Xisco To Get Another Chance At Newcastle

As we reported a few days ago our £5.7M signing from Deportivo La Coruña, 24 year-old Xisco will be back on Tyneside next week.

Xisco – 24 year-old will probably move out this summer

Newcastle’s pre-season training will start at the Benton Training headquarters next week, and manager Chris Hughton has insisted that all players will start pre-season training with a clean slate and will be given every opportunity.

Chris talked about the Spanish U21 striker today:

“He has been away for a year and he can start afresh with us.”

“We shall have a look at him in that initial pre-season period and assess whether things have changed with him.”

“There is certainly nothing negative about him coming back. He will get a chance to impress just like everyone else.”

Those are good words from Chris and they are true too, but there’s a 90% chance that Xisco will be moved out this summer, either on another season long loan deal, to get his wages off the books, or else he will be sold.

But Newcastle will of course have a very hard job clawing back much of the huge £ 5.7M fee the club paid Deportivo, for yet another player who didn’t make the grade on Tyneside.

There’s certainly a lot that will be happening before the transfer window closes at the end of  August, that’s for sure, and we are really looking forward to the Newcastle players returning next week.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Trent Toon

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Good positive words!! Keep the team spirit running!! I think he will hit the ground running!!!

  • G

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    I would like to see Xisco do well, after all, he signed for the club at a time of turmoil that he was in the centre of. It must have affected him mentally. Regardless of the past, I would certainly like to see him get a run out pre-season, and hopefully show us what he can do.

  • Trent Toon

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    i agree when he was playing he was in an extremely negative environment now he is a very positive one!! He should do well!!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    But don’t forget he was useless at Santander last season… I think he scored 3 goals in like 23 appearances or something, I don’t think he can make the grade but I would LOVE to be wrong!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5
  • gunnarnufc

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Nice Tom4Nufc. I like it. By the way, it was me who changed the current club to your nickname.

    Regarding this story. I think he should be given a chance. Like “G” stated, he was hardly given a chance at all and was the center of attention at the club for being the guy bought but not wanted by the manager. These were weird times. But he did not do well last season in Spain. He reminds me of Smith when he was playing as a striker for some reason.

  • Sav

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    “Dodgy footballer – free to good home.”

    Never mind,“He has been away for a year and he can start afresh with us.”

    This has Desperation written all over it.

  • G

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think it’s desparation at all Sav. I think CH is a decent motivator, and if he can get Xisco to do the biz, great, if not, he can at least run out in pre season and maybe put himself in the shop window. Fair enough, I don’t think he is going to be a 20+ goals striker, but he at least should be given a chance to see if he can work with our other strikers and at least help to break down defences, after all, a centre forwards job isnt nescessarily all goals (although, yes, they are quite important!).

  • Trent Toon

    Jul 1, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9


    Your such a wank! People like you are the reason there always is a negativity around this club!

    Go support MU

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s got a better record than Best

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 1, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s a win-win for NUFC with Xisco in camp. If he is better than we thought, good news. If he gets playing time in the pre-season, other clubs will figure he has a chance & take him on loan or sale. If he did not show up, or was not invited, to camp, investment lost.

  • bro56

    Jul 1, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    should be some good options nxt season.. Best, shola or xisco, now which one could I trade in for a cheese pasty.. me being hopeful obviously

  • boater

    Jul 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #13

    bro56 – poor shola doesn’t get much back from yee and the lynch mob.

    Put your pitch fork doon and shut it for a while eh son. way aye.

  • bro56

    Jul 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #14


    poor shola?? what’s poor about him apart from his football??

    so youre telling me at 29 shola has served the toon well?? its an opinion m8, but it seems shola does have a fan after all..

  • Gash

    Jul 1, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Bee Guy has the right idea. What have we got to lose. He may settle under a calming influence like CH. Look how the team spirit changed once CH was officially installed as manager last season. He commands respect from the senior players and they in turn will help nurture the younger ones. Lets see what we look like as a squad after pre-season and maybe we will all be pleasantly surprised, ……… We will be ok…….Cuuuum on tha toon

  • Stardust

    Jul 1, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Bro – Shola’s stats minute for minute show him to be the most effective at the club so not sure how you can hate him – prejudice maybe?

    I’m not a number one fan or anything but I do think he is overly hated for no good reason.

  • jimiley

    Jul 1, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #17

    If Shola can knock in a few goals in the Prem he and Carroll could soon be in the England team. lets wait and see before we criticize. This team could be the beginning of something great. A great team spirit, a good manager and with a little bit of luck we might win something. Keep the faith

  • Newutd

    Jul 2, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Hahaha. Can’t believe some of you guys. Both Shola and Xisco is SHITE in the Premiership. Shola is even PROVEN SHITE – OVER SEASONS. By all means, support him because of who he is as a person, but as a footballer – not good, at all.

  • MoToon

    Jul 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #19

    He never have gotten the chance to adapt to the english style of play, remember enrique who everybody thought was shite and our weakest link two seasons ago, now he´s one of our best. I think there´s to much pressure at the new lads to perform directly , they need time especially when arriving from another league with a total different style of play.


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