Xisco was never given time to prove his worth on Tyneside

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Xisco will depart Tyneside this Summer

First of all, a huge congratulations to Newcastle United for winning the Coca Cola Championship and indeed lifting it at St.James’ Park today in front of a massive 52,000 fans. The attendance puts Sunderland’s and indeed many more Premier League club’s to shame and just shows what a footballing town Newcastle Upon-Tyne really is. Before the match, Chris Hughton announced that Xisco would not be in his plans for the upcoming Premier League campaign and he indeed expects the Spaniard to move on.

It’s disappointing to see Xisco moving on so quickly, mainly because he was never given a chance to prove his worth at the club. He arrived in very controversial circumstances and arrived at the club without the managers permission.

From Xisco signing, we’ve saw Keegan resign, Dennis Wise leave his role and Newcastle United relegated to the Coca Cola Championship. However, after a loan stint at Racing, which has so far seen him get 2 goals in nearly twenty appearances, Xisco is set to return the again, Premier League side.

Speaking to the Journal, Hughton said :

‘He’s a player we were prepared to let go a year ago,’

‘I don’t see much has changed since then. _

_ ‘We’ll see whether he wants to remain in Spain. He’s contracted to us, so if he did come back he’d be a Newcastle player and we’d judge him on the merits of what we saw.’

Mike Ashley dished out £5.75m for this lad but there’s reports that if he plays one more game for Newcastle we’ll have to hand over the full amount, or something of the likes. His transfer to Newcastle brought a lot of confusion and dare I say it, grief.

That said, I think he could be quite a good striker give the chance. He could well score goals for Newcastle and who knows, could revel up-front in the upcoming Premier League season. I just feel we haven’t given him a chance and for nearly £6m, he’s need to be given one.

Who knows though, as Hughton himself has said, there prepared to let him go at the earliest opportunity.

Anyway, what a great day for Newcastle United FC, the fans, the city and indeed North-East football. We’re back up in the Premier League and have finally lifted a trophy, after years of waiting. We’re also back to challenge Sunderland for North-East supremacy and even better, we’ll be meeting Hull City on the way down 😀

On a side note, it’s ironic to see Iain Dowie being partly responsible for bringing two side down into the Coca Cola Championship. AH well, he tried, let’s not worry about it eh?

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Ian: ⏱ 24/04/2010

I guess you forgot about us winning this trophy 17 years a go meaning it's been 17 years since we won some silverware not 50 years plus we have the fairs cup in that time as well.

jimmybobnufc: ⏱ 24/04/2010

Not forgeting the Inter 2 Bob Cup or shud we 4 get it???? Ian dowie being relagated with 2 clubs in the space of 10 months not good 4 the cv i bet HWTL CHAMPIONS WHAT A BUZZ 4 A CHANGE

Ian: ⏱ 24/04/2010

I guess you forgot about us winning this trophy 17 years a go meaning it's been 17 years since we won some silverware not 50 years plus we have the fairs cup in that time as well.

jimmybobnufc: ⏱ 24/04/2010

Not forgeting the Inter 2 Bob Cup or shud we 4 get it???? Ian dowie being relagated with 2 clubs in the space of 10 months not good 4 the cv i bet HWTL CHAMPIONS WHAT A BUZZ 4 A CHANGE

DaveB: ⏱ 24/04/2010

Four managers saw him, four managers did not rate him. Thats good enough for me. If these four in Keegan, Hughton, Shearer and Kinnear saw him day in day out in training and couldn't even give him a place on the bench then the question of whether we should have him in the PL shouldn't even be asked! Get a million or so and move on...

DaveB: ⏱ 25/04/2010

Four managers saw him, four managers did not rate him. Thats good enough for me. If these four in Keegan, Hughton, Shearer and Kinnear saw him day in day out in training and couldn't even give him a place on the bench then the question of whether we should have him in the PL shouldn't even be asked! Get a million or so and move on...

