Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert has given on update on the current centre-back situation at his club in the Express & Star.
Despite defensive problems at Molineux, where Wolves have leaked in lots of goals this season and endured a few heavy defeats, Lambert is reluctant to bring in any defenders this month.
The Championship club sent out-of-favour centre-back Ethan Ebanks-Landell to Sheffield United in August on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old quickly established himself as one of the best defenders in the division and a fan-favourite at Bramall Lane. Ebanks-Landell was tipped to be recalled by Lambert to boost their struggling defence and spent time over Christmas training with the West Midlands side, much to the distress of Blades supporters.
However, it now appears there has been a turn in Lambert’s decision of recall as he explained his defensive situation, “This club’s got six centre half if you include Ethan. Why in God’s name would I want to bring another one in? You’d have seven centre halves for two positions.
“It’s bizarre. I’ve never known anything like it – it’s too many.
“If Mike comes through we’d have six centre halves and that’s not including Dom (Iorfa).
“It’s an unbalanced squad that needs to be fixed.
“Everything being alright Ethan will stay at Sheffield. He’s one I’d expect to bring back in the summer.” Lambert said.
“He’s doing very well – he trained well here too. But he’s playing games up there which is a big benefit to him.”
If the Blades were to keep the loanee, it would be a huge boost to their promotion hopes after many had given up on keeping Ebanks-Landell at Bramall Lane. The Blades star has made 21 appearances for the South Yorkshire club and bagged five goals, losing just one fixture under Chris Wilder.
According to Paul Lambert, it appears Ebanks-Landell is staying at Sheffield United.