Newcastle Still Have Xisco Situation To Solve Somehow


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.

Comments always welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Miikkuks

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #1

    £50K/week is just too much! Cut wages to £10K/week and give him a change at club?

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  • StuW

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #2

    I reckon we should keep him as a reserve to Carroll, Lovenkrands and Ameobi. If he gets a few games, has some decent performances, we will be able to generate interest. I don’t know how everyone calls him a flop, he played 7 games and scored 1, thats a better ratio than Owen in that season!

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  • Sav

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #3

    The sooner Mr. Xisco is an X-player, the better for everyone. As for not getting a chance with us, well he still hasn’t been pulling up any trees back in Spain, has he?

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  • Solaidback

    Jun 27, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #4

    We just need to cut our loses…. why are we paying him £50k a week if he’s out on loan, don’t the club that he’s at play his wages while he’s there or am I wrong about that????

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  • nden85

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #5

    i wish he would stop existing

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  • nden85

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #6

    StuW, in what way is that a better record than owen’s that season?

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  • G

    Jun 28, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Whilst I am no fan of Xisco, I would certainly give him a run out in pre-season, to see if he has at least learned anything whilst back in spain? If he can offer us anything else, great, if not, then at least if he is on the pitch he is in the shop window. Not sure if I would give him any league time like, but there is always the cup runs?

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  • Ericles

    Jun 28, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    We may have to keep him. If so give him a chance to see which what develops. I am not prepared to penalise the bloke for things not his fault. Then take stock before the January window.

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  • geordielad880

    Jun 28, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    there might have been a chance of him having some sort of future at newcastle if he didnt make the remarks on feigning injury to get out of newcastle, newcastle paid half his wages when he was out on loan, they need to try and cut their losses, but i think they will find it hard to offload him.

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  • Sav

    Jun 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    If we can’t flog him, we’ll have to shoot him and claim the insurance.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    I dont see why people say he wasnt given a fair chance….3 managers saw him and 3 managers didnt play him so clearly something in training wasnt right.

    Then he faked an injury to get a move away…

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