Wolves beat Brighton 1-0 last night in the Premier League – and Romain Saiss was the man to grab the headlines.

That is not something that happens particularly often.

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The Morocco international is perhaps one of the least spoken about players at Molineux.

But this season, he absolutely deserves plaudits.

Saiss received a contract extension last season, but few genuinely thought he would play a regular role under Bruno Lage.

Many anticipated Willy Boly and Conor Coady would be his go-to players at the back, along with Yerson Mosquera or another new signing.

No one else came in though, and Boly started the season with an injury.

That saw Saiss feature from the off, and the ace really has been superb on the whole.

Yes, he is limited in terms of technical ability. And he does have an erratic moment in him.

But he has responded so well to Lage’s coaching, and is currently playing at a level way above what people expected.

Last night against Brighton, he probably put in his best display of the season.

He made a whopping nine clearances and five interceptions, and obviously scored that brilliant volley, too.

His performance led Lage to affectionately brand him ‘The Moroccan Maldini’ after the game.

Romain Saiss has been Wolves’ unsung hero in 2021/22

Wolves’ defence has been absolutely tremendous this season.

The trio of Max Kilman, Coady and Saiss have genuinely been heroic at times.

It seems Kilman and Coady get more recognition though.

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Kilman perhaps due to the fact he is relatively new in the starting XI and is unusually playing on the right of the three despite being left-footed. Plus there is the ‘Kilman for England’ narrative which is rightly going strong at the minute.

And captain Coady is often recognised as the glue that holds the defence together.

For the job he has done, £3 million star Saiss should certainly be getting more praise. It’s hard to think of another candidate for unsung hero of the season.

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