Chirs Hughton, the Newcastle manager has used 24 year-old Xisco in three of the pre-season friendlies so far, and the Spanish striker may get another chance at Ibrox tomorrow.
Xisco - may get another chance tomorrow
But Chris Hughton still admits it will be tough for the £5.7M buy from Deportivo two years ago, to force his way up the pecking order of strikers at the club.
Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We have good options in the forward area.” “We’ve got Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Leon Best and Nile Ranger.”
“We have a lot of options, and I have to work around those options. These are decisions we have to make.”
“It’s been a difficult time for Xisco. He went on loan, so he was able to play regular football, which is what he needed.”
That doesn’t sound too good for Xisco, and we have to think that Chris is looking to send him out on loan next season, unless he can get a fair price for him in a straight transfer, which is unlikely at this stage.
But Xisco can, and is, doing himself some good by looking good in pre-season, and that will not have gone unnoticed by some clubs.
Xisco spent last season on loan with La Liga club Racing Santander, where he appeared 23 times and scored 3 goals, but it could also be that Xisco will be at Newcastle at least through January.
We’d love to see Xisco make a success of things on Tyneside, and from some comments we have seen on the blog, we’re not the only ones who would like to see this very positive young man become a success at the Newcastle club.
Comments very welcome.