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If anything summed up the Wolves’ final weeks, it was their performance against Burnley on Monday night.
Without Raúl Jiménez, Nuno Santo’s men fought in front of goal and ultimately fell in a 2-1 loss.
The worrying part about this was that they couldn’t even blame his training. It was a four-man baseline that saw them suffer back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Aston Villa, but this time around, Nuno walked away with his proven three-man defense.
It was a strange XI with players like Rayan Ait-Nouri and Owen Otasowie getting off to odd starts. They didn’t do much to vindicate their selection with Fabio Silva coming off the bench and nearly rescuing a dejected Wolves team.
Defensively, they were absolutely intimidated by Burnley’s high ball that hit them on the fast break and scored two landslide goals.
Much of the poor defensive performance was due to Romain Saiss, someone who was caught out of position and in no-man’s-land for Ashley Barnes’ opener.
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However, even worse than him was Max Kilman. The defender has enjoyed a great season at Molineux but sadly this was one of his worst performances to date.
Playing on the right back, his communication with skipper Conor Coady was clearly poor. He didn’t step up at the right times, allowing Burnley to get behind at times.
Kilman fought with the speed of the Claret’s counterattack but also with the balls high, winning only one of the six duels he played throughout the tie. That meant the youngster lost a colossal 83.6% of his tackles and headers.
For a Wolves defense that prides itself on playing from behind, their passes were poor too, racking up a success rate of only 76%. Also, Kilman did two fouls that allowed Burnley to rack up precious time in the final moments of the clash.
The 23-year-old has rarely been wrong since he was released to the first team, but this was a disturbing performance, one that will leave Nuno quite upset.
With the competition for places in the back fiercely competitive on this side of the Wolves, he will have to show improvement.
And in other news, Nuno made a colossal mistake by the Lobos about the “exciting” £ 40.5 million star …