Ebanks-Blake Plays Down Town Links Monday, 31st Dec 2012 09:33
Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has dismissed suggestions that he might be reunited with his former boss Mick McCarthy at Portman Road during the January transfer window. The 26-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has repeatedly been linked with the Blues, along with his team-mates Ronald Zubar and Richard Stearman.
Ebanks-Blake told the Birmingham Mail: “I suppose because I worked with Mick McCarthy here, someone was bound to link me with Ipswich. And I was with Ian Holloway at Plymouth, so that’s probably why there has been a mention of Palace as well.
“Anyone could write those stories any day of the week without even speaking to the managers. There’s nothing in them as far as I know.
“I’m relatively young but I have an old-school mentality. I’m not going to kick down the door and ask for a new contract. I’m working and training hard and I’ve always enjoyed my time at Wolves. If I’m rewarded further down the line, that’s great.”
Securing current top scorer DJ Campbell on a permanent contract is likely to be Blues manager McCarthy's priority during January, however, QPR boss Harry Redknapp appears certain to take the 31-year-old back to Loftus Road at least for the short term when his loan is up on Saturday, which may see Town look elsewhere for another striker.
Mick was asked about the availability of the loanees for the FA Cup on Friday and he said he didn't know but he didn't expect they would be. Will see if I can get that clarified at today's press conference.
The way DJ is.playing I think I'd rather have him although the again, Ebanks-Blake? No complaints either way. I think we need to keep scouting young players, like Mings, but maybe trying to get a striker as well.
Sad o look like losing DJ, but E-Blake looks like he talks a lot of sense. It would be really easy for him to try and win a big financial windfall by moving to Ipswich (if not wages, then a least a signing-on fee) so like Wickets said, nice to see someone being loyal.
Although E-B has had a couple of good years, I'm not sure he's quite the kind of 20-goal a season that DJ looks to be. Obviously a higher level, but he really struggled in the Premier League.
That said, just who comes in if DJ goes? He's been a huge part of our recent good form. Worried!
I will be gutted to see DJ go. Its so nice to have a reliable goal scorer in the team. I certainly cant see Chops, Murphy or Scotland ever matching that, although Scotland never really gets a proper spell in the team. I think we should pull all the stops for DJ. Without him we are pretty shocking upfront!
“I’m relatively young but I have an old-school mentality. I’m not going to kick down the door and ask for a new contract. I’m working and training hard and I’ve always enjoyed my time at Wolves. If I’m rewarded further down the line, that’s great.” I guess it's always why a player chooses to say something like that to the media. Wolves have players on premier league contracts, they have parachute payments, they had 28,000 in on Saturday. Likewise DJ will be paid very well while at Portman Road on loan. Remains to be seen whether we can get proven goalscorers like that here. A lot down to ME putting his money where it's most likely to work. A lot down to players wanting to come here and play for MM.
When we where shocking up front, we played loan striker and where pretty shocking everywhere,now we are playing as a team defending from the front contesting every ball and looking good everywhere,whoever we have up front now has a good chance of looking good. Dont panic IF DJ goes,it not just about one player.
Ebanks-Blakes goal scoring record is very patchy in the Premiership but I think he would thrive in the Championsip in our current team. He is about 5 years younger than Campbell too. I really really want DJ to stay for obvious reasons (10 in 16 is prolific) but signing SEB would make losing him much easier to take.
Looking at QPR, they have Cisse, Zamora (out until February) , Andrew Johnson (out for the season) and Jamie Mackie in their first team squad and then Hulse, Bothroyd and DJ out on loan. What a mess 'Arry has inherited at Loftus Road!!! Cisse hasn't looked prolific like he did when he came in at the end of last season (4 goals in 19 games this term); Jamie Mackie is not an out and out striker (scored 7 last season, 2 so far this season); Zamora and Johnson out injured; Bothroyd has scored 1 in 14 in the Championship; while Hulse has 3 goals in 14 games at Charlton.
While it's likely Redknapp will bring in a couple of his own strikers (if permitted), DJ's record will definitely see him recalled :( They may even be thinking they will need him in the Championsip next year. I'm sure DJ would rather stay with us and enjoy scoring goals in a rapidly improving side but it looks very unlikely I'm afraid.
Quote: “Anyone could write those stories any day of the week without even speaking to the managers. There’s nothing in them as far as I know."
As far as I know? In fact what SEB says here, is that his agent might well be looking around to find him a new club. Which is perfectly normal, knowing that you only have a couple of months of your contract remaining. If Wolves would have already told SEB that they want to sit down with him and have contract talks, I'd say he would have answered this question differently.
Then again, I might be looking for clues that aren't there.... :-)
Lets not forget that we have another striker who's out for the season. Taylor isn't it? He got good reviews when he came. He's another one for next season and JET is being worked on as a front man too. I don't think we need to panic if DJ goes although it would be nice to sign him up.
I am wary about saying we should do all we can to sign a player over 30 who has done well on loan after Bullard. We shouldn't offer him a huge contract in case his form drops after signing permanently - an asset can quickly turn into a liability as we know. It seems QPR will want him back, so perhaps it is best to look again at Campbell in the summer if he becomes a free agent. We could weigh up the benfits of him, Ebanks-Blakes and others in the summer.
We do indeed have Chopra and Emmanuel-Thomas as realistic options with Murphy, but I can't see Scotland or Murray featuring again. Perhaps a new striker on loan is called for until Taylor gets fit.
Are there any hot shots in the lower leagues who would be worth a look?
The thing for me is if DJ goes back and we get Ebanks-Blake then I would feel we would need another striker because I dont see Ebanks-Blake as a DJ type of player, more of a Scotland kind and I'm not sure that would be ideal in a partnership with Murphy because they would be too similar. Maybe a more pacey Darren Bent type forward would be more the kind of criteria, I know Murphys loan ends at the end of the season but I think Mick is keen to get him permanently because he seems to be a different player under him.
MM may try to "make do" until the very end of the window , in the hope of getting DJ back, but thats a risk or time that he may not want to take as a n option.
I notice 'Arry has at no point made ant reference to DJ when he's talked about his squad and refers to when he gets back Zamora...to me that says DJ does not have a career left at QPR and at best will only be "made use of " in the short term. He may want to opt for us