Journalist Luke Hatfield has praised the contribution of Wolves defender Max Kilman this season, and feels the 24-year-old often doesn't get the credit he deserves.
Kilman has established himself as an ever-present in the Wolves back-line in the opening weeks of the campaign, as the side have started to flourish under Bruno Lage.
How has Kilman performed this season?
The centre-back was in and out of the side last term when Nuno Espirito Santo was at the helm, making 18 league appearances in total.
Now, he seems to have cemented his place in the starting XI, having played every minute of the 2021/22 top-flight season to date.
According to WhoScored, he has been Wolves' sixth-best player, earning an average match rating of 6.85, and he got his first goal for the Midlands side on Monday when he scored during a 2-1 win over Everton at Molineux.
That was Wolves' fourth win in their last five matches, and lifted them up to seventh place in the table.
What has Hatfield said about Kilman?
Hatfield has been impressed by Kilman's development in recent months, and has claimed that the Englishman simply needs to focus on remaining consistent, much like his teammate, Ruben Neves.
Speaking about Kilman, he told GIVEMESPORT: “The key for him is just continuing to do what he does. I think he’s one of those players that maybe goes under the radar a little bit, not the flashiest name. If you’re Premier League football fan and you saw him walking down the street, you probably wouldn’t recognise him. He’s one of those kind of players.
“But he’s putting in really good performances for Wolves, and he’s probably been one of the standout centre-halves at the club this season, and deservedly so, because he’s a player who’s come through the ranks and is starting to shine.
“Like with Neves, the key for him now is to maintain that consistency, and doing it in a side that’s winning games at the moment is great to see, so hopefully he can kick on.”
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How good can Kilman be?
Wolves have only managed to keep two clean sheets in the Premier League this season, so they can still tighten up at the back.
Centre-backs pride themselves on clean sheets, and Kilman should be no different if he wants to become an elite defender.
There are certainly positive signs at the moment, though. At 6 foot 4, he is an imposing figure at the back, and if he can become a threat from set-pieces, like he was on Monday, he could become the complete modern-day central defender.
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