Ebanks-Blake hungry to do well for Chesterfield

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake with his new Spireites shirt
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake with his new Spireites shirt

Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders has spelled out his reasons for bringing striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to the club.

“I know him from my days at Wolves, he scored four goals in five games before breaking his leg when were we three up at half time against Birmingham and he was out for nearly a year then,” Saunders said.

“I know what he’s capable of. He’s scored goals in the Premier League and he’s still only 29 and hungry and I know he’ll do the job for us. We need to get him on the starting grid for the first game of the season.

“He needs a pre-season, he’s not done one properly for a while.

“He knows he needs to play a full season and score 20 goals and then he’ll be back in the Championship either with us or with someone else.

“We’ve got a good football team but we’re struggling for goalscorers and it’s my job to try and improve that side of it and he’ll slot in to our side well.

“He’s strong and powerful and scores all sorts of goals and gets into the right places to score and we needed someone experienced up there.”

Ebanks-Blake joins the likes of Byron Harrison and Armand Gnanduillet as the manager’s main striking options and he knows that he needs to work on the training ground with Gnanduillet.

Saunders said: “I need to guide him and give him some fire in his belly and coach him to get into the right places to score.

“He’s big and strong and we’ll need that option in some games.”

Regarding two of Spireites most influential players of the Paul Cook era, the boss concluded: “I’m still speaking to Jimmy Ryan and I believe the Portsmouth situation with Gary Roberts has come and gone so I hope to have him with us on July 1.”