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The End For Newcastle United’s £20m Man

8 years ago

It 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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