Xisco is doing his very best to try to make it on his second go-around at the Newcastle United club a success.
Xisco – we hope this lad makes it at Newcastle
Xisco arrived on the last day of the transfer market in 2008 for £2.7M from Deportivo, and Kevin Keegan knew nothing about it.
And it was hardly Xisco’s fault that a tornado erupted at the Newcastle club, which eventually resulted in Kevin walking out, the club being put up for sale – but nobody wanting to buy – and Newcastle being relegated in May, 2009.
Not a particularly good time to join Newcastle – we would suggest.
And it seems that his Spanish friends back home are hoping he can prove he’s good enough for Newcastle in the Premier League.
Xisco said today:
“I’m friends with Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Sergio Ramos and Xavi,””We know each other well and keep in touch a lot, and I was one of the first to send them my congratulations.”
“I hope they will watch me playing for Newcastle. We always keep in touch. Whenever somebody scores a goal, we send our congratulations.”
“I was very happy when Spain won the World Cup. This is the first time we have won the World Cup. I’m very happy because I have friends in the squad.”
“I played with a lot of them for the Under-21 side, and I have a very good relationship with five of them. I’m happy for them – it was such a big, big thing for Spanish football.”
Xisco was signed from Deportivo for £5.7m two years ago, and the Newcastle supremo in the signing was the utterly hopeless and inept cockney – Dennis Wise.
We think it was Dennis more than anybody else, who sent the Mike Ashley era crashing off course so quickly – he let himself and the Newcastle club down – badly. And we also know that’s exactly what Bobby Robson thought was the big problem, too.
24 year-old Xisco knows he probably has this one last chance to make his Newcastle career a success, and he will not have much time to prove his worth either.
“I’m pleased to be going back to Coruna as a Newcastle player,” “I played for six years at Depor, and they are my club in Spain.”
“I just want to do well for Newcastle. I’ve got three years left on my contract, and want to show I can do a job for the club.
“I hope I can stay and help the team. La Liga and the Premier League are the best two leagues in the world.”
As we’ve said before we’d love to see this lad succeed – because if he does he will have overcome everything that was pitted against him, when he first arrived two years ago.
Stranger things have happened.