Despite a somewhat sluggish start to the 2020/21 season, it’s looking good for Wolves in terms of the Premier League table.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side ran out 1-0 winners last night at Elland Road against Leeds United, which is a superb result given Leeds United’s bright start.
Wolves are now up to sixth in the table, and confidence should be high going into the Newcastle United game on Sunday.
Here are a few takeaways from last night’s Whites clash:
Kilman is deserving of a run
Max Kilman was outstanding last night on the left of the three-man defence.
The 23-year-old was strong and composed on what was only his fourth Premier League start – in all honesty, it looked like it could have been his 104th.
Eyebrows were raised when Wolves finished their summer spending without adding a new centre-half, but perhaps it was Nuno’s plan all along to get Kilman more involved this term.
The star surely now warrants an extended run in the side, with Romain Saiss having lacked the same consistency as the other two centre-halves.
Another slow start
Wolves were, again, very slow out of the blocks, and this is a slight worry.
To be fair, Conor Coady suggested after the game that not playing against a Marcelo Bielsa Leeds team before might have been a reason for the cautious start.
One would hope though that Wolves don’t make a habit of this, as some games they may end up getting caught cold and end up giving themselves too much to do.
Thankfully, barring the West Ham shambles, Wolves have tended to become more urgent in the second half of games.
Podence goals inbound
He’s set up Jimenez a couple of times, but Daniel Podence is yet to score himself this season.
The diminutive attacker has been one of Wolves’ better players though, and against Leeds he came close to opening his account.
He’s definitely sharp, and his liveliness gives the feel that it’s only a matter of time before he gets on the scoresheet.
And once that happens, hopefully he’ll get a taste for it and become the source of goals that Diogo Jotas once was.