Wolves star earns backing of Bruno Lage after manager admits previous ‘disaster’ performance

Max Kilman, Daniel Podence, Wolves, February 2022.

Bruno Lage has praised Max Kilman following his performance in Wolves’ win over Tottenham on Sunday but admitted the centre-back was poor against Arsenal.

Kilman has been one of Wolves’ most crucial stars this season. The centre-back has been part of a solid defence that has seen the Molineux outfit concede two goals in a game just twice this season.

Lage’s side have the second-best defensive record in the league, only behind leaders Manchester City.

Kilman’s impact in the defence has been plain as day. In fact, Manchester United were reportedly tracking the 24-year-old in January.

Lage has praised the Englishman for his impact in the 2-0 win over Tottenham. Indeed, the Portuguese manager first admitted his defender was poor the previous game.

“I can say now, against Arsenal it was a disaster,” he said via Birmingham Mail.

“I said it was a very bad performance, but the kid has character and made a strong performance against these three strikers.”

Spurs were in form coming into the game, having netted three goals in each of their last two league games. However, Kilman – along with his defensive partners – were able to restrict the side from scoring.

Max Kilman, Nelson Semedo, Conor Coady Wolves v Southampton January 2022

The result was enough to help Wolves leapfrog Spurs into seventh place.

Lage will hope his defence remains as strong as it has been so far throughout the season.

Kilman adept but expert teammate could leave

Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho celebrating

Kilman should be a Wolves star for years to come, but a present Molineux expert is nearing the end of his stay. Midfield star Joao Moutinho may well move on in the summer.

The Portuguese should become a free agent in the summer, if Wolves do not offer him a new deal.

That is the scenario that seems most likely at this stage, despite Lage’s trust in the star.

Moutinho will leave Molineux a cult hero, being one of the biggest names to wear the shirt in recent times.

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