Wolves boss Stale Solbakken today insisted there is no rush for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to sign a new deal despite approaching the end of his contract.
The 26-year-old striker’s deal expires at the end of the season and both parties are open minded about the future.
Solbakken has to plan for the possibility of losing Ebanks-Blake for nothing next summer and is happy to let the situation run its course.
“I think both sides are monitoring the situation,” said the boss. “He hasn’t knocked my door down to ask for a new contract.
“I’m also monitoring the situation because I think it’s the right thing to do at this moment.
“That also has something to do with the other players – players working together. So I won’t say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to that. I’ll keep it open. He had a good game on Saturday.”
Wolves were hoping their return to the second tier would spark Ebanks-Blake into the goalscoring form that made him the Championship’s Golden Boot winner in his two previous seasons at this level.
The seven-goal former Manchester United reserve hasn’t managed to hit the same prolific form yet as he enjoyed in 2007-08 and 2008-09 when he scored 23 and 25 goals respectively, the latter helping to fire Wolves to the title.
Ebanks-Blake has scored 56 times in 172 games for Wolves, of which he has started 116, while he enjoyed his best game of the season in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Bristol City, having a hand in all four goals.
But he lost his place to in-form Bjorn Sigurdarson prior to last weekend after going eight games without a goal. Two clubs who could be interested in Ebanks-Blake are Championship high-flyers Crystal Palace and Ipswich.
Palace boss Ian Holloway – then at Plymouth – sold the striker to Wolves for £1.5m when current Ipswich chief Mick McCarthy was in charge and was linked with a move for him when he was in charge of Blackpool.