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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Personal information
Full name Sylvan Augustus Ebanks-Blake
Date of birth 29 March 1986 (1986-03-29) (age 23)
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1][2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 9
Youth career
Cambridge United
Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2006 Royal Antwerp (loan) 9 (4)
2006–2008 Plymouth Argyle 66 (21)
2008– Wolverhampton Wanderers 81 (38)
National team
2008 England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:34, 15 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:24, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

Sylvan Augustus Ebanks-Blake (born 29 March 1986) is an English football forward, who plays for Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Playing career

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Early career

Born in Cambridge, Ebanks-Blake's first clubs were Cherry Hinton Lions and Fulbourn Falcons in the Cambridge area. He was also on schoolboy terms with Cambridge United, but declined an offer to become a scholar there when a much larger club showed their interest. Despite being a boyhood Liverpool fan, he started his professional career at Manchester United as a youth team player. He played his first match at senior level for the club on 26 October 2004 against Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup. One year later, he scored his first senior level goal for the club against Barnet in another League Cup tie,[3] and was starting to show some good form to prove his potential.

Towards the end of the 2004–05 season, he fractured his leg and was ruled out for the remainder of the season. He recovered and scored a hat-trick on his return for the Manchester United reserves. However, he was never called on for a first team league game again, although he was an unused substitute in several Champions League games. In January 2006, he moved on loan to Royal Antwerp in Belgium to gain first team experience, where he scored four goals in nine matches.

Plymouth Argyle

Ebanks-Blake returned to England in the summer and signed a three year deal with Championship club Plymouth Argyle on 14 July 2006. The fee paid to Manchester United was an initial £200,000, potentially rising to over £300,000 due to clauses. Ebanks-Blake was new manager Ian Holloway's first signing and became a first team regular.

The striker notched up 10 goals in his first season at Argyle, many of which came at the end of the season. He cemented his status as a fan favourite and top prospect with 11 league goals by New Year in the 2007–08 season, despite starting the season on the substitutes bench.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

This form attracted Wolverhampton Wanderers to bid £1.5million in the January transfer window which activated a buy-out clause, and he signed for them on 11 January 2008 in a four-and-a-half year deal.[4] He started well at his new club, scoring seven goals in his first eight games, and being named Championship Player of the Month for March 2008.[5] The season ended with him winning the Golden Boot for the Championship with 23 goals.

The striker began the 2008–09 season in a similar vein, scoring nine goals in the opening 13 league games. He scored a hat-trick, the first of his professional career, against Norwich City on 3 February 2009, to once again reach the 20 goal mark. He was named Championship Player of the Year at the 2009 Football League Awards, and also won the Goal of the Year award for his solo effort at Charlton Athletic in March 2008.[6] Having beaten his previous year's tally, Ebanks-Blake retained the Championship’s Golden Boot award for his 25 goals.

His final goal of the campaign came against Queen's Park Rangers on 18 April 2009, which gave the team the 1-0 win that secured promotion to the Premier League. The season also saw him win a cap for the England under-21 side, when he came on in a friendly against the Czech Republic U21s on 18 November 2008.[7]

In July 2009, Ebanks-Blake signed a one-year contract extension, tying him to the club until July 2013.[8]

In the first period of Wanderers' 2009-10 Premier League season, many Wolves fans hotly anticipated the dual strikeforce of the previous season's Football League Championship's most successful strikers, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle[9]. However, initially Ebanks-Blake failed to find his previous "goal-machine" form, and looking to have suffered from a prolonged injury period at the start of the season and lacking in confidence and match fitness, Ebanks-Blake failed to score in open play for much of the first half of the season, prompting manager Mick McCarthy to eventually drop Ebanks-Blake in favour of a 4-5-1 (4-3-3) formation with Kevin Doyle as a lone attacking spearhead. He has however scored once in the Premier League, from the spot against Aston Villa on 24th October 2009, and remains firmly in McCarthy's thoughts for a return to the first team in the near future[10].

Honours

Club

Manchester United
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Individual

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2004–05 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Royal Antwerp (loan) 2005–06 9 4 - - - - 9 4
Plymouth Argyle 2006–07 41 10 3 0 1 0 45 10
2007–08 25 11 1 1 3 1 29 13
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2007-08 20 12 0 0 0 0 20 12
2008-09 39 25 2 0 2 0 43 25
2009-10 22 1 2 0 1 0 25 1
Totals All 134 62 6 1 8 2 148 65

(as of 1st February 2010)

References

  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda & Rollin, Jack (ed.) (2009). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2009-2010. Headline. p. 556. ISBN 978-0-7553-1948-0. 
  2. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009-10. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 132. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  3. ^ "Man Utd 4-1 Barnet". BBC. 26 October 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/4367004.stm. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ebanks-Blake ties up Wolves move". BBC Sport. 2008-01-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/7181543.stm. 
  5. ^ "Magnificent seven make Sylvan Player of the Month". Football League. http://www.football-league.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Interviews/0,,10794~1285882,00.html. 
  6. ^ "Ebanks-Blake scoops League honour". BBC Sport. 2009-03-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7971194.stm. 
  7. ^ "England U21 2-0 Czech Rep U21". BBC Sport. 2008-11-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7736671.stm. 
  8. ^ "Sylvan Signs". wolves.co.uk (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC). 22 July 2009. http://www.wolves.co.uk/page/News/0,,10307~1730244,00.html. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Success here is measured not simply in terms of goals but rather according to the 08/09 season Actim Index; http://actimindex.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/championship-actim-index-update-7-may/
  10. ^ http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_5873897,00.html

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