme Souness or Ruud Gullit??

    We need Smithy and Ameobi for their expirience and leadership, we know Smith can do a job and he is one of the 4 players that CH talks to and relies on. Ameobi has and will score at Premiership level, albeit not every chance he gets, but we certainly don’t need to get rid of him. Ryan Taylor can play anywhere across midfield and at full back, so it is extremely important we keep him for his versatility.

    But more than all of that, the money for any of those players wouldn’t be worth what they’d cost to replace.

    I’d love to know how you’ve decided Simpson and Routledge aren’t good enough, when neither has really had a fair crack at the premiership, Routledge was a back up to better wingers at spurs, ones we couldn’t afford, so he’s the best we’ve got on that front.

    Simpson is a product of the Man Utd academy, still young and did alright when he was on loan at Blackburn, plus he only cost £750,000 and unless you hadn’t noticed we aren’t blessed with fullbacks.

  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    lols@ post 8… well said TinoAsprilla

  • jesus was a geordie

    May 19, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Ameobi isn’t gunna set the premier league alight, but if he can come up with 5-10 goals, he could be invaluable.

    Routledge may have been at other clubs, but that doesn’t mean he was given a good chance. He has pace, passing ability and skill, and not only that he balances our team well.

    Nolan and Smith add grit to the midfield, getting rid of them when we will surely be facing games where they are needed to grind out results is simply stupid.

    Raylor is versatile and cover at least 3 positions, it would also appear that he is willing to wait it out for an opportunity, why would you sell him?

  • cupiddstunt

    May 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Tino you have it just about right these kn*b ends haven’t a clue as to what they are talking about, they talk about getting rid of players that we would have major probs in replacing, make statements about the abilities of players who have not even had the chance to show.

    How come these football geniuses are spending their time on an online blog instead of managing some team to the pinnacle of greatness???

    Could it be they are kn*b ends who haven’t a clue???

    One of my kids had a G-man toy and it didn’t have a brain either.

  • G-Man

    May 19, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Well it’s a shame you lot disagree, but your entitled to your opinion’s just like me, not so sure about the childish comments ( lack of brain cells i surpose ) As a geordie at the end of the day all i want to see is a well organized good footballing side, & if last season is anything to go by ( I went to 90% of the games ) we are gonna struggle big time………

  • G-Man

    May 20, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Without player investment……..


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