Well would you believe it, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said today that 24 year-old Spanish striker Xisco may still have a part to play for Newcastle United next season.
Xisco - comeback at Newcastle?
The Spanish Under-21 international – 11 caps 3 goals – has been at the club almost two years now since joining from Deportivo la Coruna in a £5.7M deal on September 1st, 2008.
His first season was dogged by injury though he did appear 7 times with one goal, and didn’t really get much of a chance at Newcastle during our relegation season.
Xisco will get a game at Brunton Park against Carlisle United on Saturday, and no doubt that will give Chris a chance to get a look at him.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Xisco is in very good spirits, but that’s what his personality has been like during his time with the club. I think he looks at everything as an opportunity.”
“Last season we allowed him to go on loan to Racing Santander.” “And what we need to do now is assess him and then make decisions.”
“He’s still young, and in the pre-season we’ll see how he is and take it from there.”
Xisco was very expensive and was in now way worth his transfer fee, but hey, if the lad can fight his way back into contention at Newcastle and show he can play a part on Tyneside – so be it - and good for him.
However, we have to think that the first decent bid for the 24 year-old either for a permanent deal or a loan move, would be accepted.
And it could also be that Xisco himself would want a move back to his native Spain.
“Xisco will play at Carlisle and everybody will get a game.”
“Apart from Danny Simpson and Jonas Gutierrez, who is still not involved because he played in the World Cup, everybody will get an opportunity.”
Xisco will have a good chance to shine on Saturday and if he can get a couple of goals – who knows – maybe he can make a surprising and unexpected comeback at Newcastle – it’s completely up to him.
If we he can do that we would welcome it, and it would show he at least that the lad has the right spirit and character.