Xisco Emulating Marcelino – Can Newcastle Offload Him In Summer?


Spanish U21 striker Xisco is still on Newcastle’s books.

Xisco – 11 appearances for Newcastle since September of 2008

And the Spaniard keeps picking up £50K/week from Newcastle, and still has almost eighteen months  of his five year contact to run.

He was signed on the last day of the transfer window in early September of 2008,  and through no fault of his own, his signing led to Kevin Keegan leaving the club.

That was because Dennis Wise had bought in Xisco and loan signing Ignacio González, the Uruguayan midfielder, on the last day of the transfer window, and a furious Kevin Keegan knew nothing about it.

And both signings turned out to be duds, with Newcastle having to pay £1M for the services of Gonzalez, but he played in only two short sub appearance in that September, and that was it – he was injured for the rest of that relegation season.

And Xisco has been loaned out for the last two seasons, his latest loan deal being with his former club Deportivo, who were relegated last season from the Spanish First division.

We fully expect Xisco to dig in his heels and stay as a Newcastle player for one more year – playing somewhere else of course – and to be fair that is his right.

Remember Marcelino Elena – he was at Newcastle for four seasons after being signed by then manager Ruud Gullit in the summer of 1999, for £5.8M from Mallorca, and he appeared only 17 times for Newcastle.

But he stayed at the club through his four year contract, which of course was also his right, and he played in the Reserves – when he played at all.

Xisco was signed for about the same amount (£5.7M) and has appeared 11 times for Newcastle with one goal, which he scored on his debut at home to Hull City in September of 2008.

That was the first game after Kevin Keegan had left the club, and  we lost it of course, and Danny Guthrie was sent off late in the game, just to make things a little worse on Tyenside.

Newcastle will again try to offload Xisco permanently in the summer, but we somehow think he will be off on another season long loan deal next summer, and Newcastle will have to honor his contract though June of next year.

Xisco and Marcelino are two examples of what happens when you sign players up on big wages,  who are unproven in the English Premier League, and cannot hack it.

It turns out to be very expensive for Newcastle but very lucrative for the player.

No wonder Mike Ashley is wary of paying out big money for players – and it’s not surprising Newcastle don’t much like loan deals these days, especially after what also happened with Stephen Ireland last season.

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86 comments so far

  • woodsee

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    No comment is about right for this subject

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  • Benry

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Would rather have Xisco any day of the week than Ameobi. At least Xisco scored a goal

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  • tarie4

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    As you say Ed, can’t fault the lad for being pants and can’t argue with him staying until the end of his contract…..I would.

    He’ll probably earn more in the last 18months of his contract than he will over the rest of his working life.

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  • Tiki_Taka

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Unlike the media and various “experts” (them again) I am undecided on Xisco. He hasn’t been given a real good run in the team and therefore I feel it is unfair for him to be labeled “flop”.

    The problem I do have with him is that Sir Alan (oh yeah, that’s right) Pardew has obviously told him that he is surplus to requirements but he appears to be intent with seeing out his contract.

    A loan spell here and there and a shedload of cash in his back pocket.

    As a player = I haven’t seen enough of him in a toon shirt.

    As a person = Money grabbing a-hole.

    Cisse to score today and Merson to fall off his chair on Soccer Saturday…I wonder which of those bets Bet365 will take?

    I know which one will make me happy… 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    @Benry
    That’s the stupidest post i’ve read so far this year.
    Shows how little u know.

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  • geordie157

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Everytime i see Dennis Wise on goals on sunday i remember that Xisco is still with us!! 50k a week, injury prone and can’t score in the Spanish 2nd division. What a signing! Although there have been times when i’ve thought he could have stayed for half of a season and been given some games, he didnt look lost when he has played. But hope he’s gone this summer along with Ranger! Smith will be gone too.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    @Tiki_Taka

    To complete a work contract is not ‘money grabbing’.

    The lad hit the contract jackpot and now he’s just exercising his rights. We’re the idiots paying him.

    btw, at work everyone’s a money-grabber! (get a job, you’ll find out.)

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    On the last thread, no one actually commented on what the thread was actually about!!!

    A lot of the youngsters been let go were brought in by Wise and previous to him Allardyce. None of the ones let go were carr discoveries.

