Ipswich Town eye move for ex-Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
11:00 AM

Mick McCarthy is mulling over offering former Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake a short-term deal.

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The 27-year-old striker is currently sidelined after breaking his leg and damaging ankle ligaments towards the end of last season, but has scored 87 goals in 243 Championship appearances.

Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace are also interested in the hitman, who was released at the end of last season, and is not likely to be fully fit again until October.

The former England Under-21 international, who worked under Eagles boss Ian Holloway, at Plymouth, was understood to be keen on a switch to Portman Road in January.

But the Blues boss was not prepared to pay a fee for the ex-Manchester United forward, with just six months remaining on his contract.

McCarthy signed the former United youngster at Molineux in 2008 and was rewarded as the Cambridge-born front man’s 25 league goals helped the Black Country club lift the Championship title a year later.

Ebanks-Blake also enjoyed a prolific spell in Devon with the Pilgrims and the Eagles may be tempted to part with some of their new-found top-flight riches and take a gamble on him.

McCarthy has also been linked with Wanderers’ defender Richard Stearman, who enjoyed a fruitful spell on loan at Portman Road last season.

We understand the clubs have yet to enter dialogue over any deal for the 25-year-old, who is keen to leave Molineux following the club’s demotion to the third tier.

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24 comments

  • Excuse me ! Regardless of the article topic whatever happened to our family club values.... ?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Thinking about it was not DJ Cambell playing with the same mid field. He scored goals because he was a 20 goal a season striker in the championship.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • If you think we need a play maker , you either have not seen luke hyam or know nothing about football

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • I remember getting other 20-goal a season Championship strikers before. I think their names were Jason Chopra and Michael Scotland or summit similar. Not sure what happened to them though...

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    Mike Rotch

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • A freebie and used to relegation. Sounds like a perfect fit to me.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Clever Canary I assume the impact that you refer too is the 14 goals he scored in a team where he was indeed getting shiddy service. Terrible. That said think Chops needs to be shifted first, easier said than done with his current attitude though. Hopefully AW will become the playmake we need and I do think Tabb offers a combative creativity. Another option would be nice though. I agree with Ted thoough a 20 goal a season player can move and barely hit a barn door, sometimes a player just sparks, Benjani anyone? too many factors.

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Cyril you are wasting your time trying to be rational with the irrational (or possibly disrational in Tomspeak). But the 20 goal a season striker is a myth - and a pretty daft yardstick at that. Is a bloke who may score a goal every other appearance whilst regularly missing a barn door with a banjo (and in DJ's case, penalties) really all that good? Your DJ case is a good one because this pretty useless player did alright moonlighting for Town and went back to his usual inept self at Town's virtual twin for embarrassing antics and humourous ownership - Blackburn. Most deluded Town fans are living in the past.... and they probably recall that Robson's team rarely, if ever, had a 20 goal a season striker because the goals came from all over the team.... which again is something you might expect as normal in a team that doesnt try and grind out 'results' in a professional footballer who stays at a club long enough to be acquainted with where the goalposts are.

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    Russell Sprout

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • Northstander, to a great extent I do agree with you and I certainly am not suggesting we sign any of the two strikers mentioned I would like to see an up and coming youngster signed. I do not accept that midfielders are to blame for a striker not being able to put the ball in the net which is a skill. However if you read my previous entries I have called for the signing of a playmaker and striker so that answers both problems. However ME will need to release the purse strings unless Cresswell goes.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • Mike, I think I asked which of our current bunch would do that, but I will just point out to you that Blackburn signed one called Rhodes, and he is still doing it, and I think I am correct in saying Chopra scored 14 in a season with us despite spending most of his time on the bench.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • I suppose there's no harm in signing him on. But I would pay him one game at a time. He has and I emphasize "Has" been a prolific scorer in the past. But this is our problem we do seem to sign to my "Has Beens" and not enough "Might be's". Why not scour the lower divisions ? I have this theory and whilst it's probably total rubbish I think a striker has to look the part. We have in the past bought lower Division strikers and they look 50 when they are in their twenties. I also hope that the midfield can provide a bit more in the way of creativity as you can have two twenty million pound strikers but without the proper service they might as well not be there.

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    whymarkmariner

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • Soon be Ipswich Wolves Town as mccarthy goes and seek all Wolves cast-offs. By the size of his stomach that should grow nicely being out with a broken leg and then suit the towns plodders, so quickly sign him.

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    ged scott

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • A striker is only as good as the service he gets.!

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    North stander

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • @Cyril. Strikers don't just come with a label on saying they score 20 goals a season. There are too many variables to consider. If the midfield cannot create, van Persie would struggle to get 20. Taylor, Nouble, McGoldrick and Murphy is plenty good enough given decent service.

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    Ted Maul

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • DJC,scored ten goals,5 were pens,one was a hand ball and 4 were scored outfield,he also missed a lot as well.What we have is good enough as long as we can sign a creative player to compliment the strikers.DJC is not worth the risk in my opinion Cyril,but I'm sure you won't agree with me on this one.We are all entitled to our own opinion.I have great faith in the players and manager at this club.

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    North stander

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • Town's marquee summer signing has finally been unearthed.... as predicted by my good self when Yorkshire Jewell arrived and got his face down in the trough.

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    Russell Sprout

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • We've got 6 strikers and 2 central midfielders. So i'm not sure why we need this player.

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    Ted Maul

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Northstander, you must admit that whilst they did not get the best of service our strikers missed a load of chances last season.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Ged Scott and Sprouty, what a pair of numpties to believe this headline. Just shows what else they do beside read this noticeboard...Nothing, what saddos

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    bismark

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • As low as we may be the trolls are still here, they can't get past our history, As for Scott and Steroo sorry sprout, cabbage springs to mind. Green and smelly is all I can think of !

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    threenewknees

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • Sorry Ted, we are going to have to disagree on that one. I simply so not believe we can make the playoffs with our existing strikers, of course I hope I am wrong. Fully agree we do need a playmaker.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Northstander, I think there is a misunderstanding, I certainly am not suggesting we sign either of the two players mentioned but I would like to see some money spent on a good up and coming striker and also creative midfielder. Dont worry I have every confidence in MM but I do not think we can get into the top six with the existing stike force, lets hope I am wrong.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • why not sign him, maybe he is going to have the same impact as he had last season.

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    clever canary

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • A broken leg and damaged ankle ligaments ! No thanks, lets see if Taylor can get fit first and earn his money after virtually a season on the injury list.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Ted, it is my opinion that this is the main position that we need to strengthen. We need a striker who will give us close on 20 goals in the season. Who do you believe in our existing group can do this for us.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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