Are you still here! Newcastle flop Xisco hits hat-trick for reserves… and sets sights on unlikely return
10:18 GMT, 23 October 2012
One of the names associated with the bleakest periods of Newcastle's recent history has claimed he is ready to produce the goods for the club after four forgettable years.
And he's kick-started his new lease of life with a hat-trick for the Toon's second string.
Xisco, a 5.7million signing from Deportivo la Coruna in 2008, has spent much of the last three seasons on loan in his homeland, but stole the show on Monday night in a 5-1 win over Stoke reserves.
Remember me Striker Xisco is ready to finally make an impact for Newcastle
In only his second appearance in the famous black and white shirt in 18 months Xisco showed his class with three smart finishes.
Speaking afterwards, the 26-year-old told the Chronicle: 'Maybe there is a happy chapter still to come for me with Newcastle. In football, these things can happen – all I can do is try my best. We’ll see after that what happens.'
'Sometimes it has been hard here for me. When I came here I was happy to sign, I wanted to play for the first team. I haven’t always had that chance. You train hard, do your best and you don’t get your chance.
'It’s difficult, and you get frustrated. That’s why I tried to go back to Spain each season. When I came here in the first season, it was difficult.
'We had three or four managers, it was my first season and it wasn’t good. It was a bad start in the Premier League for me.
'Then I went back to Spain every year because I felt comfortable there. They gave me the confidence and the chance to play.'
Discussing Toon manager Alan Pardew – Xisco's fourth boss at St James' Park – the Spaniard added: 'He just told me I don’t need to give up. He said to try hard and do my best and that anything can happen.'