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Newcastle boss Hughton challenges Xisco

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton says he's happy to give Xisco a chance.

Xisco, a £5million legacy of the Dennis Wise era, spent last season on loan at Racing Santander but has returned for one last attempt to fight for his future at St James' Park. Hughton is happy to welcome him back to a squad in need of bodies and experience.

The Newcastle boss said: "Xisco has been good in pre-season. We have six strikers who have all been fit in pre-season so it's been a case of shifting them around to give them the minutes they need.

"The difficulty for him is he's playing in a position where we have a lot of options. All he can do is to force the decision. He can put himself in a position to perform and train well.

"He's older now. When he came it was a difficult period for him and the other players. Sometimes the experiences of a foreign player coming here with other strikers in front of you, you don't get a real rhythm.

"I suppose it's a little bit like Leon Best when he came in January with Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands scoring goals for fun. It made it difficult for him to get the minutes on the pitch.

"Xisco played more regularly back in Spain last season, now he must continue to do well in pre-season and force the issue."

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