Newcastle did some good business just before the transfer deadline ended last night, when they terminated Xisco’s contract by mutual consent – and the Spaniard joined Spanish second division side Cordova as a free agent, but not before he was paid £50K/week for four and a half years of his five year contract by Newcastle.
Coloccini with Xisco in pre-season last year
It was one of the worst deals Newcastle have ever made in the transfer market, when back in August of 2008, Newcastle signed him from Deportivo for £5.7M on the very last day of that summer transfer window.
Xisco made only 11 first team appearances in four a half years after it became obvious fairly earl on in his Newcastle career, that he just wasn’t good enough for the Newcastle first team – and it is testament to the stupidity of giving a lad a five year contract at £50K/week when he is completely untried in the tough English Premier League.
And to try to recuperate the wages they were paying the lad, Newcastle continually loaned the Spanish U21 International out to other clubs, once to Racing Santander and twice to his former club Deportivo.
And it all started off so well at Newcastle too, when he made his debut in September against Hull City – the game after Kevin Keegan had walked out on the club for the second time – when Xisco scored in the 2-1 defeat against Hull City at St. James’ Park – in a season that would see Newcastle relegated for the first time from the Premier League.
Xisco’s huge wage bill is now off the books at Newcastle, and it could be that Newcastle’s top earner at the club at the moment – captain Fabricio Coloccini – could also be on his way and his £65K/week wages at Newcastle could also be off the books, if he returns to his home country of Argentina in the summer, for personal reasons.
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