Wolves: Liam Keen full of praise for Max Kilman after his performances this year

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Wolves journalist Liam Keen has given his thoughts on defender Max Kilman and his performances so far this year.

Having struggled to get into the side over the past few years at Wolves, the defender has become a much more integral part of the team so far this season under Bruno Lage, as he has played every minute of every game in all competitions and even managed to bag his first goal for the club as he scored the opener during their 2-1 win over Everton on Monday night.

Speaking on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast whilst reviewing their win over the Toffees, Keen took a bit of time to extend his praise for the 24-year-old, even going so far as to say that he would be his choice for Player of the Season so far:

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“For me, he’s been the player of the season so far.

“Kilman, I think virtually – apart from Brentford, arguably – virtually has been solid all the way through. He’s been reliable, he’s on his opposite side, calm on the ball, brings the ball out really well as well, he carries it forward. Takes all the pressure off [Nelson] Semedo defensively, I think, and I think he’s linking up quite well with him.”

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The stats would certainly back up Keen’s points when it comes to Kilman.

He has cut a very impressive figure at the back, ranking in the top three for a number of defensive categories for the side in the Premier League (as per WhoScored), including tackles per game, interceptions per game, clearances per game and blocks per game, whilst also completing 86.3% of his passes, so he is adding something going forward as well.

Therefore, it is clear to see just how much of an impact he is having on this Wolves side.

One of the big problems for Wolves last year was their defensive record, as they went from conceding 40 goals to 52 compared to the previous season, but so far this year, they appear to be doing a lot better and are on course to concede just 38 this season.

Just how much of it can be put down to the impact of Kilman is hard to say, but he has certainly brought them some good fortune and hopefully he’ll be able to keep it going for the rest of the campaign.

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