    I think what is hard for us benny supporters to take is that this guy has the ability to be our new beardo which we haven’t had for years and he seems to get picked up for a combo of laziness and giving the ball away yet every week we see shola, Guti, obertan, simpson guilty of the same thing.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Xisco needed patience with him and a manager to work on his weaknesses and turn them into strengths we were fighting so we couldnt do it.. imo Hughton should of kept him when we went down, He should of been played in the Championship with Carroll he might of been able to bang in some goals gain the confidence he had when he first came but instead we got rid of him on loan

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    xisco has actually started scoring a few in spain now

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda – Im still hoping thas some news on Tavernier soon as his deal runs out in June, really hope he gets a new deal

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Xisco is busy KISSING other guys

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  • Tiki_Taka

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    @Wor Shearer

    And I do believe it’s 1-0 to you, my friend.

    🙂

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  • spitfire_

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Thank you Dennis for this brilliant transfer!

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  • pbNcl

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    some people talk absolute tripe. Utter tripe. Wor shola is leagues above xisco. Anybody says otherwise needs a serious word with themselves, and probably lives on the wear.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Xisco scores more than Shola Ameobi

    1) Assuming Deportivo B is the same level as Championship

    2) And he is still 25 years old

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  • tdt

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    I think the only question for today’s starting XI is whether Obertan or HBA will start on the right.

    Although we are all assuming it will be Obertan because he came on for the injured R.Taylor against Villa, I’m not sure this will necessarily be the case today.

    Pardew did say we can attack spurs and ‘let our hair down’. Maybe this is what he meant?

    ————–Krul—————-
    Simpson-Collo-Williamson-Santon
    HBA—Guthrie—Perch—Jonas
    ————Ba–Cisse———–

    ….?

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    @Brutoon- who cares if he’s gay? Those rumours have been going around for 2 and a half years…old news! Move on.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    2 goal tino : its a good news actually.

    1) defenders will afraid of xisco because he will KISS you

    2) Xisco got lots of handsome defenders to approach to

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  • toon-hendy

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #21

    LETS ALL HAVE A DISCO.. ITS A GOAL FROM XISCO.. LA LA LA LA!!!

    Bah I loved singing this song.. once.

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  • Tiki_Taka

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    @tdt

    I can’t see him playing Ben Arfa at right midfield today, mate.

    He’d be up against Assou-Ekotto and Bale. There is no way Sir Alan would risk Simpson being overloaded on the flank. Especially as Spurs get a lot of joy from out wide.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Seriously brutoon?? Ameobi looked quality when we git promoted! Are you not old enough to remember that! Xisco hasn’t made it because his attitude stinks! And I’ve heard that (not in those words) from Chris hughton himself at last years grassroots football convention!

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #24

    @Brutooon

    Spanish players kiss each other the whole time….it’s not weird for them.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25

    Xisco and Ameobi are on the same level.

    If you said Wor Ameobi then it is Wor Xisco too.

    If you said Ameobi is a Legend then Xisco is a Legend too

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  • Tiki_Taka

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Looks like I’ve got my dance moves sorted out today when Cisse scores…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxPbgnO81sQ

    …Howay the lads!

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  • pbNcl

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    There is no wor xisco. Ameobi is a geordie. Behave yourself sir your attitude is somewhat backward

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  • boater

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    Brutooon and Benry. New day, same old misery being peddled from some people I see.

    Brutooon – how old are you?

    Anyway – ignoring the trolls, who’s going today|?

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  • Tiki_Taka

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Seriously though if Ameobi had pace he would be unstoppable.

    He has everything else.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Xisco is a Legend. WOR XISCO !!!!!!!

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Xisco and Ameobi are legend

    If both played together will be better than Shearer and Ferdinand

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Im heading to Nottingham from London today! Was minus 19?here last night for anyone coming down!

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #33

    @Brutoon – You’re making this blog very boring.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #34

    brutoon man, wish your mummy would put a block on this site on the family computer! Hate kiddie playground views, ed should make this an over 18 site, just bangna few pics of passes in the toon underwear on, wed all be much happier!

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Lasses*** autospell fail

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  • Sav

    Feb 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Looking for the positives – Xisco’s salary is a long-term reminder to Mashley that’s what comes of being a short-sighted, unprofessional, clever-dick cockney b*****x and it seems he has learned from the experience.
    Next time I see Xisco I’m gonna buy him a pint – if he can lift it unaided.

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  • Stuart

    Feb 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Never thought id say this about a fellow fan, but i wish you’d go ‘support’ someone else. I hear arsenal like to moan about absolutely everything. You are not a newcastle supporter as ive never once seen you support them. Pathetic.

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  • joppadoni

    Feb 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    i see firstrow sports is the latest website to be hit by the US

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  • Stuart

    Feb 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39

    oh aye, that was directed to brutwat incase anyone didnt guess.

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  • joppadoni

    Feb 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #40

    anyone got any other sites for watching the footy?

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