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‘Works very hard’: Nuno impressed by 23-year-old Wolves player, Coady recently called him ‘brilliant’

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‘Works very hard’: Nuno impressed by 23-year-old Wolves player, Coady recently called him ‘brilliant’

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has waxed lyrical about Max Kilman following his impressive display against Leeds last night.

The 23-year-old has made two Premier League appearances this term, and following his 90 minutes against Fulham, was again named in the starting XI against the newly-promoted Whites.

Kilman appeared a little nervy early on but improved as the game went on, finishing the first half strongly and continuing to look assured after the interval.

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Indeed, his efforts saw him named Man of the Match, helping Wolves to a second victory in a row and a second successive clean sheet.

“He works very hard, knows what he has to improve and has become stronger as time has gone by,” Nuno said of Kilman to the Wolves website.

“Of course, I’m proud of the answer he gave me, but the credit is for him. Waiting for your moment, the way you prepare yourself for competition, is what matters for us. When your chance comes, you have to respond, and Max did that.


“I always say our backups are our base for the future and Max three seasons ago was a backup – a very good one, that now is ready to compete. This is the process. It’s a pack, no passports.”

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Kilman has had to bide his time at Wolves following his move from Maidenhead in 2018 but he has seized his chance superbly, earning plaudits for last night’s display and continuing to go from strength to strength.

The 23-year-old also shone against Fulham, captain Conor Coady saying after that game: “I thought he was outstanding, but I would expect nothing else from him.

“He’s brilliant to have around and is a brilliant professional – he listens to the manager, he learns off the lads who’ve been playing there the last couple of years and I think you could see that today.”

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