Newcastle’s Forgotten Man: Xisco

An all-time poor signing by the club, Xisco had a forgettable and brief stint with Newcastle United.

Continuing our new series on players that may have been forgotten as members of Newcastle United, we look at one of the worst signings in club history: Xisco.

As a 22-year-old, the Spanish striker arrived at Newcastle United from Deportivo La Coruna for less than £10 million. You would have thought he’d become a quality player for the Magpies as he scored in his debut against Hull City at St. James’ Park. But, that would prove to be his only Premier League goal scored.

He only played in five EPL matches that first season, before Newcastle was blocked by FIFA from selling him in the summer. He played in two matches in the Championship before going on loan back to Spain.

In the 2010-11 season, Xisco played in two Premier League matches and registered an assist. But, he was not able to lock down a position in a deep group of strikers. He would be suspended for a red card playing for the U-23 side and departed on loan back to Deportivo in January of that season.

Xisco returned for another season to play limited minutes with the reserves. At the end of January 2013, his contract was terminated and he would sign with Cordoba in the Spanish second division.

He would barely make more it into double-digits in appearances for Newcastle United and is widely considered one of the worst signings in club history.

Where Is He Now?

He is in his second season with Penarol in Uruguay. He scored five times in 11 matches last season and had one goal in three matches this year before play was postponed due to COVID-19.

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