Date: 24th March 2020 at 5:47pm
Written by: Cristian Penfold

Max Kilman has an uncertain future at Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer. The 22-year-old is out of contract in the coming months, has been short of playing time before the season was postponed due to Covid-19 and may fall further down the pecking order if the club sign another centre-back.

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Kilman has made only three Premier League appearances this season, spending the majority of the campaign as an unused substitute. His only league outings came in Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Sheffield United, 1-0 defeat to Liverpool and 3-2 win over Southampton.

As per WhoScored, Kilman has amassed 184 minutes in the top-flight, completed 76.5% of his 98 passes, won 11 aerial duels (52%), blocked one shot, made seven clearances, given away two fouls and averaged a tackle (4) or interception (4) every 23 minutes.

The defender has been given opportunities in the EFL Cup, Europa League and FA Cup, but he’s behind Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss in the pecking order. And if Leicester City fail to turn Ryan Bennett’s loan deal permanent this summer, Kilman will have even more competition for places.

Wolves are also eyeing the transfer market for a potential replacement at centre-back. The Midlands outfit have been linked with Manchester City’s Tosin Adarabioyo and Galatasaray’s Christian Luyindama, so Kilman could find himself out of the matchday squad if a more experienced player is brought in.

The 22-year-old’s contract situation needs to be addressed too. Supporters want Wolves to extend his stay at Molineux, but there’s been no progress made as of yet. Nuno Espirito Santo has trusted Kilman in Europe and the domestic cups this season, so he’s surely not going to let him leave for free?

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