Wolves manager Bruno Lage is reportedly planning to move Max Kilman over to the left of a back three for next season.
According to a report from the Telegraph today, the 24-year-old is set for a position change for 2022/23, having spent most of this season playing right centre-back.
Kilman has mainly been deployed to Conor Coady’s right and done a seriously good job.
Kilman, naturally left-footed, has been one of Wanderers’ most consistent performers this term.
He’s been solid, and there had been calls earlier this year for him to earn a call up for England.
Over the past couple of months or so, Kilman’s level hasn’t quite been as high as it was.
He has had a couple of tough outings – his display against Crystal Palace was particularly poor.
Lage actually took him off in that game towards the end, which brought to an end his record of playing very single minute of every game.
He then started on the bench for the next game against Watford.
Just recently, Kilman has had a couple of games playing as the left-sided centre-half, with Willy Boly coming back into the starting XI on the right.
And it seems Lage is ready to start using Kilman to Coady’s left next term according to the Telegraph.
One wonders what that might mean for Romain Saiss.
The Morocco international has played that particular role for the majority of the season.
But he is out of contract when the campaign ends. Maybe this snippet of information could suggest the 32-year-old will be moving on.
Max Kilman a replacement for Romain Saiss as Bruno Lage prepares to use defender on the left?
This is an interesting claim about Max Kilman switching over the to left side of the defence.
Certainly, it is a more natural fit for him being left-footed. In the interest of balance, it is probably for the best, even though he really has shone at times on that right side.
It will be interesting to see if Saiss now leaves Molineux off the back of this claim.
Kilman is undoubtedly a more well-rounded defender and obviously has a few years to go before hitting his peak.
If the plan really is to use him on the left, then Saiss would surely no longer be a regular.