Ebanks-Blake tipped for top
Wolves' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has been tipped to be a top Premier League striker after landing a top award.
Last Updated: 30/03/09 10:02am
Wolves assistant manager Terry Connor has backed Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to become a top Premier League striker after he was named Coca-Cola Championship player of the year at the Football League Awards.
The 22-year-old has been a revelation since moving to Molineux from Plymouth in January last year and won the Championship Golden Boot after scoring 23 goals.
Ebanks-Blake already has 24 league goals this season and looks set to fire Wolves to the Premier League with Mick McCarthy's side five points clear at the top of the Championship.
"I truly believe he can play in the Premier League and I hope we're successful and he can prove that next season," said Connor.
"In 18 months he's been so consistent scoring goals and he's taken his all-round game to a higher level.
"Scoring goals is fantastic but he wants to improve his contribution too which is what will make him an exceptional player."
Leicester striker Matty Fryatt has set his sights on promotion after taking the League One player of the year accolade.
The 23-year-old has been in blistering form this season and has already netted 23 league goals.
Fryatt is confident the Foxes will be playing Championship football next season.
"It's definitely been my best season. I've scored more goals and the position of the club speaks volumes and I hope we can finish the job off," said Fryatt.
Shrewsbury's Grant Holt made it a hat-trick of awards for the strikers by taking the League Two player of the year award and he is confident his side can force their way into the automatic promotion spots.
The Shrews are only five points adrift of third-placed Rochdale and Holt is hoping he can be the man to fire them into League One.
"I've got 26 goals this season and now I'm trying to reach that 30 barrier and its something I really want to achieve," said Holt.
"We've got a lot of big games coming up and we're confident we can get automatic promotion, but if we don't anyone who gets us in the play-offs will be in for a tough game."
Leeds midfielder Fabian Delph cemented his reputation as the brightest young talent outside the Premier League by being named Young player of the Year.
The 19-year-old only broke into the first-team at Elland Road this season but has quickly established himself as one of League One's best players.
Those performances have seen him linked with a move to several Premier League clubs but Delph insists he is focused on helping Leeds gain promotion.
"I don't read the papers, people just tell me about these stories and it goes in one ear and out the other," said Delph.
"I'm just focused on Leeds. I want to play in the Championship like the rest of the team and we are all focused on getting promotion."
Delph earned his first England Under-21 cap last November and admits he would love to be involved in this summer's European Under-21 Championships in Sweden.
"It was great playing for the Under-21s. There is a tournament this summer and I would love to be involved. Hopefully I can do enough to be selected," added Delph.