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Wolves could find their new Ebanks-Blake in Daryl Dike

When you think of great goal scorers in the Old Gold, several players will come to mind.

Raul Jimenez has been a remarkable asset to Wolves in recent years but he still has a long way to go in order to replicate the achievements of a certain Steve Bull.

He is the club’s all-time record goalscorer and will remain so for decades unless they stumble on a very special talent.

Another striker who deserves plenty of praise for his efforts in Wolves colours is Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, a man who was in imperious form during his opening few years at Molineux.

With 37 goals in his first 61 appearances for the club, he was their most successful striker since Bull.

Ebanks-Blake fired Wolves to the Premier League but found it more difficult to score goals upon promotion, firing in just ten in 76 appearances.

A mix of injuries and ultimately a broken fibula ensured he never hit the dizzy heights of Bull as Wolves eventually slipped down the divisions and ended up in League One.

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That said, Ebanks-Blake will be remembered fondly for his spell in the Midlands. The stocky forward netted 62 goals in 193 outings for the Old Gold, providing relentless power to the forward line.

Speaking about him 13 years ago, Ian Holloway said: “He’s got power, he’s got pace, he’s hungry to make a reputation.”

But why is this relevant in the current day? Well, Wolves are eyeing a move for a very similar player in Daryl Dike.

The American enjoyed a fabulous loan spell in the Championship with Barnsley this term, scoring nine goals in 22 matches for the Tykes.

He’s now moved back to Orlando City but is an £18m target for a number of Premier League clubs including Wolves.

Like Ebanks-Blake, Dike has already proven himself in the second tier of English football but it’s their style of play that has plenty of similarities.

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Standing at 6 foot 1 and weighing 220 lbs, he is an absolute brute against opposing defences and can strike a football in sweet fashion.

Former Barnsley team-mate Jordan Williams commented: “Daryl has got a rocket of a right foot. I think he’s similar to Lukaku. He hasn’t scored as many goals yet, but he can hit a ball just as hard.”

He is efficient in the build-up phases of play, bringing others into play and holding the ball up astutely.

That was something that Ebanks-Blake made a living out of at Wolves, scoring goals on a regular basis and taking them to the top-flight.

The striker’s spell ended in injury torment but he was a powerful phenomenon. Wolves will be hoping Dike can provide a similar bullish nature.

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