That the team should be without their marquee signing and Andy Carroll for the opening game – bar a fleeting appearence from the Ecuador international near the end – was unfortunate.
But co chairman David Gold told ClaretandHugh he is convinced the striker will make a huge difference to the side.
He said: “Don’t expect to see an all action player who is running all over the place all the time.
This is a player who conserves energy to produce electric pace which can l cause massive problems to any Premier League defence.
“He can play through the middle or wide and with him and Andy Carroll in the team we can be a serious, serious force. In the meantime he will be a real handful on his own account.”
Gold has regularly maintained the likes of Mauro Zarate, Ravel Morrison and Valencia give the manager plenty of options and game plans.
He said: “We believe we have a squad that can play to various systems. We believe we have a winning squad and one that can entertain – that’s what we are looking for this season.”