Xisco – full name Francisco Jiménez Tejada – was signed from Deportivo late in the 2008 summer transfer window on a five year deal, which will run out next June, and Newcastle paid £5.7M for the Spanish U21 striker to his Spanish club.
Xisco in September 2008 when he signed
Demba Ba now has the number 19 shirt
Xisco scored on his debut in the 2-1 home defeat by Hull City in September, 2008, but has only ever appeared 11 times for the Newcastle first team and for the last three years Newcastle have tried to loan him out to Spanish clubs, and least season, he was on loan at his former club Deportivo.
He was also brought in by Dennis Wise unbeknownst to then manager Kevin Keegan, and that led to Kevin leaving the club in that September , and to cut a very long story short – we were relegated that season.
But we’ve had no word about him at all this summer, and he hasn’t been playing in any Newcastle sides, and we don’t even know if the now 26 year-old is still in the Newcastle area or back in Spain.
Maybe Newcastle will try to loan him out again to Deportivo, but it’s interesting that Alan Pardew hasn’t even mentioned the player this summer.
He still has one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and we could still be paying him about £2.5M through next June 30th, when his contract finally runs out.
But Xisco is an excellent example of what happens when you make some stupid decisions in the transfer market, and to date Xisco has cost Newcastle just under £16M, and he’s appeared 11 times for the side with one solitary goal.
If he sees out his contract he will have cost Newcastle just over £18M over five years – excuse me while I throw up.
There’s been very little news on the Spaniard this summer, and it seems Newcastle are keeping it low key, but this is the last year of his five year contract – so we suppose that’s good news – he’ll be off the books next July 1st.
We looked at this season’s roster at Deportivo, who are now back in the Spanish first division, and they have eight players on loan, but Xisco isn’t one of them.
And Xisco is certainly not listed on Newcastle’s web-site anymore.
Maybe Alan Pardew can help clear up what’s happened to him, maybe Newcastle reached an agreement to pay off his contract?
No, he’s not the new striker coming in from the continent this week – at least we hope he’s not. 😀
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