xisco3It is now looking likely that we have seen the last of Xisco…not that many of saw much of him in the first place!

Spanish second division club, Cordoba, are looking to take our Spanish striker on loan until the end of the season.

This summer will mark the end of his five year contract and the final departure of a player whose signing summed up the poisonous nature of what was happening at Newcastle United at the time.

Kevin Keegan was manager at the time but to chalk this disastrous purchase down to KK would be about as wide of the mark as one of Xisco’s shots.

This of course was the era when Dennis Wise and others had the final say on purchases and you can only wonder exactly what went on with this signing, Mike Ashley and Newcastle United getting taken for close on £6m for a player who United then struggled to loan to any of the clubs back in Spain, despite being prepared to pay most of his wages.

In the odd appearance he made he looked a real trier, a bit like a modern day Tony Cunningham for fans of a certain vintage. What you heard of him off the pitch as well, suggested he was a canny lad and no bother.

The only problem being that Xisco wasn’t very good at football, which is a bit of a ‘problem’ when you are going to end up costing your club the best part of £20m in transfer fee and wages.

The only positive I can take form this is that when he signed there was mention of an extra £1m due to Deportivo depending on how he got on…I assume he didn’t quite meet that criteria!

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18 comments
fireflyuk
fireflyuk

Wasn't it around this time last season that pardew was spouting off about obertan, telling us how he brilliant he was in training and will be 'un-playable'. He was half right I suppose, you can't play the fella. 

1957
1957

It's unfair to dismiss the young players Abeid, Vuckic, Bigi and Haidara, they simply haven't had a chance to show what they can do as 31 games between them shows. In different circumstances last season and with the previous manager/interim coach still on board Perez would start to become one of the players under discussion. The development of young players at the club has been dreadful for years and over the last four seasons their only chance they really had was in the normal two cup ties a season.

Unless they were an instant success in generally average sides, Pardew cast them aside and moved on.

At the time of his signing Pardew bigged up Marveaux as a player he really wanted but in reality he was a player not suited to Pardew's high tempo long ball game, is he seriously not as good as Sammy? The fact Obertan and Sammy have played so many games illustrates Pardew and Carver's ineptitude.

If McClaren can only get a couple of these players in or around the first team on a regular basis he will have improved on Pardew and his mottly crew of arrogant bullies.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

I think that every one of those players should be given a chance under the new coaching structure.  I think the likes of Abeid, Marveaux, Obertan and Gouffran have all had good games for us, but are all more attacking players and were too often asked to play as a holding winger or some such nonsense. 

Gouffran is a prime example, he was bought as a striker and Pardew used him instead of Jonas to be a winger who tracked back and covered the defence.  Would you buy Messi and stick him in a holding midfielder role??  The players listed do certainly have their limitations, but when the manager actively avoids playing to their strength you can't expect them to work miracles.

I highly suspect they would not make the impact we need anyway, but it's harsh to bag them out because of tactical ineptitude by the former manager/coaches. 

jim3maxwell
jim3maxwell

Accept your point but wonder if there is not a sub-text about players who looked as if they could have been good enough, and,  if we're honest, were for a time (Gouffran,, Marvaux and maybe Anita) but were let down by the inept way our players were trained, coached and employed tactically. The many problems at Newcastle are institutional. We need to point the blame at the organisation and running of the club rather than the scapegoats.

KenChambers
KenChambers

More of the same from Ashley. He spoke about bolting the horse to the cart - that makes a carthorse which is exactly what he will buy for us again - carthorses !!

2 Tone
2 Tone

Not sure what the hell all those digits were all about!!!

2 Tone
2 Tone

All a matter of opinion of course but to me you're completely wrong. Everything I've seen from Abeid , Bigi and Marveuax from day one cries out that they were (are) good footballers. Sadly they fell under the spell of Pardew and Carver who have not got a clue how to develop talent.

McLaren is (was)?a good coach who I really do believe COULD get the best out of them.

Like 3 new signings indeed😆

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

The shirt doesn't shrink to fit inferior players.... unless it came from Spo*ts Dir**t.....

mentalman
mentalman

The majority of the players named are young lads who were only given a chance when there was no other option and then immediately dropped when a square peg returned

Every player on that list deserves a chance under a decent coach

Andgeo
Andgeo

The only criticism I have of haidara is his first touch. The horror tackle of mcmenemin could have been avoided if he had taken better control of the ball (not condoning, the player (it was a shocking tackle), Martinez or their twit chairman) and he has come close to the same since with bad first touches.

Andgeo
Andgeo

Nowt wrong with abeid, marveux, haidara or vukic. Just havnt been given the chances to impress. Particularly while the rest are so shyte!

2 Tone
2 Tone

Completely agree.

SeanLynch
SeanLynch

Bigi was playing every week, was seen as an ideal replacement from the inconsistently good but consistently fouling Tiote, his performances week by week were improving and whilst no world beater he was far and away a better cm than Willo is defender! 


As for Abeid, I think he's made possibly 3 or 4 mistakes on the pitch while playing for us, has impressed the majority of the time and only looks to be missing match practice. The lad is also set-piece specialist yet was always denied the opportunity to take them by Raylor or Cabella, who's attempts were 

consistently horrendous.Must be pointed out he was good enough to get into double figures at Panathinaikos and was wanted by them to play in the Champion's League, lack of funds being the only stumbling block.
A decent manager and trainer instead of the dross we've had may well have molded these lads into quality stars instead of also rans.
I'd add Haidara and Sammy to those above too

zemtex
zemtex

Sammy is the only person I've seen put in a cross from the left in about 5 years!

ellislbw
ellislbw

@zemtex You obviously didn't see Jonas's cross for the first goal against West Ham then ?

Jievo
Jievo

Haidara and Abeid both ought to be around the club, and Sammy too. All three have shown flashes of real promise and I don't see why anybody slates Haidara - nothing extraordinary about him, sure, but more reliable in defence than Santon ever was and more of a modern attacking fullback than Dummett, who belongs at centre half. If we can get a top LB, then sure, he's a squad player, but for now he's more than worth a starting XI place, more than most in our current lineup. Abeid and Sammy are more contentious, both have promise and ability but no consistency - for Abeid I'm afraid I'm still blaming the Pardew/Carver dynasty's unwillingness to play youth however dire the senior options and however well the youngsters play. And that leaves Sammy... I agree, not a player for the top half of the league, but who can forget the form he showed in our brief run of quality last season? I for one would like to see him under a proper coach, either he makes it or he doesn't but he deserves a shot, and we could have much worse for cover.


As for the rest, no complaints from me, a lot of dross who need replaced.

2 Tone
2 Tone

Forgot to mention in earlier post but again agree about Haidara. Energy, pace, a great left foot, any halfway decent coach and he'd be a belter.

amacdee
amacdee

Squidward is an embarrassment to this club. If the Fatman had any sense whatsoever he'd have included the baldy headed waster in the compo package when Pardwho joined Palace. After all he was the grey haired numpries signing.