Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert will watch Ethan Ebanks-Landell in action against Walsall tomorrow before making a decision on the defender’s future at Bramall Lane.
Ebanks-Landell, who joined Sheffield United on loan from the Championship club in August, has admitted he wants to remain with Chris Wilder’s side until the end of the season rather than return to Molineux.
But Lambert, speaking after his team’s defeat by Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, reserved the right to terminate the 23-year-old’s agreement in January.
“Everyone is quite enthused by him,” Lambert, whose predecessor Walter Zenga sanctioned Ebanks-Landell’s departure, said.
“I’m going to go and watch him on Tuesday night so I’ll have a first glance at him and see. I know he’s doing really well there and I’ll go and watch him myself.”
Asked if he has already decided to trigger a break clause inserted into the deal, Lambert replied: “No, no. I’ll go and watch him for myself.”
Wilder, who has identified Millwall’s Byron Webster as a target should Ebanks-Landell be recalled, was furious with his players after watching them concede a 93rd minute equaliser during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic.
The result saw United slip to third in the table but they will move back into the automatic promotion positions with a win over Walsall. Jake Wright (hamstring) is a doubt.
Wilder said: “I don’t care what the player think. I’m driving this club forward, that’s what I want to do. We expect to keep the hammer down and do better. The players should be disappointed.”
. It’s that last little bit which separates teams who do well and teams who achieve things. And we have to learn that lesson pretty quickly.”
“I’ve let my players off in the past few weeks, we get the stats and all of that because we are a go-ahead club,” Wilder added. “But the amount of chances we’ve had in the past few weeks, to really put games away, has been frightening. For us not to take that game away from one to two to three to four was disappointing. And that’s no disrespect to the opposition at all.”