Pardew – Xisco’s A Lovely Lad Who’s Lost His Way


Spanish striker Xisco cost Newcastle a whopping £5.7M from Deportivo in 2008, and that’s one of the worst deals ever done at Newcastle – and it was by Dennis Wise.

Xisco – could be given another chance by Pardew

And there was news that Championship club  Middlesbrough, who were relegated with Newcastle two years ago, may be interested in the 24 year-old.

But this is what Alan Pardew said on that today:

“I’ve not heard any news on Xisco, I was surprised to hear the story.” “There has been no contact with Middlesbrough at all.”

“We have contacted a number of Spanish teams to see if they are interested.”  “He’s a lovely lad and popular with players here. He’s lost his way a bit.”

“I’ve sat down and told him that if nothing comes out in the transfer window this time, he will stay and we will try to get him back on the scene again.”

“We’ll work with him. Sometimes it’s not about the attitude of the player, it’s about the attitude of the club as well, and we’ll work him.”

“If he’s prepared to change things a bit, I’m prepared to as well.”

Those are excellent words from Alan, and he seems like a very good man-manager, and we had heard before that Xisco was a popular lad in the dressing room..

And while Xisco has not done too much on Tyneside,  a few fans, including my son Neil, think he just hasn’t been given much of a chance on Tyneside.

And we remember earlier in the season when he got a few run-outs on the left wing, and he looked good.

Certainly the lad did well against Aston Villa, when he brilliantly set up Andy Carroll’s third goal in injury time – and Newcastle made it an unbelievable 6-0 in their first Premier League game at home, since coming back into the big time.

Maybe Alan needs to give Xisco a run out as a sub in some upcoming games – at least give the boy another chance – he may surprise us all.

And for both his sake and for Newcastle’s sake, we hope he does exactly that!

Comments welcome.



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226 comments so far

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Good news. … could be like a brand new signing if pards works his magic

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  • dave 1961

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    and since when has Pardew had a reputation on man management, to the best of my knowledge the only reputation he actually has is for trying it on with the wife’s & girlfriends of his players, he’s a sneaky arrogant p***k. my brother told me 3 weeks before Hughton’s sacking that Pardew had the job, its time the liar came out & just admit he was happy about Hughtons sacking.

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  • gorskino10

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    He needs to get it into his head like Barton and many others this is HIS LAST CHANCE, not because of things he done wrong but because of things he hasnt done right, hasnt got a chance and probs hasnt worked hard enough to get back because he was happy getting so much money, he needs to buck his ideas up now as Pards said he will give him and chance now Xisco go out and take it you COULD easilly take Ameobi place so thats motivation on its own.

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  • nobby sol

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Im with you cockney magpie.
    the boy is yet to have his chance, hes got 1 goal and 1 assist in 9 premier league appearences all of which were as a sub.
    Its actually not bad going, I also seen him play against PSV pre season and he played very well at right mid. Id give him a good half an hour against Fulham.

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  • Toonkistan

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    ahhh atlast we get to hear about him..give the lad a chance provided he doing his bit in training …but from pardews word it looks like the kid has no future at NUFC

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  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    he has lost his way a bit, what has he been up to?

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  • newca

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    For me Xisco ist better than Ranger actually

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    he been on high wages and doing nothing.

    Even worst than Marcelinho

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  • heavenfire

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Excellent article, Ed, and I agree totally. From what I’ve seen, Xisco has the ability and the right attitude – all he needs is a break and the opportunity to adjust to the English game. It’s good to hear Pardew taking time to speak about how he’ll work with the player. I hope to see Xisco get some game time.

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  • BeeGuy

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    The enigma that is Xisco…

    Popular with the team.

    Recognized as having talent.

    Things wrong between him and management.

    Pardew willing to meet him half way.

    So what does this all mean? Did he refuse to be loaned out? Take a reduced contract? Fall out with CH? Does this mean he only goes through the motions with the team? The owner has him sitting? The questions just keep coming….

    Whatever the case, for him and all of us to be happy, I hope he can work out whatever it is and get on with his career and exploit his talent.

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  • geoff777

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    He’s certainly not heloped himself but I too hope he gets a chance.

    C’mon Pardew give a Best/Xisco/Ranger combination a few starts.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Bring back CARL CORT!! 😀

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  • Davies

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I was asking about this earlier. He should get more chances. Those are the times when players show if they have the right attitude or not. He scored on his debut when we were getting beaten by a team that we should have been hammering and was the only toon player that looked like he wanted to get back into the game.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    @ dave1961. Pardew has a decent record regarding strikers and bringing out the best in them. When he first took over, this was mentioned. Dean ashton (before injury knacked his career poor bloke) owes allot to pardew, and there were four or five other names mentioned. Tevez liked him.

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  • Sinner

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    LOL! xD @ Brutoon 11

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  • petey

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #17

    is Xisco really THAT bad in training that Alan Pardew is more or less call him a rubbish footballer but still a nice guy?

