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!