If you put Demba Ba to one side for a moment, you have Krul, Tiote and Cisse with five years left on their contracts, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye and Steven Taylor with four years, while Jonas and Hatem Ben Arfa have three.

When you consider that most of those players, Tiote, Coloccini, Jonas, Taylor and Krul all had their contracts successfully extended in the last eighteen months then that is some switched on business.

It is really quite remarkable and certainly hats off to Ashley that pretty much all of our best players have been tied up on long contracts. A bit of a contrast to when those on big contracts and big wages ended up in jail (Barton) and/or happy to see out their fat contracts with nothing to contribute (Alan Smith).

Unfortunately the one big (Spanish?!!) fly still in the ointment is Xisco who has a foot in both eras, of absolutely no use and a year still left on his contract. I’d love to know exactly how that signing/contract came about, I bet it doesn’t make pleasant reading.

One year left for XiscoNewcastle United pay up to £7m for this up and coming Spanish superstar striker and give him a five year contract and big wages, then when it’s decided Xisco doesn’t ‘fit in’ (in other words, hopeless!) at St.James’ Park and offer him back to clubs in Spain with massively subsidised wages, he struggles to get a game. Hmmm. I smell a rat, or for those of you with memories of another great Spanish export (Manuel in Fawlty Towers), maybe more of a ‘Siberian Hamster’!

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  • ballerfan2

    When you think he is still earning form Newcastle 3 times what Danny Simpson gets it puts things in sharp focus.

  • This is why a Wage structure is so important. We need organized groups in the wage departments. Many other clubs have the wage structure in place and the players know what the deal is when they sign. Yes I am sure Simpson look to Xisco and Smith with envy but that are players that came in another era of Newcastle. A Newcastle that was thrown into championship. I have to say it was the best thing that could happen. We got the heart, we got the economy sorted out. Now lets go and get the players for another wonderful season.

  • Archie Brand

    The Xisco (and Gonzales) deal was allegedly part of an agreement  cooked up between Jiminez and Wise with a spanish agent .
    Signing Xisco and Nacho were supposed to be acts of good will (or “sweeteners”) to get the agents attention thereby guaranteeing preferential treatment for Newcastle and a string of  quality signings in the future.
    Unfortunately we never made it to the “future”