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The case for Max Kilman as Wolves' player of the season so far

When it comes to choosing Wolves’ player of the season so far, Jose Sa has an increasingly strong shout, as does Ruben Neves.

But it’s also more than possible to make a case for Max Kilman too, so here is why the Englishman should be in with a shout…

Constant composure

Kilman never looks flustered by anything that comes his way or any opponent he comes up against.

Kilman has already smashed past his Premier League minutes total from 2020/21 and he has been an absolute revelation for Bruno Lage.

His ability on the ball is also crucial to the more fluid, passing style Lage wants to implement and he is capable of spraying passes across the pitch.

There looks like more to come from Kilman and he takes it all in his stride.

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On the England radar

It was reported in November that Kilman is on Gareth Southgate’s England radar.

Conor Coady is of course already in the squad and perhaps another Wolves defender is set to join him.

Kilman is one of few left-footed options available to Southgate at the back, although he deserves immense credit for putting in such good performances on the right of a back three.

That cannot be 100 per cent comfortable – he admitted himself he needs to adapt to the role – but versatility and flexibility are important traits.

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What they say

Lage, Coady and Raul Jimenez have all praised Kilman for the way he has approached the opening months of the season.

In October, Lage said: ” Max had his chance. Boly got his pre-season injury and Max is there. Every game we can see him and he’s solid. He had the chance to play on the right and he’s doing very well. I am very happy with him.”

After Kilman’s first Wolves goal in the win over Everton, captain Coady said: “Big Max has worked hard for it. I’m absolutely over the moon for him. He’s been fantastic since the minute he came into the first-team, and the way he’s been playing since the start of the season, he’s been incredible.

“He’s a brilliant lad, he works ever so hard and his all-round game has been superb.”

Jimenez added: “He has been doing great this season and since he was promoted to the first-team. He has been working really hard, now this is the reward for all his hard work, and he’s showing what he’s capable of. We all know what he can do.”