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Wolves might have nailed down centre-back positions for years to come

One of the biggest positives so far this season for Wolves is that the team seems solid defensively, despite changing to a back four.

Bruno Lage made the bold decision to do away with the back three/wing-backs system that had been successful at Molineux for years.

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He actually wanted to do it when he first arrived at the club, but felt he didn’t have the personnel a year ago.

But he is now overseeing the transition, offloading the likes of Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Willy Boly, and bringing in Nathan Collins from Burnley.

Collins has had a tremendous start to life at Molineux.

The star has started every single game so far, and hardly put a foot wrong.

He was undone by some world-class movement by Harry Kane in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

But the Republic of Ireland international has been otherwise solid.

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Ditto Maximilian Kilman, who is once again proving himself to be one of the best English centre-halves out there. That he remains uncapped at international level is a genuine travesty.

Kilman has been nothing short of exceptional so far, showcasing both quality on the ball and aggression in his defending.

As a result of pairing Collins and Kilman at the heart of the four-man defence, Lage now has Wolves boasting the best defensive record in the Premier League after six games, with just four goals conceded so far.

And quite possibly, Wolves might well have locked down the two centre-back positions for years to come at Molineux.

Centre-backs positions potentially sorted for years to come with Collins and Kilman

Make no mistake about it, this is one very exciting partnership.

Molineux has been treated to a few down the years, such as Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, and Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.

There is now another in the form of Collins and Kilman, and many Wolves fans would love to think they’ll be around for many more seasons.

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They are both fantastic, modern centre-halves who just do everything to a really high standard. And they’re both only going to get better as they get older, which is exciting to think about.

It’s perhaps inevitable that other clubs will show interest in them eventually. Especially Kilman, who is a little more established and has been at Wolves for longer.

But if Wanderers can compete for European football again, then there’s chance they’ll stick around for years to come.