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Xisco, Lovenkrands Both Good Deals – Xisco Feigns Injury

Newcastle did a couple pieces of business last Tuesday, and both were very good for the club.


Xisco – out of his nightmare at Newcastle

One was to bring in Peter Lovenkrands again, and we think this lad is just made for Newcastle, especially in the current situation we are in.

Peter knows the players form last season, and he can play striker and score goals and on either wing, positions we were short in.

And he’s just good for the squad for his personality too.  It was a 3 year deal so if we do get promoted next May he’s one for the Premier league too

And we also unloaded Xisco, who has no future on Tyneside, and although it will be hard to recuperate much of the ridiculous £5.7M  fee we paid to Deportivo, at least his move helps with the cash flow, and we are assuming Racing Santandar are paying his £50K/week wages.

Xisco  was behind Ameobi, Carroll, Lovenkrands and the fast emerging Nile Ranger, and  there was little hope that he would get many games at all this season – especially since we will be bringing in another striker – probably Marlon Harewood on Tuesday.

So it was a good deal for both parties, and Xisco will now at least get a game this season, and a chance to resurrect his career.

The Spanish U21 striker has penned a season-long deal with Racing Santander after making just 3 Premier League starts for Newcastle.

Newcastle had just one striker fit after Ameobi, Carroll and Xisco were all  injured, or so we thought.

But in an unfortunate interview Xisco admits he wasn’t injured at all as he said:

“After a difficult first year in Newcastle, this year seemed it was going to be more of the same and a good time to leave.’

”I even stopped playing in the last few days to force my exit.”

“If they hadn’t accepted the loan at Santander, I would have regarded my situation at Newcastle as hopeless.”

We are always wary of people who leave the club and  then rubbish it – there’s no class in that at all.

And there was no reason whatsoever for Xisco to do anything to force his way out of Newcastle – since the club didn’t want him – and even if he was officially fit,  we doubt if he would have started last Monday.

His statement suggests Newcastle wanted to keep him and he had to force his way out,  and while that looked better from his viewpoint, it wasn’t true and he just wasn’t good enough for Newcastle.

And he’s done damage to himself by letting everybody know his ethics is not too good, having apparently lied to Newcastle.

But from Xisco’s viewpoint, last season must have been a complete nightmare for the boy, with all the nonsense that went on, which is still ongoing, and it even forced Shay Given to look for pastures anew.

Xisco shouldn’t  have made that statement, but we’re sure he was happy to leave Tyneside after last season’s nightmare, and Newcastle were likewise only too happy to unload him.

Now the  question becomes how much can we get for him next summer,

29 comments so far

  • Toonmania

    Sep 6, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #1

    personally i think anyone that engineers a move by faking an injury should be find 3 months wages as a min, this sort of thing needs to be hit hard where it will hurt them in the wallet, not that i ever rated him personally i thought he was a very poor striker so good riddance to him

  • Doocey

    Sep 6, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Toonmania // Sep 6, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    personally i think anyone that engineers a move by faking an injury should be find 3 months wages as a min, this sort of thing needs to be hit hard where it will hurt them in the wallet, not that i ever rated him personally i thought he was a very poor striker so good riddance to him

    Agreed about the fine.
    Although, I do think Xisco has potential.
    Racing wouldn’t dare paying 50k a week for a player so I’d say we’re paying half and they’re paying 50% as well.
    Mind you, his fee could rise to £8.75m!

  • Toonmania

    Sep 6, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #3

    hmm, that sounds about what i was thinking as i can’t see racing paying that much in wages, but we should just stop our payments too him for 6 months then if it is the case.
    he might have potential but not in the english league or at newcastle, he has just proven to me that he wasn’t all that in training and never impressed that’s why he never got many games ok having 3 managers in one year is not good for stability but if all 3 of them thought the same and didn’t pick him it says something really

  • ginkoh

    Sep 6, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #4

    If someone notice Luque is the worst mistake transfer from F.Shefferd, Bought Xisco is the same for Ashley and Wise.

  • BigLish

    Sep 6, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Well it just goes to show that no matter how much you get paid, if you are in a job you don’t like or aren’t progressing in you’re always likely to throw a sickie. How many on here can say they’ve never dine that before? 3 months wages… Give the lad a break! Good luck to you back in Spain kid!

  • Toonmania

    Sep 6, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #6

    sorry but i don’t condone people taking sickies, but yes 3 months wages, that way it would make people think twice about pulling a fast one.

    Also if he didn’t like it or no longer wanted to be here what’s wrong with him handing in a transfer request or is he just too much of a whimp to ask for that?

  • repo

    Sep 6, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #7

    fine the gay boy months wages…

  • toonsy

    Sep 6, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Toonmaina – Agreed, the only way to hurt a footballer is in his pocket. Agree about sickies n’all. I dont get paid for being on the sick, apart from goverment minimum which is peanuts that no-one can afford. As a result (so far) i dont take sick days, none in the last 5 years. Before that i got full sick pay and surprisingly it didnt concern me throwing a sickie.

  • Nick D

    Sep 6, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Why the need to mention him being gay?

  • ToonRich

    Sep 6, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Correct me if I’ve read the Xsico part wrong…but where does it state he FAKED injury? From you selection of quote ed, all that says is he stopped playing! He could have had it out with the management and stopped that way. Why would Santander loan an injured player…Yes the fans maybe told he was injured but I don’t think he needed to fake with club officials, do you??

  • Toonmania

    Sep 6, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #11
  • spiderpig

    Sep 6, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    never given a decent chance.imo.he plays for spain u21,so must be good.cant blame him for wanting away cos he never would have played this season.

