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Forgotten Man Recalled By Magpies – Praised By Pardew

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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9 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Its a funny one that Pardew continue to rest Jonas for weekend games, when in actual fact he is not worthy of a starting spot currently.

    Anybody thinking that Jonas will be dropped at any point should forget that thought.

  • nimo

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    i bet the ameobi bros don’t start up top together.. it said every week they will but yet to see it… maybe both start butility sammy on wing..
    santon willo collo fergie
    bigi tiote
    oba abeid sammy

    Would be enough to win for me

  • Colo-Sus

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Hes had to make do with hos 50k per week, poor lad…..I cant imagine how awful that must be.

    In fairness thats was Wise’s fault,

    I hope he gets a chance and gets himself a decent move. His attitude and work ethic clearly merit that.

    I agree on Jonas…….he has been awful this season , he contributes nothing going forward, is a liability on the ball and has lost a yard of pace.

    Marveaux needs a chance tonight, and i hope he finds his form as technically he is a far superior playaer to gutierrez

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #4

    I would just like to point out that this was brought to first by wizard news.

    Rumours are that an extra 2000 tickets will go on sale to the ticketless fans in Brugge today before the game.
    Also, there are many hungover Geordies in Brugge right now based on tweets and texts I’ve been getting.
    In an interview with the journal, Cheik Tiote has said “I’m sorry for the red card, but not for my style of play”

    That was Wizard News at 8:36 (9:36 future time)

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Nimo – shola and sammy are definitely starting according to AP, don’t know what positions though.

  • RonVanDam

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Everybody deserves a second chance. He hasnt played since 2010. He may have come good since then. We wont know until we give him some game time

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Could you imagine if he started banging them in for fun its a long shot, if he has had his head down and worked hard then he deserves to have a crack in the first team.

  • beefman13

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #8

    It was mentioned last night about the squad, the super wizard got the info?

    As i said last night if CAMPBELL is not injured its very hard on him being left out the squad no matter how old he is, you just have to look at the 18 year old lad from celtic last night who was terrific against barcelona playing up front.

    Im happy for xisco that he has knuckled down and earned his spot in the squad but i really thought we would see young adam for 20/25 mins tonight.

  • lloydie780

    Nov 8, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    I have been someone who has knocked the Xisco deal many times. Yet i have always wanted this lad to do well. I hope he does come good. i would love it if he bangeed a few goals for us this season and turned his career round. But i cant see it happening, will be a case of him walking at the end of the season. Writing was on the wall for him and Nacho when they signed all them years ago but i still wanted it to work.


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