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.