Connor Wickham played 45 minutes for Crystal Palace just hours after signing from Sunderland, but his new club fell 1-0 to League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge in a preseason friendly on Monday night.
Wickham started and nearly opened his Palace account 21 minutes but saw his shot saved by goalkeeper Mark Cousins.
Dag & Red found the breakthrough in the 75th minute when Aaron McLean scored home a rebound from an Alex McCarthy save.
When you wish really hard for something and it doesn't happen, anything else just seems underwhelming. That's exactly what's happened at Crystal Palace this week. After a month of hoping that Loic Remy or Charlie Austin would be joining, the Eagles instead have unveiled Connor Wickham.
It's not a bad signing, but it certainly ranks as one of the more underwhelming transfers in Palace's history. But when you take a closer look at Wickham, you'll find a footballer with a lot of potential.
Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has signed for Crystal Palace on a five-year deal.
Wickham, 22, struggled for a regular role at the Stadium of Light since signing from Ipswich Town for £8 million in 2011, but signed a new four-year deal in December.
Reports suggested that Palace manager Alan Pardew...
Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is a target for Crystal Palace, the Eagles' manager Alan Pardew has confirmed.
Wickham, 22, has struggled for a regular role at the Stadium of Light since signing from Ipswich Town for £8 million in 2011, but signed a new four-year deal in December.
Reports on Friday suggested Palace had agreed a £10m deal with Sunderland for Wickham, and Pardew is confident of sealing the young striker's signature.
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"Connor is somebody we feel will be great for the club...