Kilman joins elite, ever-present group

When the full-time whistle was blown at Anfield last weekend, it signalled Maximilian Kilman’s entrance into an elite collection of Wolves players.

In his first season as Old Gold captain, Kilman became only the third outfield player ever to play every minute of a Premier League season for the club, during what was a fine campaign at the heart of the defence.

It’s a feat achieved on only three occasions previously – once by Stephen Ward and twice by Conor Coady, while goalkeeper Rui Patricio is part of the extended group of all players to have played every minute of a Premier League season.

Ward’s ever-present campaign came in 2011/12, while Coady repeated the feat during two consecutive seasons under Nuno Espirito Santo between 2018 and 2020 – the club’s first two back in the top flight during the modern era.

It was in the second of those seasons – 2019/20 – when Patricio played every minute between the sticks.

Like Coady, Kilman wore the armband and led by example, making 179 clearances, 177 recoveries and 89 aerial battles won. On the ball he made 2,286 passes, 144 accurate long balls and chipped in with goals over Everton and Manchester United.

The achievement is all the more impressive given Kilman missed just one game the previous season, due to end of season rotation, so has started 75 of the past 76 Wolves Premier League games.