Wolves Defender Max Kilman Runs From Deep In His Own Half For Brilliant Goal
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Wolves defender Max Kilman showed off all the skills on the ball he learnt from his futsal beginnings with a run right through Alaves in a pre season friendly.
The centre back, who is the only player to have played non league and Premier League football in the same season, had a different root into the top tier.
Kilman played 25 times for the England national team in futsal, the fast paced five-a-side game that encourages players to work on their ability with the ball at their feet.
It's clearly helped the 25-year-old become an integral part of Wolves team in recent years, as part of a back three, usually alongside Conor Coady and Romain Saiss.
On Wednesday those same skills helped him as he calmly made his way from defence into attack with the ball at his feet for nearly the length of the pitch, to score in the game against Alaves, shades of George Weah...
Speaking exclusively to SPORTbible about his futsal upbringing, back in 2020, the former Maidenhead United player said, "It was something different and allowed me to work on my technical side and balancing it out made it more enjoyable.
"When it comes to football, the transition helped me be more comfortable on the ball, more aware of my surroundings and make quicker decisions."
Whilst the defending might not have been particularly good from the Spanish side, as he meandered his way upfront with little effort, it was still evident that he's very comfortable on the ball and aware of his surroundings.
"What is Messi doing on our team?" one Wolves fan asked on social media.
"This is obscene," current England futsal player Joe Payne added.
Comparing him to the former Manchester City midfielder Yaya, another Wolves fan said, "There’s our centre midfield Yaya Kilman."
Another excitedly had it as one of the team's best ever goals, tweeting, "MAX KILMAN with one of the best goals Iv seen in a Wolves shirt!!!! Take a bow!"
Kilman and Wolves certainly had a better pre season day than some of their fellow Premier League sides on Wednesday, in their 4-0 win.