  • stk85

    Sep 6, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    what club officials?! theres sod all communication

  • ToonRich

    Sep 6, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Yea Toonmania it’s a headline-yet again everyone jumping on the media bandwagon…Non of the articles actually quote him saying he faked injury, just that he stopped playing. For all we know ( which is naff all) he probably came to an agreement not to play so he could move. End of!

  • Alex

    Sep 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #15

    The lad was doomed from the minute he joined us . KK never wanted him and walked and that put the lad in an impossible situation . I just have a feeling he is going to score loads back home in Spain , which would be good for us because it will push his transfer value up . Imagine if he does well and Barca Or Real end up wanting him . We may then get our money back on him .

  • jasonbourne

    Sep 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Almost everytime we sign someone from Spain, they flop, can’t we just buy youngsters from Holland, Belgia and France were they know how to make good fotballplayers. Players from theese countries will not need so much time to adapt as well.

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 6, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed you missed a bit man, the bit at the end..

    “I even stopped playing in the last few days to force my exit.

    “If they hadn’t accepted the loan at Santander, I would have regarded my situation at Newcastle as hopeless. I had no luck from the time I arrived.

    “People there didn’t want me in the squad and I didn’t understand why.”

    Far out guys, we are a nicer bunch than this are we… Scaring away players that barely ever had a chance… The funny thing is, is that he scored regularly in the reserves but we would play donaldson, and vukcic instead… And the game he did play he looked lively… I like xisco his attitude was excellent at the end of last season… He vowed to be a toon legend… We gave Enrique some time and now he is class..

    Why didn’t we give Xisco a chance? Was it a case of he was the reason Keegan left, so we blame him?? Come on- We all know it was mike and dennis… He came here because he was elated to play at such a well supported club.. We say ‘good attitude Nile, or well done Donaldson, but this guy-nope nothing… Even though he scored on debut… He had the best attitude out of anyone last season, his attitude put Micheal Owen to shame….

    I feel sorry for the lad,

    “People there didn’t want me in the squad and I didn’t understand why.”-Xisco

    So saying this, i believe he deserves to have to get out, and start new with his career…

    Agree or Disagree?

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 6, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #18

    ‘There were so many problems. At first it was like a small snowball, then the problems rolled, they got bigger and bigger. When it was time to wake up it was too late. I am sad for everyone because the Newcastle fans are amazing.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1193526/What-bad-Toon-But-Xiscos-got-England-sights.html#ixzz0QKZGa2PF

    I would welcome him back!

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 6, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Sometimes I feel like im talking to myself!

  • Mimo

    Sep 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #20

    if xisco has admitted to faking an injury or to use his words ”I even stopped playing in the last few days to force my exit” this would open him up to a breach of contract charge. I think the club owes it to the fans to make him pay for this, if true. Perhaps the club hope xisco performs well in Spain and as a result might earn a transfer deal worth a few million? I don’t know what Ashley/Llambias are up to with this one mainly because they are incompetent and communicate nothing to outsiders but they would go up in my opinion if they made a public stand on this matter.

  • basque geordie

    Sep 6, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Xisco has forgotten that is still a Newcastle United player. Terrible…

  • buddy

    Sep 6, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #22

    bad form to hand pick the comments!! those other comments more accurately reflect the situation!!
    he was obviously treated terribly…..he is a talented player as he seems to be rated in spain!!! newcastle have runied a whole year of this guys career….maybe his attitude was poor but he was never given a good chance and the fans negative attitude towards him didnt help!!

  • NewcastleMole

    Sep 6, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Xisco was never going to get a game for us to be fair to the lad, it just shows the lengths some players will go in order to leave us in the current situation not that you can blame them.

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 7, 2009 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #24
  • Trent Toon

    Sep 7, 2009 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Xisco scores the 1st and the 3rd, and coloccini scores the 2nd in the vdeo above!

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 7, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #26


    Xisco Again for deportivo- He is the one with the white head band! He is very lively and scores and makes chances all over the park…

  • davis_toons

    Sep 7, 2009 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Trent Toon // Sep 6, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    I Agreed.

    If we can’t even give this lad a chance how can he perform not say scoring a single goal. We just have to put some faith into this player.

    Common, he he is not born and bred in England, there are many differences but if you buy them play them. Just look at Seb.Veron (former Man Utd players) He is a good player but just could not adapt to the styly of play. But MORE importantly he was given the chance to prove that.

    What chance did we give to Xico already. And have cause so many people criticising him?

    Just because of the one chance one goal game?
    The other day when i saw him play in his part at COKE leg for me he did well. In a short space of time coming on. He played like a striker. He run and created space for midfielder to pass to him just that the ball was not through on goal.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 7, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Trent Toon // Sep 7, 2009 at 3:22 AM
    It’s true,
    From the video he is a telent.

    We condemn this player and will he feel good about it? Then will he perform.

    What about the donkey? Who donkey?
    He is now the king striker of Newcastle Utd. I guess he is God status now.

    Because of the chances. It will change the players attuide

    Viduka, Matins, Owen all gone now.

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #29

    davis_toons // Sep 7, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    Yer so so true, i sure hope he does well at racing and then comes back and has a shot at it, if we give him a chance and he still doesn’t perform well then yes he isn’t suited to english football. But until then we cannot make a judgement.

    I remember back when he first started, his optimism was amiable, he had a bounce in his step and even scored on debut… However some 5 months of no playing he came back on against i think it was wigan and he looked down in confidence because of the lack of first team football.


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