Wolverhampton Wanderers fell to a 1-0 defeat against Leicester City on Saturday.

While it was not the start Bruno Lage was looking for, it was still a decent performance from Wolves, especially in the second-half.

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Max Kilman (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

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Lots of chances were created, and really Wolves should have come away with at least a point.

There were several positives to take despite the loss.

One such positive was the performance of Kilman, who operated on the right of a back three.

An interesting aspect of Kilman’s display on Saturday was his long ball game.

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Kilman and Coady (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

According to The Other 14, he hit nine accurate long balls in the game, which was more than any other non-Big Six player in the first round of Premier League games.

Interestingly, Conor Coady is nowhere to be found on the list.

 

A lot of people say that making long cross-field passes is the 28-year-old’s best quality.

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Kilman has always been good with the ball at his feet and a good distributor from the back.

But nine accurate long balls is impressive going.

There continues to be some talk about Coady’s role in the team under Lage.

Although he’s started the campaign with a back three, Lage has historically played 4-4-2.

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Conor Coady (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

One wonders if Kilman showcasing such proficiency with playing long balls at the weekend could spell trouble for the captain.

Kilman is a better defender than Coady, and if he can play those long balls just as well as the 28-year-old, then Lage may end up struggling to justify starting Coady if he goes to a back four.

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