We don’t think Xisco has any future at Newcastle, but nevertheless it’s good to see that Alan Pardew is giving the 26 year-old some well deserved praise and encouragement today.
Xisco celebrating one of his goals on Monday night
Through no fault of his own Xisco became almost a pawn in the game between Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise just over four years ago, when the Director of Football brought the player into Newcastle for £5.7M, without Kevin’s knowledge or approval.
Dennis did give the Newcastle manager a YouTube video of Xisco so Kevin could see just how good a player Dennis had brought in for the Newcastle squad.
That little tiff ended up in Kevin leaving the club within a week or so of Xisco arriving, and we all know that season was a complete disaster with Newcastle ending up being relegated.
Xisco could even get a game for the Newcastle first team again this season, probably in the Europa league, although he will not be involved tomorrow night, after his fine hat-trick for the U21 side on Monday night against Stoke City.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the Spaniard today in the local press:
“He won’t be involved, but I’m very pleased with him in terms of it’s the first time since I’ve been here that he’s shown signs of life.” “He came for a big fee. Unfortunately for him, it hung around him.”
“He’s carried that a little bit.” “Because of the strikers here, the pressure isn’t on him. He’s beginning to get some confidence back.”
“All players have difficult times. There have been difficult times for him. I’m pleased he got that hat-trick. Hopefully, he can build on that, but he won’t be involved.”
It would be good if Xisco can get another first team appearance this season, to add to the 11 he has made so far in a Newcastle shirt, although he will still be low down on the list of strikers.