David Moyes had reason to be thankful and rueful after watching his West Ham United side twice throw away the lead to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Scot will be thankful that West Ham look capable of scoring lots of goals this season and rueful that they may concede a fair few too if they don’t tighten up.
But he will also be thankful and rueful after the performances of two reported West Ham transfer targets who ended up at Crystal Palace.
The Hammers had been consistently linked with Danish centre-back Joachim Andersen all summer after some decent form for Fulham despite their relegation.
West Ham dodged a bullet not signing awful Andersen
The likes of The Mirror linked West Ham with making a move for the former Lyon man. But it appears Moyes had other ideas, eventually signing Kurt Zouma on Saturday night.
Moyes will have been thankful he did not push for Andersen based on his display against West Ham at the London Stadium.
The Dane was woeful. His passing was terrible – he gave the ball away in dangerous positions several times – he looked nervous and was bullied by Michail Antonio for the second goal.
At one stage Andersen got an ear bashing from former Hammer Cheikhou Kouyate for his continuous hesitation in possession.
But Moyes missed a trick not going for Gallagher
The only shame was that West Ham could not take more of an advantage of Andersen being Palace’s glaring weakness.
If West Ham dodged a bullet by not signing Andersen, they certainly look to have missed a trick but not signing his Palace teammate Conor Gallagher.
The Chelsea academy graduate spent last season on loan at the Hawthorns and won the club’s young player of the year award.
West Ham need more legs in midfield as cover for Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice.
All action midfielder would have provided perfect complement to Soucek and Rice
The brilliant duo cannot play every single game of a jam-packed season. And both looked leggy against Palace after a long summer at the Euros.
England Under 21 star Gallagher was the man of the match as he harassed the West Ham midfield and scored both of Palace’s goals – the second a very well taken effort.
After this season Gallagher has just a year left to run on his Chelsea contract.
So perhaps this performance will stick in Moyes’s mind come next summer as the likes of The Sun claimed Chelsea would accept bids of around £10m for the central midfielder.