Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
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Ebanks-Blake playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012
Personal information
Full name Sylvan Augustus Ebanks-Blake[1]
Date of birth (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1999–2002 Cambridge United
2002–2004 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)
2008–2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers 177 (61)
2013–2014 Ipswich Town 9 (0)
National team
2008 England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:52, 17 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Sylvan Augustus Ebanks-Blake (born 29 March 1986) is an English professional footballer who is currently a free agent and plays as a striker.

He played youth team football for Cambridge United and Manchester United before making his professional debut in 2004. A spell on loan with Royal Antwerp followed before Ebanks-Blake was transferred to Plymouth Argyle in 2006. During his two seasons with Argyle, he scored 21 goals in the Championship and then joined Wolverhampton Wanderers for £1.5 million, where he won the Championship top scorer award in consecutive seasons to help the club gain promotion to the Premier League.

Ebanks-Blake has represented England at under-21 level, but is eligible to play for Jamaica at senior international level through his parents.[2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,[1] Ebanks-Blake attended the Netherhall School and his first clubs were Cherry Hinton Lions and Fulbourn Falcons in the Cambridge area. At the age of 15, having been on schoolboy terms with Cambridge United, he attended a two-week trial with Manchester United at their training centre.[3] He was offered a contract at the end of the trial and turned down a scholarship with Cambridge to join Manchester United's Academy.[4] He played his first match at senior level for the club on 26 October 2004 against Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup.[5] One year later, he scored his first senior level goal for the club against Barnet in another League Cup tie.[6]

Towards the end of the 2004–05 season, he fractured his leg and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.[7] 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.[8]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

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.[9]

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[edit]

Ebanks-Blake during the Jody Craddock Testimonial in May 2014

His form attracted the attention from fellow Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, who activated a buy-out clause in his contract for £1.5 million, and he signed for them on 11 January 2008, on a four-and-a-half-year contract.[10] He scored his first league goal for Wolves on 19 January 2008, against Scunthorpe United,[11] and a run of seven goals in his first eight games won him the Championship Player of the Month Award for March 2008.[12] The season ended with him winning the Championship Golden Boot for the 2007–08 season, scoring a total of 23 goals, 12 for Wolves and 11 for Plymouth Argyle.[13]

Ebanks-Blake started the 2008–09 season in excellent form, scoring nine goals in the opening 13 league games, form which also earned him a cap for the England under-21 side, when he came on as a substitute against Czech Republic U21s on 18 November 2008.[14] At the 2009 Football League Awards he was named Championship Player of the Year, and also received the Goal of the Year Award for his solo effort at Charlton Athletic in March 2008.[15]

During the season he scored his first hat-trick of his professional career, against Norwich City on 3 February 2009 at Molineux, to once again reach the 20-goal mark.[16] Having recovered from a calf injury,[17] his final goal of the campaign came against Queens Park Rangers on 18 April 2009, which gave the team the 1–0 win that secured promotion to the Premier League.[18] The striker finished this Championship-winning season with a tally of 25 goals, enough to retain the Championship Golden Boot for a second consecutive season.[19] Wolves rewarded him with a new four-year deal in July 2009, which saw him stay at Molineux until the summer of 2013. [20]

Ebanks-Blake struggled to repeat his goalscoring form at Premier League level. After struggling with injuries in early stages of the season, he returned but only managed to score one goal, from the penalty spot (against Aston Villa in October 2009).[21] He was then dropped from the side as manager Mick McCarthy preferred to play the 4–5–1 formation, with Kevin Doyle playing the lone striker role.[22] Later on in the season, Ebanks-Blake scored his second and final league goal in the campaign, heading in against Blackburn Rovers on 24 April 2009 to secure a 1–1 draw that effectively guaranteed Wolves their Premier League survival.[23]

He had a brighter start to the 2010–11 Premier League season, scoring four league goals before Christmas: against Everton,[24] Newcastle United,[25] former club Manchester United[26] and Sunderland.[27] Although he was less favoured for a starting berth than Kevin Doyle or new signing Steven Fletcher, he ended the season with seven goals from 28 appearances as the club narrowly avoided relegation on the final day.[28]

In August 2011, he suffered knee ligament damage that put him out of action for six weeks,[29] but when he returned, he was unable to match his goalscoring tally of the previous season as the team struggled against relegation. He scored only one Premier League goal during the campaign (against Norwich)[30] as the club returned to the Championship under the temporary management of Terry Connor.

The 2012–13 season saw Ebanks-Blake return to his goalscoring form and net 14 league goals, before a broken fibula and sprained ankle suffered against Birmingham City on 1 April 2013 ruled him out for the remainder of the season,[31] as well as potentially the start of the following.[32] He was released by the club at the end of the 2012–13 season, which saw Wolves relegated to League One.[33]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Ebanks-Blake signed for Ipswich Town on 19 December 2013 a move which reunited him with his former manager Mick McCarthy.[34] He was assigned the number 27 shirt having signed a contract until end of 2013–14 season.[34] He made his debut for the club in the FA Cup third round tie against Preston North End on 4 January 2014, but was substituted off injured after 29 minutes.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 12 April 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2004–05[36] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2005–06[37] 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Royal Antwerp (loan) 2005–06[38] Belgian Second Division 9 4 9 4
Plymouth Argyle 2006–07[39] Championship 41 10 3 0 1 0 45 10
2007–08[40] 25 11 1 1 3 1 29 13
Total 66 21 4 1 4 1 74 23
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2007–08[40] Championship 20 12 0 0 0 0 20 12
2008–09[41] 41 25 2 0 1 0 44 25
2009–10[42] Premier League 23 2 3 0 1 0 27 2
2010–11[43] 30 7 1 0 3 0 34 7
2011–12[44] 23 1 2 0 1 2 26 3
2012–13[45] Championship 40 14 1 0 1 1 42 15
Total 177 61 9 0 7 3 193 64
Ipswich Town 2013–14[46] Championship 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 261 86 14 1 13 5 290 92

Honours[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Individual

Personal life[edit]

In 2008 Ebanks-Blake was charged with causing actual bodily harm to a doorman in an incident at a Plymouth nightclub on 11 November 2007 while a Plymouth Argyle player.[47] He was subsequently fined £1,350 with £650 costs and £500 compensation by Plymouth Crown Court on 4 July 2008, after admitting to having attacked the doorman with his girlfriend's handbag causing a three-inch cut to his head.[48] In March 2013 he was arrested and questioned by police in Birmingham on suspicion of witness intimidation but released without charge.[49]

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