The mysterious case of NUFC’s Francisco Jiménez Tejada

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Xisco takes a drink at a Newcastle United training session

#### Xisco - Clearly not in Alan Pardew's plans for the 2012/13 Premier League season

There aren't many cases stranger than Xisco's career at Newcastle United.

The Spanish forward signed from Deportivo, on Dennis Wise's recommendation, for a reported fee of £5.75m in the autumn of 2008. Shortly after he signed for NUFC, our manager at the time - Kevin Keegan - resigned after another player had been brought in, without him having much of a say in the matter. Since then, Xisco went on to make an amazing 9 appearances, and score a grand total of 1 goal. Emile Heskey would be proud. The most memorable of Xisco's appearances came at home to Aston Villa on our return to the Premier League. He assisted Andy Carroll with a lovely through ball to complete his hattrick, and helped repay Villa's favour after they sent us down a year previous. That one assist will forever live on with in the Geordie folklore.

Since then, and after Hughton's successful stint in charge of the club - he failed to make any more competitive appearances. He was loaned back to Deportivo for the second season in a row this year, where he trebled his NUFC tally in just 16 games. Before that, he had a season at Racing Santander where he also grabbed a couple of goals. To say he isn't wanted at Newcastle, is very much an understatement.

But just how bad can Xisco actually be?!

He was signed based on his potential, and surely you'd think he would be good enough to play for a Premier League team at the very least. There has been many rumours surrounding him, with the most believable being the talk that we would have to pay Deportivo even more money if he kept racking up appearances at St.James’ Park. As well that, he's reported to be on £50,000 a week, which is quite staggering if true.

As you can see from the picture at the top of this article; Xisco returned for pre-season training and can been seen taking a breather while Pardew explains tactics to other first team members. What I can gather from Alan's body language is that he's singing the praises of Shola, and his performances against Sunderland. I could be wrong though. 😀

With all the talk of Andy Carroll coming back to Newcastle, you really have to feel that Xisco won't be on our books much longer. No one seems like they'll take a gamble on him, even though we're probably only looking for a million quid to salvage some of our lost wages on him.

I have no doubt that he can score goals in a certain type of system where he'd start regularly - and could well be a decent signing for a newly promoted side such as Reading. They seem to want most of our decent players and already signed Guthrie so maybe Xisco could strike up a good partnership with the midfielder and keep the side in the Premier League? 😀

Either way, poor Francisco Jiménez Tejada doesn't have a future at Newcastle and despite the fact he collects huge wages each week without doing very much, you have to feel for him. He feels isolated and you don't seem him congregating with many of the other squad that much. The move wasn't his fault we have to remember that.

The fact he was being loaned back to his former club after we dished out quite a bit for his signature is very similar to Andy Carroll's potential situation at Newcastle United - just on a far, far smaller scale finance-wise. Maybe Liverpool would take Xisco and £12m for AC?..

Personally, I would have liked to have seen Xisco feature more for Newcastle, because we never really got to see how good/bad he actually is. He couldn't have been much worse than Mark Viduka towards the end of that season, could he?

We hope Xisco's future is resolved soon, and that he can move on with his career & we can move on with our money. Here's hoping.

Comments welcome as always 🙂

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