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Nelson Semedo praises Kilman and Collins after Wolves' change to a back four

It has been all change at Wolves this season, with Bruno Lage finally changing the team’s formation to a back four.

The manager altered the system coming into 2022/23, doing away with the back three/wing-backs formation that had brought so much success during the Nuno Espirito Santo era.

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Lage had wanted to make the change when he first arrived at Wolves.

He did experiment with it in his first pre-season, but ultimately decided to keep the system the players had been so used.

But this summer, a host of players left Molineux and the club brought in some really good players.

Romain Saiss, Willy Boly and Conor Coady all departed, and Nathan Collin came in from Burnley. Lage then felt comfortable to finally make the formation change.

The Republic of Ireland international has made a really good start to life at Molineux. And before the Manchester City game, he and Maximilian Kilman had helped Wolves to become statistically the best defence in the Premier League.

The youngster made a poor challenge on Jack Grealish and was sent off, meaning he now misses the next three games.

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That’s a big blow, and we will now see how Kilman fares without his partner in crime.

The Collins-Kilman partnership has been coming along nicely, and it isn’t just the fans that can see that.

Full-back Nelson Semedo said of the pair (Express & Star): “We’re playing with four in the back this season and we are doing very well.

“We have Max and (Nathan) Collins. They’re very young but they’re very strong. They have a few years of being in the Premier League and they’re completely settled in this league and they know how to do it.”

Kilman and Collins look great in a back four, now Wolves must find cutting edge

Some felt Wolves changing to a back four would perhaps mean losing a bit of defensive solidity.

But that hasn’t been the case so far, and Kilman and Collins have played a big part in that.

Of course, Wanderers did concede three to Manchester City. But they are a world-class team, and Wolves obviously went down to 10 men in the first-half.

The switch to a back four has been positive from a defensive standpoint.

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But the lack of prowess in the final third has been deeply disappointing.

The change was meant to result in a great goalscoring output. But so far Wolves have been toothless.

Injuries have not helped, but with the quality in that squad, they should be doing far better offensively.