    I mean how must you feel if the club you play for are basically trying to talk to teams in Spain to come and get him because he isnt good enough

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  • petey

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #18

    did you all see Obefemi Martins has gone to Birmingham?

    lol, good signing…

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  • Davies

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Good spot Brutoon. He’s gay. He must be rubbish. Idiot.

    Dave 1961 – Pardew definitely has a reputation for good man management. Quite a few of his former players came out and said so when he got the Toon job.

    We get it. You don’t like the manager. I don’t care.

    I couldn’t give two hoots about what your brother told you and I have absolutely no interest in any speculation regarding Chris Hughton’s departure. If he Pardew made aware of the decision to remove Hughton before it happened, it’s hardly his fault, is it?

    Seriously mate, you can do one of two things; spend the next five years complaining about our manager and how he got his job, or just move on and support the team.

    One helps, the other doesn’t. It isn’t rocket science, is it fella.

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  • Plastic_Geordie82

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Oba Martins???

    You guys have short memories and even fewer brain cells…

    Mickey Owen is available also, shall we pick him up?

    Can get Bassong for 6 mill – worth a punt?

    2 Years ago was the lowest I have felt for a long time. Today I have hope in that the club are going in the right direction financially and in terms of our footall.

    Bring back the money grabbing fools that got us relegated.

    Have a word with yourselves.

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  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Does it make a different that Xisco is gay ? No it doesnt,Im pretty sure someone posted that link two years ago,Get over it and move on.

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  • Antti

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #22

    he’s played for spanish U-21, he can’t be that bad!!??

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Coozy- has anyone checked in?

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Ameobi is an Under 21 England player, never cut it in the Senior Squad EVER

    Xisco is another of our flop, worst than Marcelinho and Luque

    And he busy with his “guy friends”

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  • ballerfan2

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Dave 1961 – wow you’ve certainly got a problem with Pardew and maybe with good reason. However we have supported a number of players with serious character problems while they’ve been at the club. Some of them have even changed for the better – Barton is the obvious candidate and I suspect he has been guilty of far greater than Pardew. Barton is a changed man it seems. Pardew might have learned from any mistakes too. Can I suggest that if you can’t see yourself actively supporting Pardew, at least keep your feelings to yourself and refrain from carping at every blog that reflects Him in a vaguely positive light. I wasn’t in support of his appointment but now he is manager he has my support , maybe not as a person to spend time with but as the man in charge of decisions at my club. And to be honest so far he is doing alright and has the players behind him. That’s what matters to me and I suspect most of the supporters of Newcastle United FC.

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  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #26

    plastic, what about albert luque, maybe he could be worth a second chance as he surely couldnt do any worse than last time

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Martins and owen are not compareable, martins got stuck in and tried. Things happened around him, it was other lazy barstewards like owen who didn’t bother to make the most of it. Martins was just inconsistent, but I’d still have him back

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  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Brutoon your busy being a cyber bully,Well done.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #29

    bru toon xisco is gay ?

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  • petey

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #30

    lol i was being sarcastic with Oba Martins being a good signing but ok…It really does take nothing for some you lot to start ranting pointlessly sometimes

    Its only on loan so at least Birmingham wont waste as much money as we did

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  • Burni

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Davies Im glad you said that about Dave 1961 like…. every day he comes on and slates pardew who I think is a very good manager from what I’ve seen. Dave you werent that southampton player were you? if not stop being so judgemental of someone who seems to have improved our squad. I genuinely think youve just read stories about him and decided thats the person he is. Is he doing a good job for NUFC? imo yes…… who do you support? NUFC? thought so, chill out bud

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  • Thump

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #32

    I love the irony that somebody called “Plastic Geordie” summed it up perfectly.

    As for Xisco, yeah, his sexuality has been questioned more than once but even if he is, what difference does it make?

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  • Thump

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #33

    I reckon dave1961 is a wum tbh burni. He reckons Tioté’s sending off was race related and supposedly sent a complaint. The thing with Ben Arfa is understandable and he did a lot of work on it, but he still hasn’t let it drop and supposedly threatened Greater Manchester police with legal action if they didn’t take it up.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #34

    really i dont want any nigerian player here cos of their inconsistency.

    So xisco has been on bench because his gay.

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  • DrunkenSteve

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Brutoon – canny funny.

    99% of Spaniards mince about.

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  • free giveaways

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Guys Middlesbrough have signed Yannick Djalo on loan with an option to buy for 3.5m euros!

    We were linked with this guy all summer. Surely we would have been worth signing on loan? He’s quick and mobile and we would be in a no lose situation if we got him on loan.

    I really think we need a striker and I don’t know why we’re not signing players like Djalo or Carlos Vela.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Bring back LOMANO TRESOR LUA LUA! 😀

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  • warwick

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Get xisco out…..noone in his homeland even wants him…you earn a chance you don’t get given one.

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  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Ganiyu,Are you related to Andy Gray by any chance ?.

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  • nufcgaz687

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #40

    pardew says he has lost his way he needs some one to show him it then and take him under there wing and help him get back to his best and get him some confidence back and start giving him run outs for 15 or 20 mins at first and see how he go’s so insted of talking pardew sort it out and get the lad going

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