Sam Allardyce will be expected to show the team’s “new attacking style” when the team arrive at Hull for their next game.
We were told today by one senior source today: “We have a squad for all occasions now and we expect to go away and show attacking enterprise starting at Hull.
“We expect to have Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho available so we should be at somewhere close to full strength.
“And with Alex Song coming in we expect the team to be hard to be beat and to drive forward home and away.
“We also expect to have James Collins back for the Hull match and there is a chance that Matt Jarvis will be available so we have plenty of attacking options.
“Last season we were something of a one trick pony but the manager has been working on a new way forward and we are expecting to see an attacking game at Hull. Things have changed – expectations are different.”