At the time of writing, Wolves have the third-best defensive record in the Premier League.

It has been a remarkable effort at the back, and Bruno Lage deserves big credit for instilling such impressive solidity.

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Jose Sa has been an amazing signing, while the emergence of Max Kilman has undoubtedly been huge.

But there is one Wolves player who has been quietly going about his business this season – Romain Saiss.

The Morocco international has started every game for Wolves, and has been getting better by the week.

Currently, he tops the statistical category for clearance having made 93 so far. He is comfortably ahead of the player in second place, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings (80).

Saiss’ no-nonsense approach is proving extremely effective. Wolves have shipped just 14 goals so far.

This kind of form from Saiss is certainly a welcome surprise.

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Fans have previously known him to be a decent player capable of doing a job. But people also knew that he has his limitations technically and has the potential to be a bit rash sometimes.

But his game is looking stronger than ever in this system under Lage.

And to think, it was reported that £3 million star Saiss was, at one point, ‘likely’ to leave Molineux in the summer.

Wolves fans will be delighted Romain Saiss stayed at Molineux

When there was talk of Saiss moving on, some supporters were open to his departure.

They saw a player that was dispensable; someone for the club to upgrade on.

But he’s been reborn under Lage, and you’ll now be hard-pressed to find a Wolves fan out there upset that the 31-year-old stayed.

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He is out of contract at the end of the season.

If he carries on the way he is, it would be no surprise to see Wolves clamouring to extend that long before the end of the season, if he is happy to remain at Molineux.

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