Wolverhampton Wanderers have been surprisingly good at the back so far this season.
There was a genuine sense of worry heading into the new season.
Wolves shipped 52 goals last season, and that was with a ‘defensive-minded’ coach at the helm.
Bruno Lage came in with a reputation for playing attacking football.
Wolves then only signed Yerson Mosquera, who is currently out with a long-term injury.
Everything has pointed to Wolves being weak at the back, but that just hasn’t been the case so far.
Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Max Kilman have been great as a unit on the whole. Jose Sa has also been particularly brilliant.
The trio have started every Premier League game so far, and Kilman has undoubtedly been the best performer.
Perhaps what makes Wolves’ solidity more impressive, is the fact that Willy Boly has played no part in it.
The Ivory Coast international started the new season with a hamstring injury, forcing him to miss the first couple of games.
He was back on the bench against Manchester United though, and has remained there since.
He was unavailable against Leeds United last weekend due to picking up another injury. Not that he would have come into the starting XI, with Bruno Lage clearly taken by the Coady, Saiss and Kilman.
Wolves defending better than expected
Few would have expected Wolves to have conceded just nine goals at his point in the league so far.
That tally makes Lage’s side the joint-fourth best defensive outfit in the division.
Before a ball was kicked this season, it was widely accepted that Boly was the best central defender at Molineux. Some still hold that opinion.
The fact he hasn’t played yet in the Premier League and Wolves have been as good as they have at the back should see the manager get his due credit.