The 24-year-old Spanish U21 striker Xisco, who was brought into Newcastle by Dennis Wise two years ago for a massive £5.7M is finding it hard to get a game at Newcastle – once again.
Xisco – finding it hard to get a game on Tyneside
Xisco will get another chance with the Reserves at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool on Wednesday night, but the lad really needs first team games to improve right now.
It’s another decision Newcastle manager has on his plate, as to what to do with the young striker, who’ll find it difficult to squeeze into the Newcastle squad, while, Chris plays with just one striker up front.
Hughton may want to look at sending Xisco out on loan again to get some games, and he was at Racing Santander for the whole of last season of course, and played 23 times with 3 goals.
Hughton talked about the lad today:
“Xisco has had to bide his time this season and it has been hard for him because he’s not had many minutes,”“He’s played in a couple of reserve games, but he’s found it hard to get in the side, as have a number of other players. At this stage in his development that is difficult for him, I’m sure.”
“With regards to a loan, he’s one that we’re continuing to assess. It is a matter of progress with him and sometimes first- team football is what helps you there, so it’s a possibility.” “But I have emphasised to all of them who aren’t in the team that they have to keep pushing hard for selection. If they do that then the door isn’t shut to anyone.”
“He came back in the summer and his attitude has been very good,”“He worked hard and showed a very good approach in training.” “It is no reflection on his effort or application that we’ve decided to use other players so far.”
It wasn’t Xisco’s fault that Dennis Wuse thought he was worth £5.7M, and the reports we keep hearing about the Spanish striker is that he has a first class and very positive attitude, and only wants to do the very best he can at Newcastle. It’s hard to criticize a player too much with that kind of outlook.
Indeed when he came on as a sub at the beginning of the season on the left wing, he looked quite a decent player, even though he was playing out of position.
Newcastle tried to offload the striker to Racing Santander in the summer, but the La Liga club were not interested enough to make a deal, and we have no idea how much the transfer fee would have been – not much to be sure.
It could be that we’ll see a number of Newcastle players sent out on loan before the season goes too much further and among those who are candidates are Ryan Donaldson, Nike Ranger and of course Xisco.