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 25/04/2010

"Four managers saw him, four managers did not rate him. Thats good enough for me" Absolutely right. Are we forgetting he admitted to faking an injury to get away??! Are we forgetting that whilst everyone else was playing in Scunthorpe on a cold Tuesday night he was skipping the season in Spain? No thanks, should never be allowed back into Benton. The above doesnt take his ability into account...when i've seen him for Racing he's been out of the game and uninterested. No thanks...bye bye

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 25/04/2010

"Four managers saw him, four managers did not rate him. Thats good enough for me" Absolutely right. Are we forgetting he admitted to faking an injury to get away??! Are we forgetting that whilst everyone else was playing in Scunthorpe on a cold Tuesday night he was skipping the season in Spain? No thanks, should never be allowed back into Benton. The above doesnt take his ability into account...when i've seen him for Racing he's been out of the game and uninterested. No thanks...bye bye

Mick: ⏱ 25/04/2010

I agree with the article, he never got a chance to prove himself while he was here! I think his move to us could be seen as a bad decision for both parties, if you want to give someone the blame though, then Dennis Wise took both this club and the player for a ride! Hopefully we can get some of our money back from what was a disastrous transfer!

Mick: ⏱ 25/04/2010

I agree with the article, he never got a chance to prove himself while he was here! I think his move to us could be seen as a bad decision for both parties, if you want to give someone the blame though, then Dennis Wise took both this club and the player for a ride! Hopefully we can get some of our money back from what was a disastrous transfer!

nufc: ⏱ 25/04/2010

will phil brown be still singing now?..haha..hull city are all but confirmed down.. they may be able to hold on their bpl status for another season but they cannot hold on for too long..retribution..singing at kc stadium..when the final whistle is gone at villa park...dont ever come back hull city.. instead i feel that burnley and portsmouth have more quality than hull.. dont everyone think so? as for 5.7mil paid for xisco..how i wish we can recoup back..at this time..6 mil can buy more than a decent player i thought..right?

toonsy: ⏱ 25/04/2010

Get shot of him. Never been rated by any manager we had, even Kinnear! Faked injury to get away and is on a fair wage packet. That said, I think he was a victim of circumstance at the time. I think he knew he would never really be accepted and he would be viewed as one of the reasons that started the whole Keegan affair and would always be viewed as a Dennis Wise signing.

Mick: ⏱ 25/04/2010

We will never get back the 6mil we paid for Xisco! I for one hope he goes and makes a name for himself somewhere else, possibly back in Spain. He was as much as a victim of circumstances at the time and will probably be glad to leave us. His Newcastle nightmare is over. Hopefully we,ve all learnt a lesson from this, and won,t make the same mistake again!

nufc: ⏱ 25/04/2010

will phil brown be still singing now?..haha..hull city are all but confirmed down.. they may be able to hold on their bpl status for another season but they cannot hold on for too long..retribution..singing at kc stadium..when the final whistle is gone at villa park...dont ever come back hull city.. instead i feel that burnley and portsmouth have more quality than hull.. dont everyone think so? as for 5.7mil paid for xisco..how i wish we can recoup back..at this time..6 mil can buy more than a decent player i thought..right?

toonsy: ⏱ 25/04/2010

Get shot of him. Never been rated by any manager we had, even Kinnear! Faked injury to get away and is on a fair wage packet. That said, I think he was a victim of circumstance at the time. I think he knew he would never really be accepted and he would be viewed as one of the reasons that started the whole Keegan affair and would always be viewed as a Dennis Wise signing.

Mick: ⏱ 25/04/2010

We will never get back the 6mil we paid for Xisco! I for one hope he goes and makes a name for himself somewhere else, possibly back in Spain. He was as much as a victim of circumstances at the time and will probably be glad to leave us. His Newcastle nightmare is over. Hopefully we,ve all learnt a lesson from this, and won,t make the same mistake again!

Maggiepie: ⏱ 25/04/2010

Has he set the world on fire whilst on loan, like (say) Fraser Foster? Not that I've heard - so when has he done anything? Don't think he's shown even as much as Leon Best (and that's saying something!)

