Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake today insisted he is happy to stay at Molineux.
The 11-goal top scorer was expected to have moved on during the January transfer window after being targeted in a £1m move by high-flying Crystal Palace, while Hull also showed an interest.
But Wolves couldn’t secure a replacement, with failed moves for Birmingham’s Marlon King among others. The Eagles ended up signing veteran former Albion, Villa and Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips on loan from Blackpool for the rest of the season instead.
Ebanks-Blake will now remain at Molineux for the rest of the season, when his contract expires, and he responded with a man of the match performance in Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester.
Manager Dean Saunders wants the 26-year-old to stay and said earlier in the week that he has opened talks about a new deal.
And Ebanks-Blake says he is relaxed about staying at Molineux, where he has been for five years.
“I’m happy here at Wolves,” said Ebanks-Blake, who has been an ever-present in the Championship this season. “I’m happy with my form and happy I’m in the team and playing – I’m here for the cause.
“Speculation is speculation – my job is still the same and that’s to play football and I’m delighted to be doing that. I’m playing so I’m happy.”
Wolves are still to win after four games under Saunders and dropped a place to 19th before today’s Championship programme. But Ebanks-Blake is convinced the new boss will turn things round in the long term.
“I genuinely believe the way we’re playing that the results will come and you’ll see the tide turn,” he said.
“We have to get some wins and see where that puts us.
“The manager has said we’re trying to build for an assault next season, although you can’t rule out this year as there are still 16 games left.
“So let’s just try to pick up as many points as we can.”
Ebanks-Blake believes players need to get used to the demands of the new regime after four managers in 11 months. “We have to give it time. We’ve changed and we need patience,” he said.