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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Max Kilman of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers may have lost to Leicester City yesterday, but the performance has left fans with plenty of encouragement.

One of the players who did well for Wolves was young defender Max Kilman, who shone at the King Power stadium.

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The defender was a rock yesterday and has offered fans lots of optimism for the upcoming season.

His defending aside, Kilman’s composure on the ball was evident, and he also threatened in the final third with two excellent chances.

Below is a statistical breakdown of how Kilman excelled yesterday.

Kilman’s killer instinct

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Throughout yesterday’s encounter, Kilman was solid. He made the most passes in-play (56) and second-most tackles (4) for the visitors.

The passing statistic will please new boss Bruno Lage, who wanted his team to play out of the back yesterday.

Kilman’s passing demonstrated this philosophy exactly, as he completed the most passes along the ground (44). His willingness to get on the ball was very noticeable – he received the ball more than any other of his teammates.

The defender’s killer instinct allowed Wolves to regularly snuff out the Foxes’ attacks. Kilman won 100% of his aerial duals and gave no fouls away.

 

Kilman an attacking threat

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Everybody knows about the defender’s background in futsal. One skill he has successfully transitioned into the 11-a-side game is his ball-carrying ability.

According to FBRef’s report, only Adama Traore carried the ball forward during the game by a greater distance.

His best dribble came as he jinked his way into the Leicester box before seeing his goalbound shot blocked.

He could have subsequently scored from the resulting cross, but his header went straight to Kasper Schmeichel.

Having missed chances against Celta Vigo this is one aspect of his game he will look to improve on.

After all, Wolves need goals and Kilman is yet to score one.

Nevertheless, there was a lot about the defender’s game to admire, and he did not deserve to be on the losing side.

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