Valencia grabbed seven minutes of action against Spurs on Saturday – showing himself to be a real presence even in that short period.
And ClaretandHugh has learned that Carl Jenkinson had been expected to play but failed to pass a late fitness test.
A source told us: “Carl looked sorted and it was a surprise when he failed to get through the test although hopefully he should be ready for this weekend. ”
Allardyce said: “When everyone is fit our squad runs at the same level as most teams around our level.”