Maximilian Kilman has praised his fellow Wolves defender Nathan Collins, after he was dropped for the last match against Liverpool.
Julen Lopetegui opted to give Craig Dawson his full debut on Saturday.
The £3.3 million signing from West Ham United was preferred in the backline to Collins.
Collins has been pretty much an ever-present for Wolves this season, following his £20 million switch from Burnley.
Earlier in the season, he was suspended for three Premier League games after picking up a red card against Manchester City.
But he’d featured in every game he was available for.
But just recently, Collins has found himself on the bench a couple of times.
He missed out on playing in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Nottingham Forest.
And on Saturday he was overlooked in favour of Dawson, who really shone against Liverpool alongside Kilman.
Potentially, he could now see a reduction in his minutes. But having strong competition is paramount.
Kilman has been speaking about that need for a strong squad, and praised his teammate.
He said (Express & Star): “Nathan’s been brilliant and we have Toti as well, we have a really good squad.
“We have a great squad in every position and everyone has to keep working hard.
“The manager said after the game that everyone is involved and everyone needs to work hard. The team will change a lot and we need to keep going and keep focused.
“Competition is healthy and everyone is pushing in every position.”
Nathan Collins has been a brilliant signing for Wolves as Kilman praises fellow defender
So far, Collins has proven to be a brilliant signing for Wolves.
It’s clear he is still very young and lacks experience. When Wolves signed him he’d only had one season in the Premier League with Burnley.
So he’s still raw, and learning all the time.
But regardless, Collins has shown a lot of good things so far.
It looks like he could now face a fight to regain his starting berth. But as Kilman says, it’s healthy to have competition and Dawson, like Collins, is a cracking addition for Wanderers.