There at least was one good thing regarding today’s game at Club Brugge, and it’s that forgotten man Xisco is in the party that travelled to Brugge, Belgium yesterday afternoon, for our game tonight against Club Brugge.
Colo and Xisco – former team mates at Deportivo
And there’s a chance that Xisco could get a chance tonight, although he will likely start on the bench and get his first game for Newcastle since 2010, and add to his 11 first team appearances for Newcastle so far.
Of course the 26 year-old cost £5.7M when he was brought in from Deportivo on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2008, and that was a move that ultimately led to the resignation of Kevin Keegan, but you can hardly blame the Spaniard for that.
It appears that the Ameobi brothers Shola and Sammy could start together up front for Newcastle in our 4th game of Group D in the Europa League, and it must be that Xisco is looking quite good in training.
Xisco has been shipped out on loan to former club Deportivo La Coruna and Racing Santander in the last two seasons, and this is the final year of the five-year contract he signed at Newcastle, and in the 11 appearances he has made for the Magpies, he has one goal, scored on his debut at St. James’ Park against Hull City.
Alan Pardew had this to say about the lad:
“He has worked hard, we feel he has contributed to the group and therefore we have included him on this trip.” “The future for Xisco, hopefully, is a return to playing. Like all players, he wants to play and he has not really done anything wrong other than not reach the level of the first team since he has been here.”
“We have tried to give him some direction and some hope that he can forward his career. I don’t know how much pain he has gone though, if I am honest, I have not really sat down and spoken to him about that.”
“My purpose at this football club is to try to get the best out of every individual, and I am trying to do that with him. I am not sure if he will be included tomorrow, if I am honest, but I wanted to bring him into the group just so he felt part of it.”
“He causes us no problems, he is well-liked within the group, he gets on with his work and we are trying to help him.’”
Xisco is a good lad and very popular in the dressing room, and these last four years have been really tough for him, but he has handled himself very well, under a tough personal situation at Newcastle.
We hope Xisco gets on tonight, and we hope the lad scores and can play some more games for Newcastle this season, but he’ll need to be at the top of his form to do that.
What do you think?
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