Xisco to have no place in Hughton’s plan

CHRIS Hughton says on-loan Spanish striker Xisco has no place in his Newcastle United Premier League plans – and he will let him leave in the summer.

CHRIS Hughton says on-loan Spanish striker Xisco has no place in his Newcastle United Premier League plans – and he will let him leave in the summer.

The former Spain Under-21 forward is out on loan at Racing Santander, where he has scored twice in 19 games, but is set to return to St James’ Park at the end of the season.

The £5.7million man has struggled for form back in the Primera Liga and United will have to write off most of the money they spent on the striker – but that is something Hughton is prepared to do if it means the striker is off the books.

Xisco was one of the controversial Dennis Wise signings that pushed Kevin Keegan over the edge as United boss, and the 23-year-old has barely played in black and white since. “He’s a player we were prepared to let go a year ago I don’t see too much has changed since then,” said Hughton.

“We’ve spoken to him during the season and we’d have to speak to him at the end of the season, see how he’s enjoyed his spell there whether he still wants to remain in Spain, but I don’t see too much having changed there.”

Possibly following Xisco out of the exit door at St James’ Park in the summer will be Fraser Forster – but for very different reasons.

The young goalkeeper has been outstanding for Norwich this season, helping the Canaries back into the Championship at the first attempt. He was hailed as “world class” by Norwich manager Paul Lambert, who said Forster was the best under-21 goalkeeper in the country.

However, he will return to Newcastle at the end of the season to find his path to the first team blocked by Steve Harper – one of United’s players of the season.

That will be difficult to take for the 22-year-old, who has played 35 games in League One this season, and Hughton says he will consider letting him go out on loan again next term, possibly, with a return to Norwich one option.

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