Now this may come as a surprise to some, a shock even, so I suggest you sit down before you continue reading. Ready?
Xisco is actually looking for a new club! I know. Mental isn’t it?
Apparently the 25-year-old is pining for a move back to Deportivo, which could come off if you listen to what his representative has had to say. He claims that contact has been made and that all it requires is the say so of Newcastle for the deal to go ahead. Here is what he had to say on a transfer for Xisco:
“In sport there is contact and there is waiting. The problem is the third part, convincing Newcastle. Let’s see if we leave.”
“Unlike other times when had to wait until the end of the season, this time it has been rapid. We want to resolve his future soon, whoever it is with, but Deportivo would be better.”
I can’t imagine it would be too hard to convince Newcastle to get rid in all honesty. I’d imagine that if they can get a deal which gets his wages off the books then they’ll be all for it as, after all, a rumoured £55,000-a-week in wages translates to a cool £2.8 million a year off the wagebill. Not a bad saving from a player who hasn’t really got a chance of playing for our first team.
You see that last bit is my main problem with Xisco. The only mention he has had has been when Alan Pardew admitted that he was out of shape on his return to pre-season training. Why? Does the lad not want to at least try and impress and convince people to take a look at him again?
I’m still annoyed about the way he faked injury to get a loan move in the relegation season. Yes I can understand why he done it and how he must have felt, but there were better ways he could have gone about it without disrespecting the shirt the club, the fans etc.
He’s been on loan for the last two seasons now and has failed to really impress wherever he has been. He’s scored five goals in those two seasons which isn’t great, although at Deportivo his stats are a bit more respectable – 9 appearances, 2 goals. Perhaps this is what is persuading them to at least look at taking him off our hands permanently?
Whatever happens, happens, but I can’t imagine too many people being sad to see him leave. Some will wonder why we aren’t giving him a chance, but I would counter that with the question of why the five managers he has worked under (Keegan, Kinnear, Shearer, Hughton, Pardew) have all not rated him.
Whether it’s just another loan move or whether this time around it’s a permanent deal remains to be seen, although I personally hope it’s the latter and that we can say ‘Adios’ to the striker.
Goodbye Xisco. You won’t be missed!