Bruno Lage has lavished praise on Max Kilman for the season he had in 2021/22, and tipped the star to have a great career.
The manager has conducted an interview as part of the club’s ‘Ask Wolves’ series.
Lage spoke about many different topics following his first season in charge at Molineux, which had its ups and downs.
One of the most encouraging aspects of the club’s campaign was the emergence of Kilman.
He had some really good performances in Nuno Espirito Santo’s final season. But he had spells out of starting XI to the surprise of many fans.
But under Lage he was practically ever-present until picking up his ankle injury in April.
Kilman was absolutely superb playing on the right of a back three, despite being left-footed.
And Lage made sure to acknowledge the 24-year-old for his contributions this term.
He said (Wolves official): “He did a fantastic job during the season.
“I think we talked about this before, there was one period that was hard for him. When we’re talking here now, people will understand a bit better what happened in that moment. It was very comfortable for Max from the first day to work with us and I see in him a good will to learn everything.
“He started the season very well and after five, six months with good performances comes the moment, between I think February and March, when we played Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, it was hard for him.”
Kilman’s form did dip a couple of months ago. And that was really unfortunate for him as he was being considered for a potential England call-up.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate ultimately stated that the door was open for Kilman, before praising the other players he had picked.
Kilman will no doubt be looking to get back in national team contention again next season. And Lage believes success big things await the star.
“And the other thing is for Max, for sure, because I think he’s going to have a great career,” he added. “That’s what I want for him, the next time the same thing happens with him, he has the experience that it’s happened before, so that’s why people say we don’t lose, we win experience.”
Max Kilman will indeed have a great career after true breakthrough in 2021/22
Lage is right – Kilman is in for a really good career after finally breaking through properly with Wolves in 2021/22.
He did make 20 appearances in 2020/21 under Nuno, but he wasn’t quite a regular under the former manager.
But Lage has completely trusted him, handing him 34 appearances, and Kilman responded brilliantly.
He has a fantastic all-round game. And that ability to bring the ball out of defence is very impressive and also quite rare in centre-halves these days.
He has all the makings of a top central defender, and hopefully Wolves can retain him for as long as possible.