Starting in the academy system at Cambridge United, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake joined Manchester United aged 15, after trialling with the club whilst with the now-League One club.
The striker made his first-team debut for The Red Devils in October 2004, in a League Cup clash against Crewe Alexandra, before scoring his first goal at senior level in another League Cup tie against Barnet.
Suffering an injury near the end of that campaign, Ebanks-Blake found it difficult to break into the club’s first-team set up and was subsequently set out on loan to Belgian outfit Royal Antwerp.
Scoring four goals in nine games for Antwerp, the forward returned to Manchester, however, he departed for Plymouth Argyle at the end of that season, joining The Pilgrims for a fee around the £200,000 mark.
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Scoring 10 goals in 41 games in his first season in the Championship with Plymouth, Ebanks-Blake netted 11 times in just half a season to earn himself a move to promotion-chasing Wolves.
Scoring 12 in 20 in what remained of the 2007/08 campaign, the forward followed that up with 25 from 41 the season after, firing the Midlands club into the Premier League.
Ebanks-Blake then found it difficult to adapt to the rigours of top-tier football, only managing to find the back of the net 10 times in three years in England’s top division.
Spending one more season with Wolves whilst they were in the Championship, the striker then joined Ipswich Town, and with not much success he delved into League One.
Spending a year in the third-tier with Preston North-End, and a further two years with Chesterfield, Ebanks-Blake managed to find his goalscoring boots once again.
Dropping into the non-league after he had left Chesterfield, Ebanks-Blake went on to enjoy spells with AFC Telford, Halesowen Town, and Walsall Wood.
He then broke his leg late into the year 2018, ending his playing career with the Walsall-based club.
Ebanks-Blake is now working with Manchester United’s MUTV, and he is also involved in a business that advises young players who are trying to cut it at professional level.