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McCarthy expecting more from Sylvan
Published : 26 Jul 2010 15:08:00
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."