Sylvan Ebanks-Blake impresses in training but still has to ‘prove himself’ again

Chesterfield vs Doncaster Rovers - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Doncaster Rovers - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake - Pic By James Williamson

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake might have impressed his boss in training today, but the striker still has a lot to do to prove himself again at the Proact.

Wilson has proved that a player’s reputation holds little weight when it comes to team selection, dropping the former Wolves front man from his matchday squad on a number of occasions.

And despite allowing the 30-year-old to come back in the summer with what he called a ‘clean slate’ after a disappointing 2015/16 season, Wilson is yet to use Ebanks-Blake in a competitive game this season.

The Spireites boss admits having a senior player on the sidelines is less than ideal.

Wilson insists that unless another club comes in for him before next week’s transfer deadline day, something has to change if Ebanks-Blake is to contribute to Town’s cause.

“The door has not been closed with Sylvan, it never has,” said Wilson.

“Sometimes you have to throw the baton into the player’s area and see if they pick it up or not.

“I’ve done that and we’ll see in the next week or so if anything happens.

“If nothing happens with Sylvan before the end of August then he’ll still be our player and what’s the point in having a player of his experience sat on his backside doing nothing?”

“I don’t want to have a player of his calibre sat on the sidelines come September 1st. We need everyone pulling the same way. If that’s the case then fantastic and it would be like a new signing to us.”

Wilson saw some green shoots of recovery from the player today on the training pitch – but that’s not enough to warrant a return to the starting 11.

He said: “I saw a player this morning who looked like he might be ready to grasp the nettle a bit, I was quite impressed with his training this morning but that has to be continuous.

“It’s down to himself. If he wants to force himself forward the door isn’t shut. It’s down to the performance of the player.

“If he doesn’t want to do it then he doesn’t want to do it, there’s nothing I can do about that.

“He has to want to play football, to get into our team and prove himself again.”

Scoring regularly in the Championship for previous clubs and the 10 goals he notched last season for Chesterfield will do little to boost Ebanks-Blake’s chances of playing.

For Wilson, it’s about producing in training and on the pitch, this season.

“Players are always having to prove themselves on a weekly basis and he’s no different.

“If he does prove himself he’ll be in the team.

“Regardless of reputation or age if they’re in there, they’re in there on merit.

“Training is one thing, actually performing out there when it matters is another. That’s the main objective.”

Ebanks-Blake was handed a two-year contract last summer at the start of Dean Saunders’ short reign as Chesterfield boss.