Wolves beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Premier League yesterday – and it was yet another immense display from Max Kilman at the back.
Bruno Lage’s side exacted revenge on Spurs, after losing the reverse fixture back in August and also crashing out of the Carabao Cup to them.
Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker grabbed the goals for the visitors.
Wolves produced a fantastic performance in the first-half and so good were Lage’s tactics that Antonio Conte was forced to hook Ryan Sessegnon and change formation.
In the second-half, Spurs tried to get back into the game and Wolves needed to be at their best defensively.
The level of defending has been sky-high this season at Wolves.
And Kilman was been absolutely exemplary operating as the right-sided centre-back.
He was brilliant once again at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Kilman won 3/5 of his duels and completed 41/47 (87%). He also made five clearances, three blocks and three interceptions (Sofascore).
The pure consistency from the 24-year-old is absolutely remarkable.
Every time he steps onto the field now, he gives off an aura of mastery. It is as though he doesn’t have it in him to turn out a mediocre performance.
International football returns next month, and quite simply, Kilman has got to get a call-up from Gareth Southgate.
Him not getting a chance after this unbelievable season he is having would simply be a travesty.
Max Kilman for England simply has to happen now
There are probably a couple of reasons Kilman isn’t already in the England set-up.
Wolves have somewhat flown under the radar as a collective this season, so maybe Kilman’s own contributions simply haven’t always been noticed.
Or maybe Kilman’s niche position might have been counting against him. England tend to go with four at the back. That said, Southgate deployed a back five on occasion at the World Cup.
Centre-backs like Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings are having poor campaigns and should not be getting in over Kilman.
Obviously there’s a handful of games to go until the next international break. But if Southgate overlooks Kilman again for the friendlies against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast then something is seriously wrong.