Former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Andy Thompson has praised Max Kilman after his brilliant start to the new season.
The 24-year-old has played every game so far, including in the win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
Kilman was in and out of the team last term under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Despite him showing a good level when called upon, there would be prolonged stints where he wouldn’t feature.
Between mid-February and mid-April in 2021/22 he didn’t play a single minute, something many couldn’t understand.
But Kilman has clearly made a big impression on new manager Bruno Lage.
The 45-year-old has selected Kilman at every turn up to now, and the central defender has justified that show of faith.
And former Thompson heaped the praise on Kilman.
He said ahead of the game with Watford: “It goes shows that Bruno feels things aren’t broken by the team that he’s picked for the game. I thought Kilman’s played really well, he’s more than warranted his place in the team, and with Boly coming back from injury, it shows you how well he’s played to keep him out the side.
“We’ve always said that Boly would be the number one choice at centre-back, but as people come in, there are opportunities which arise, and Kilman’s done that.
“He’s played really well, he’s looked composed, defended well, he’s been able to get blocks on, so credit to him for the way he’s gone.”
Fans have also been loving Kilman’s performances, with some claiming he should be the club’s player of the month for August.
Kilman’s time to shine
There was so much clamour for Kilman to play regularly last season.
Now it seems he’ll get the chance to do that.
He has hardly put a foot wrong thus far, and it’s exciting to think about what kind of level he can reach given the level he’s shown so far in the Premier League.