One of the many things that Chris Hughton has to solve this season, as well as bringing in some new players with little money available, is to how to offload the Spanish striker Xisco, who turned 24 yesterday.
Xisco – situation Chris will have to solve – somehow
Xisco was signed by Dennis Wise for a ridiculous £5.7M on September 1st, 2008, and for whatever reason he just didn’t hack it in the Premier League, although some fans, including my son Neil, still think he didn’t get a fair chance at the club.
But be that as it may, new manager Chris Hughton has decided he does not want the striker back at the club, and will try to offload him to another club, if only to save his reported £50K/week wages.
We have absolutely nothing against this lad personally, as he found himself in the middle of a huge storm when he first arrived at Newcastle, which ended in manager Kevin Keegan leaving the club.
On reflection, it was hardly surprising the lad didn’t have a good season, and he was hampered by niggling injuries too.
But Newcastle may have to forget about trying to get back much at all of the £5.7M fee they paid his club, Deportivo de La Coruña, and just try to offload him for the good of the club and for the good of the player.
Xisco spent last season on loan at Spanish club Racing Santander, and appeared 23 times with 3 goals for them, but they will hardly have the money to bid too much for this player.
Xisco has also played 11 times for the Spanish U21 side from 2007-2009 with 3 goals scored, and it could well be in Newcastle’s best interests to offload the player for a minimal fee, just to get his wages off the books.
If they do that we assume Newcastle can write off the loss in the next tax year, so at least they get some tax relief on that wasted £5.7M fee.
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