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Wolves: Gomes contract possible hint at Kilman exit

Wolves this season have been excellent defensively, with just the Premier League’s top three teams conceding less than them, and that is partly due to the development of a player the fans have labelled a “beast“; Max Kilman, who is now on the verge of an England call-up having impressed throughout the campaign.

However, there comes a price as soon as a young English talent outside of the top six steps onto the stage in the top flight regularly and performs consistently, with that being the inevitable interest from the nation’s top clubs – and some of Europe’s heavyweights too.

The 6 foot 4 centre-back, currently averaging a 7.02 match rating in the top flight, is currently a target for his boyhood favourite club Chelsea, but journalist Pete O’Rourke has already claimed he expects more potential suitors interested, saying: “Everything’s going well for Max Kilman at the minute, but Wolves will be desperate to keep hold of him.

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“But I’m sure there will be a few clubs looking in the summer, ready to test their resolve.”

As a left-footed central defender, the 24-year-old could find himself in demand at the end of the season – and though he would be a monumental loss to Wolves, manager Bruno Lage may already have his replacement in the squad for a man that reporter Chris Fischer dubbed an “animal.”

Toti Gomes, a £900k arrival from Estoril back in 2020, signed a new five-year deal at the club yesterday, which will keep him at Molineux until 2027 – suggesting that Lage has complete faith in him to make the step-up to first-team regular in the near future.

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At 23-years-old, it would be strange to offer a player a long-term deal if the club doesn’t view him as an important part of the team, and with Gomes being left-footed, he could be able to fill in a Kilman-shaped whole in the squad – more so than any of the other right-footed centre-backs currently at the squad.

Having played just two Premier League games in which he has averaged a fairly solid 6.80 match rating, making four tackles per game as well as 4.5 clearances, two interceptions and one successful dribble on average, the signs so far have been promising – but we need to see more in order to be sure he can make the step-up.

Either way, it could just be a big hint that the club are preparing for life without Kilman, a player who could leave for a fee in the region of £30m.

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