Ebanks-Blake learning new tricks

The 25-year-old claimed back-to-back Golden Boot titles while

Wolves were in the second tier of the English game, with 48 goals

in two seasons. However, a combination of injuries and Mick

McCarthy’s new found preference for the 4-5-1 formation has limited

his striking threat to just nine Premier League goals over two

terms. Having recovered from a knee injury that interrupted his

progress earlier this campaign, he is now focused on being a more

than just a goalscorer. “I’ve been injured more in the last couple

of years than I have been throughout my whole career,” Ebanks-Blake

told skysports.com. “At the start of this season I picked up a knee

injury which was also the same last season. Then when I recovered

from that, I had a niggling hamstring problem all season so it was

tough. “By the time that you are fit again, you have a situation

where you are fighting to get in the team and the shape of the team

has changed too.” The form of Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher means

the former England Under-21 international is no longer an automatic

choice at Molineux. Yet he is prepared to face the challenge head

on and believes his ability will see him become a regular under

McCarthy again. “I’ve never given up and I believe that I can get

back to the level I was previously,” he added. “With the increased

competition for places, when my opportunities come, I have to take

them now more than ever.”