Wolves boss Nuno Santo must elect for Max Kilman in defence vs Sheffield United

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

Wolverhampton Wanderers will be looking to continue their rich vein of form when they welcome Sheffield United to Molineux on Sunday afternoon.

The west Midlanders are proving hard to beat this season as they are currently on an eight-match unbeaten streak, which includes a victory over defending champions Manchester City.

Meanwhile, the Blades are certainly giving last season’s squad a run for their money as they currently find themselves just once place behind Wolves in sixth position.

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It makes for an intriguing encounter, but manager Nuno Santo will have to contest with at least one change to his resolute starting XI…

On the Chalkboard

Romain Saiss is set to miss the match through suspension, leaving the Portuguese boss with a predicament in defence.

The 29-year-old is a midfielder by trade but has often filled in at centre-back, especially in recent weeks with Willy Boly going down injured.

It means one of Ryan Bennett, Jesus Vallejo, Max Kilman or a youth team player will need to be called upon.

Although, there’s only one solution to Nuno’s dilemma.

Kilman is a player that should demand greater trust from the Wolves chief as every time he’s been called upon, he has stepped up to the plate.

Who should replace Saiss?

Max Kilman

Max Kilman

Ryan Bennett

Ryan Bennett

Jesus Vallejo

Jesus Vallejo

Owen Otasowie

Owen Otasowie

His absence against Braga in midweek, despite playing both of their last two Europa League matches, quite possibly hints towards him being prepared for this weekend’s game, particularly as Saiss played.

The 22-year-old has been limited to six appearances this campaign, where he has kept two clean sheets, both of which on the European stage, which is rather impressive.

Bennett still faces doubts over his injury niggles while it is clear to see that Nuno just doesn’t fancy Vallejo.

The Madrid loanee has been left in the dark recently having seen both Saiss and Leander Dendoncker selected above him, and he could well be on his way back to Spain in January if reports are to be believed.

These factors combined make it seem wise for Kilman to come back into the starting fold this weekend. If he takes his opportunity, he may well keep it.

In other news, another member of Nuno’s squad has been tipped to go all the way to the top this week…

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