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FOR­GOT­TEN man Xisco has begged Alan Pardew to give him one last chance to prove he’s no New­cas­tle flop.

Toon’s Span­ish striker is des­per­ate to fi­nally prove him­self af­ter a night­mare four-year spell on Ty­ne­side.

The 26-year-old is in the fi­nal sea­son of a £30,000-aweek deal that has seen him make only 11 first-team ap­pear­ances since join­ing from De­portivo La Coruna for £5.7mil­lion in 2008.

Pardew is well-stocked up front, with six-goal top scorer Demba Ba backed by Papiss Cisse and the tow­er­ing Ameobi broth­ers, Shola and Sammy.

It’s seen Xisco farmed back on loan to De­portivo twice, with an­other short stint at Rac­ing San­tander dur­ing his ill-fated spell on Toon’s books.

Xisco is re­signed to mov­ing on in the sum­mer, and knows his Premier League chances this sea­son will be lim­ited – he’ll be lucky to get on the bench for more than a hand­ful of games bar­ring a ma­jor in­jury cri­sis.

But the out-of-favour for­ward reck­ons he is ide­ally suited to Toon’s Europa League cam­paign, which sees them host Bel­gian side Club Brugge on Thurs­day.

A win against the group whip­ping-boys would leave them with seven points from three games and with one foot in the next phase.

Xisco pro­vided a timely re­minder of his skills with a stun­ning 29-minute hat-trick for New­cas­tle’s Un­der-21 side in the 5-1 romp against Stoke this week.

And af­ter bag­ging his first goals for the club at any level in more than three years, he said: “New­cas­tle hasn’t worked out well for me, but I still have this sea­son left.

“It’s my last sea­son and I’d like to play and be at my best.


“The man­ager has told me I don’t need to give up. He said to try hard and do my best and that any­thing can hap­pen.

“I love the club, and the city, and I’m com­fort­able with my team-mates.”

Che­ick Tiote is likely to make a rare Europa League ap­pear­ance.

The mid­field en­forcer starts a three-game ban fol­low­ing his red card at Sun­der­land that rules him out of Premier League ac­tion un­til Novem­ber 17.

Steven Tay­lor, Vurnon Anita, Cisse, James Perch, Gabriel Ober­tan and Steve Harper, who were all on the bench for the Wear-Tyne draw, are also set to start in front of an expected 30,000 crowd.

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