West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini will surely have been filled with regret watching former midfielder Edimilson Fernandes in action on Tuesday night.
The Switzerland midfielder was shipped out on loan by Pellegrini in his first season in charge.
And Pellegrini sold the versatile 23-year-old the first chance he got in the summer, to German side Mainz for around £8million.
West Ham fans have been left scratching their heads at the decision to sell the young midfielder.
Pellegrini never fancied Fernandes
Particularly when it left West Ham with ageing flop Carlos Sanchez as the only back-up to Declan Rice.
Fernandes was one of the more impressive signings of the pre-Pellegrini, Mario Husillos era.
But the Chilean clearly did not fancy the young Swiss.
That is despite his versatility, pace, energy and the fact he pops up with the odd goal while also putting in a good shift defensively.
Fernandes showed West Ham and Pellegrini exactly what they are missing with a man of the match display in Switzerland’s crucial 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night.
Versatile star shows West Ham what they are missing with MOTM display
Fernandes was everywhere. Tackling, intercepting, running box-to-box, launching counter attacks and even getting the vital second goal in the dying moments.
Watching Hammers fans would have been left even more baffled by the club’s decision to let him leave.
And with Rice suffering a bout of illness ahead of a tricky trip to Everton this weekend, that transfer clanger could come back to haunt them.
The prospect of Sanchez in midfield and Roberto in goal will send a shudder down the spine of even the most ardent West Ham fan.
Are stingy owners to blame for transfer clanger?
Perhaps Pellegrini was forced to sell his more saleable assets to raise funds for new blood.
If that is the case then the blame for Fernandes’s departure rests squarely at the feet of divisive co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
Let’s hope they were watching on Tuesday night. Fernandes may have not been a world beater.
But he was plenty good enough for West Ham. And a great squad player.
He also has huge potential which you would have expected a manager like Pellegrini to be keen to tap into.
Not West Ham’s finest hour in terms of departures in recent years that is for sure.