Wolverhampton Wanderers are finding their feet after a tricky start to the new season.

Bruno Lage started the campaign with three 1-0 defeats to Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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That was hugely frustrating given the way Wolves played.

Since then, there has been more of a workman-like approach.

The football hasn’t been as pretty, but results have started to come.

A lot was made about the lack of a new centre-back signing with experience. But quietly, Wolves have been fairly decent at the back so far this term.

With only eight goals conceded so far, Wolves have the sixth-best defensive record in the division.

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Max Kilman (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)

One man who has played a big part in Wolves being fairly good at the back is Max Kilman.

The 24-year-old has so far started every single game under Bruno Lage, including the two Carabao Cup games against Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur.

Barring one difficult afternoon against Brentford, Kilman really has been excellent so far.


The star has been playing on the right of a three-man defence. Despite being left-footed, he has looked more than comfortable in the role.

He has carried the ball out with confidence, shown a superb passing range and put his body on the line time and time again.

Conor Coady is currently an established member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, and it may not be long until Kilman is joining his Molineux teammate on the international stage.

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If Southgate is keeping a close eye on the progress of Coady, then he ought to be watching what Kilman is doing right now.

The former Maidenhead United man has easily outperformed his colleague up to now.

Currently, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings is the only left-footed centre-half in the squad.

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Tyrone Mings (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

One gets the feeling that Mings’ place in the squad could be up for grabs.

Hopefully Kilman can keep his current high level up and get the nod from Southgate in November for the next games.

Who knows, perhaps there could ultimately be an outside chance of a place in the World Cup squad.

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