£5.7m ex-Newcastle man Xisco is Cordoba's 'salvation' after 10-goal season

Former Newcastle United striker Xisco has his career back on track in Spain.

The name Xisco will not evoke overly positive memories for Newcastle United fans, who saw the side splash out on the Spaniard for very little return.

At a cost of £5.7 million and £50,000 per week wages, he spent four-and-a-half years contracted to the club, scoring only one first team goal, despite occasional promise shown in the under-21 side.

His contract was terminated 18 months ago and the former Deportivo striker signed with Cordoba, a Spanish second division side.

Fast forward to the present, and Xisco is being hailed as a key part of a side aiming to stay in La Liga after a nail-biting promotion campaign.

The 28-year-old was name checked by sporting director Pedro Cordero, report AS.com, as of real importance to the side: "We are very pleased with the squad we have. I'm Sure Xisco, Havenaar and Ghilas will score goals to give us salvation."

His faith is not without reason. Xisco stunned those who wrote him off last season with a real turnaround in form.

He scored 10 goals for Cordoba to help them to promotion, wears their number nine shirt, and was even awarded the captaincy on two occasions.

A former Spanish under-21 international, he has featured in both of Cordoba's La Liga games so far including the opener against a star-studded Real Madrid.

Whether he really can cut it in La Liga will be the acid test of whether he has bounced back, but Cordoba see enough to put their faith in him to have a telling contribution in helping them retain their top flight status.

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