UTD111: ⏱ 25/04/2010

I'm sure Man Ure or Chelski will be desperate to clinch his signing now he's released :)

Steven: ⏱ 25/04/2010

We've tried Spain, it didn't work (2 in 20 is crap) so next move IMO is to send him on loan within England and hope he settles somewhere. Loan him out to Middlesbrough next season, keeps him in the region, keeps him in the English style of football and possibly gets him going with goals. If someone like Blackpool get promoted via the play-offs IMO it would definitely be a good idea to loan him out if they'd take him; they'd have nothing to lose but a squad space, so could be a realistic option as no one will buy him, and even taking him for free is questionable due to his reported wages.

Maggiepie: ⏱ 25/04/2010

Has he set the world on fire whilst on loan, like (say) Fraser Foster? Not that I've heard - so when has he done anything? Don't think he's shown even as much as Leon Best (and that's saying something!)

UTD111: ⏱ 25/04/2010

I'm sure Man Ure or Chelski will be desperate to clinch his signing now he's released :)

Steven: ⏱ 25/04/2010

We've tried Spain, it didn't work (2 in 20 is crap) so next move IMO is to send him on loan within England and hope he settles somewhere. Loan him out to Middlesbrough next season, keeps him in the region, keeps him in the English style of football and possibly gets him going with goals. If someone like Blackpool get promoted via the play-offs IMO it would definitely be a good idea to loan him out if they'd take him; they'd have nothing to lose but a squad space, so could be a realistic option as no one will buy him, and even taking him for free is questionable due to his reported wages.

rousey: ⏱ 25/04/2010

xisco, is he a singer or a footballer. no one is sure. In my opinion he is none of the above. like his name suggests he must be a cowboy. the xisco kid. what a joke.

rousey: ⏱ 25/04/2010

xisco, is he a singer or a footballer. no one is sure. In my opinion he is none of the above. like his name suggests he must be a cowboy. the xisco kid. what a joke.

al-k-traz: ⏱ 25/04/2010

He was given enough time to show that he is a donkey, a massive error of the Wise regime, and a total waste of money. Chris Hughton surely has no axe to grind with the player, and the fact he was prepared to release him says everything for me. Good luck to the lad, but it won't be in the PL.

al-k-traz: ⏱ 25/04/2010

He was given enough time to show that he is a donkey, a massive error of the Wise regime, and a total waste of money. Chris Hughton surely has no axe to grind with the player, and the fact he was prepared to release him says everything for me. Good luck to the lad, but it won't be in the PL.

Killy Mag: ⏱ 26/04/2010

I once had a bit craic with him in a bar in Jesmond when the Toon match was on the sky. He had been left out the squad, could've travelled but didn't, and was sat getting hammered on his tod instead. Signing autographs and complaining about how he should be in the team, how unfair it was etc... If we can recoup £2m on him i'd be happy!

Killy Mag: ⏱ 26/04/2010

I once had a bit craic with him in a bar in Jesmond when the Toon match was on the sky. He had been left out the squad, could've travelled but didn't, and was sat getting hammered on his tod instead. Signing autographs and complaining about how he should be in the team, how unfair it was etc... If we can recoup £2m on him i'd be happy!

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Neil: ⏱ 27/04/2010

I do think we have a bit of form for not really giving some of our signings a fair chance, whether by not playing them in the first team or playing them out of position etc. Luque and Viana never really got a fair crack of the whip either. A little while ago I made the point on another thread on this site that we should not underestimate just how difficult it is for foreign players to adapt to playing in a new team in a new league, and living in an unfamiliar country with an unfamiliar culture – especially for those that don’t even speak the language. I’ve often wondered whether NUFC do enough to help a new player to settle - I suspect probably not.

Neil: ⏱ 27/04/2010

I do think we have a bit of form for not really giving some of our signings a fair chance, whether by not playing them in the first team or playing them out of position etc. Luque and Viana never really got a fair crack of the whip either. A little while ago I made the point on another thread on this site that we should not underestimate just how difficult it is for foreign players to adapt to playing in a new team in a new league, and living in an unfamiliar country with an unfamiliar culture – especially for those that don’t even speak the language. I’ve often wondered whether NUFC do enough to help a new player to settle - I suspect probably not.