Xisco has had some good counsel from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew this season, and Alan told the Spanish U21 International not to give up and to keep working hard, and anything can happen.
Xisco in training this season
Well – Xisco scored a hat-trick in the Newcastle U21 5-1 win against Stoke City last night, and he got great praise for his attitude and commitment from the Reserve team manager Willie Donaghue after the game.
And this is what Xisco said in the Evening Chronicle today about what Pardew had told him:
“He just told me I don’t need to give up. He said to try hard and do my best and that anything can happen.” “Sometimes it has been hard here for me.” “When I came here I was happy to sign, I wanted to play for the first team. I haven’t always had that chance.”
“You train hard, do your best and you don’t get your chance.” “It’s difficult, and you get frustrated. That’s why I tried to go back to Spain each season.” “When I came here in the first season, it was difficult.” “We had three or four managers, it was my first season and it wasn’t good.”
“It was a bad start in the Premier League for me.” “Then I went back to Spain every year because I felt comfortable there.” “They gave me the confidence and the chance to play.” “Newcastle hasn’t worked out well for me. But I still have one more year.”
“This is my last season and I would like to play and be at my best for Newcastle.”
And the 26 year-old has always been well liked on Tyneside, because of the way he always tries his very best, and he works hard in training, and he’s a popular lad behind the scenes at Newcastle.
And Xisco is well aware of the fan’s admiration for him:
“It is a great feeling to know that. There’s one thing I have always felt here, the fans have been good with me.” “I always feel their support. I want to return that compliment to the fans.”
“There were a few options in the summer but nothing happened.” “They have financial problems in Spain now and there isn’t much movement.” “I decided to stay here, rather than go to Spain to a club I didn’t want to go to.”
“I’m happy that I made the decision. I love the club, the city and I’m comfortable with my team-mates.” “If I have to play with the reserves I will play with the reserves and help the team reach their targets.”
Xisco has scored only one goal in 11 appearances for the Newcastle first team, but maybe he’ll get a place on the bench against Club Brugge – and that would be a big statement from manager Alan Pardew, and a welcome uplift for the lad too.
Xisco talked about his hat-trick last night:
“I’m always happy to score goals, it is always a good feeling.” “But I’m also happy to help the team get a win. The most important thing is to win.” “I feel good. When you are playing you get confidence and everything becomes easier.”
“I just need to keep playing. Goals always give you confidence but I was playing the same way before.”
It’s possible that Xisco may get a place on the bench on Thursday night, but 17 year-old Adam Campbell was also very impressive last night, and maybe he will get on the bench – since he’s the future for Newcastle.
There’s no long-term future for Xisco at Newcastle, but you’ve got to give it to the lad - his attitude is just first class under difficult circumstances, and he deserves enormous credit for that.
We wish the lad every success, and hope he can get hooked up with a side next summer when his five-year contract ends at Newcastle.
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