McCarthy expecting more from Sylvan

26 July 2010 03:08
Mick McCarthy is backing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to put a below-par first season of Premier League action behind him during the forthcoming term.

Ebanks-Blake played a major role in Wolves gaining promotion from the Championship with 25 goals during the 2008-2009 campaign.

But the former Plymouth player struggled to make an impact last season.

He had only a bit-part role once McCarthy decided to operate with record signing Kevin Doyle as the lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation during the second half of the campaign.

Now competition for places has further intensified with the capture of Burnley striker Steven Fletcher for around £6 million this summer.

But McCarthy has seen encouraging signs from Ebanks-Blake during Wolves pre-season programme which has produced a string of victories.

The former Republic of Ireland boss said: "Sylvan has come back this summer looking very sharp and very fit.

"He's working hard at it and he knows that, by his own standards, last season was a poor one.

"He looks like he wants to rectify that, which is great for me.

"It means we've got great competition in there and it's a nice problem for me to have."

Source: Team_Talk