Berra - Sylvan can sparkle

Wolves defender tipping strike ace to terrorise top flight

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Christophe Berra is backing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to be a regular goal-getter after opening his 2009/10 account.

The Wolves frontman netted his first Premier League goal against Aston Villa at the weekend, securing a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw as he blasted home from the penalty spot.

The former Manchester United trainee has seen his season so far disrupted by niggling injuries, preventing him from making the desired impact in the top flight.

However, Berra is confident that a fit and healthy Ebanks-Blake is capable of replicating the prolific form he displayed in the Championship last season at the highest level.

The Scotland international defender said: "Sylvan has always been a goalscorer. He was just unlucky with having a few injuries at the start of the season.

"He had a couple of chances the week before against Everton which he was unlucky with and hopefully that goal against Villa will give him more confidence.

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"He is not short of confidence but strikers do feed on goals and I am sure he will score a few goals in this league.

"If he is in the box, he will shoot and if he gets half a chance the majority of the time it ends up in the back of the net."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is currently blessed with an abundance of attacking options, but Berra believes that healthy competition for places exits throughout the side.

He explained: "In the last couple of games Sylvan and Kevin Doyle have linked up really well but Chris Iwelumo is back and Andy Keogh has had a great start to the season, so there are lots of strikers.

"It is good for the team that so many people are vying for the starting 11 and not just the ones on the bench. There are ones in the stand who are quality players."