Newcastle United were even more of a wreck ten years ago than they are now, and poor little unsuspecting Xisco was at the forefront of the problems.
Take yourselves back to 2008, Newcastle fans. The iPhone 3G – the second in the series – had just been released, Manchester United won the league and Champions League, Britney Spears broke down, Barack Obama was elected president, and more importantly, Kevin Keegan walked away from the Newcastle United job never to return to St. James’ Park or management.
Well, some of you may remember that fateful day a certain player by the name of Xisco signed the dotted line on his Newcastle contract. And if you don’t, it basically sparked mass protests outside the ground that required extensive police presence to ensure Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Derek Llambias weren’t butchered on the spot French Revolution-style.
He didn’t stand a chance, really.
Admittedly, we’d be being really, really harsh if we said he was a terrible player. He wasn’t, not by any means. A goal on his Newcastle debut, and a cheeky little pass to Andy Carroll to allow the big man to complete a hat-trick against whipping boys Aston Villa. The talent was evidently there…sort of. We would argue that it would be much fairer to say that the Spaniard was an incredibly average player stuck in a whirlwind controversy; the wrong place at the wrong time and all that jazz.
Indeed, his shortcomings were highlighted, projected and ridiculed by the footballing world. While he would have simply slipped into obscurity under any normal circumstances, he was hung, drawn and quartered by the angry and disenchanted Newcastle faithful, and to this day remains on the list of a lot of peoples worst ever Premier League signings.
He did win a domestic title in Thailand with Muathong United some years later in 2017, so maybe we all gave him a bit too much stick, hey. Or maybe not.
Newcastle United fans, why were you unhappy with the Xisco signing? Has the club improved since then? Let us know in the comments below…
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