Scout Notes

Can £4.0m defender Kilman nail down starting place in Wolves defence?

Leeds 0-1 Wolves

  • Goals: Raúl Jiménez (£8.5m)
  • Assists: Max Kilman (£4.0m)
  • Bonus points: Kilman x3, Jiménez x2, Romain Saïss x1 (£5.2m)

A View to a Kil

Max Kilman (£4.0m) has made a meteoric rise to the top of the budget defender pool with a second successive start and second successive points haul.

The Wolves centre-back has only played two from a possible five matches this season but has already scored 21 points, the joint-most of any defender priced at £4.5m or below.

Incredibly, the player has secured maximum bonus points in each of his two performances so far and he added an assist in the 1-0 win over Leeds.

“He deserves (the man of the match award). He’s been brilliant. He’s been with us for years. He’s listened. He’s a great lad. He gives us a bit of balance on that left-hand side. All the time. He loves having battles with Adama. Nobody goes near Adama in training but he full-on fights with him.” – Conor Coady

“He has become stronger as time has gone by. I’m proud of the response he has given and the credit goes to him. When the chance comes, you have to respond, and Max did that.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

The question facing Fantasy managers is now whether or not Kilman can nail down a regular starting berth in the Wolves side.

Even though he has been praised by captain and manager alike, unfortunately, it is difficult to say with certainty that Kilman will retain his place. This particular issue certainly one that requires more data.

The reason why Kilman has enjoyed starts in each of the last two Gameweeks is that regular centre-back option Romain Saïss (£5.2m) has been forced to cover the left wing-back role in light of injuries to Jonny (£5.4m) and Marçal (£4.9m) as well as the departure of Ruben Vinagre (£4.3m).

With the arrival of Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m) and Marçal returning from his knock on Monday night, there are more options for Nuno Espirito Santo to choose from in that position moving forward.

While Saïss has enjoyed his time bombing forward as a wing-back, which we’ll highlight in more detail shortly, he has looked exposed at times playing in a wider role, caught out by the pacier wingers and full-backs.

Therefore, with left wing-back reinforcements on the way, Nuno looks set for a tough decision between Saïss or Kilman to start in the back-three alongside Conor Coady (£5.0m) and Willy Boly (£5.5m) long-term.

Do as the Romains do

While there remain uncertainties about Wolves best back-five, Saïss continues to offer excellent value for his increasing ownership.

Nuno’s men have kept a clean sheet in three of their five matches this season, and the Moroccan has walked away with bonus points on each of those occasions, even though he only has one attacking return to his name. A total of six in that department puts Saïss behind only Lucas Digne (£6.2m) on seven among defenders after five Gameweeks.

That has taken him to a tally of 31 points for the season thus far, more than any other defender and sure to induce more price rises ahead of home meetings with Newcastle and Crystal Palace.

Saïss was unfortunate not to walk away with attacking returns at Elland Road, whose incredible rifled effort into the bottom right-hand corner of Illan Meslier‘s (£4.5m) goal was chalked off for an offside in the build-up.

He was also denied an assist in the first half when Leeds’ youthful goalkeeper produced an impressive stop from a Daniel Podence (£5.6m) effort.

However, while Saïss has looked exciting in the last two matches, we have to bring Wolves’ selection dilemma at the back into the conversation. If Aït-Nouri or Marçal slots in at left wing-back against Newcastle and Saïss returns to the back-three, he will almost certainly enjoy much less time in the opposition half.

Dear Podence

Podence owners were asked to show a little more patience once again as he proved one of Wolves’ most dangerous players at Elland Road but came away with a second successive blank.

His powerful first-half shot forced an impressive save out of Meslier, who sprawled to stop a left-footed curling effort in the second half too.

While neither of those chances went in, the fact that a Newcastle that has conceded seven goals in the last two Gameweeks is up next for Wolves is perhaps enough to hold Podence. 

That said, he was replaced by Adama Traoré (£6.4m) in the 64th minute with Pedro Neto‘s (£5.5m) involvement continuing until the 89th.

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Dallas, Struijk (Hernández 75′), Koch, Ayling; K Phillips; Harrison (Raphinha 82′), Rodrigo, Klich, Costa (Poveda-Ocampo 71′); Bamford.

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Patrício; Kilman, Coady, Boly; Saïss, Moutinho (Neves 82′), Dendoncker, Semedo; Neto (Marçal 89′), Jiménez, Podence (Traoré 65′).

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1,379 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Anybody know what the situation is with PVA? Looking for a Van Dijk replacement who is no more than 5.5m and given that nobody seems capable of a clean sheet it needs to somebody capable of attacking returns. I thought he was supposed to be back from injury but he was only on the bench against Brighton.

    1. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Seems he will start somewhere (maybe on the wing) within a game or 2

    2. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Reguilon

  2. SalahFingers
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    I have Castagne.

    So.. Justin -> Kilman?

    I was never playing Justin, and Kilman should be good for 2 weeks and maybe a price rise or two.

    Yay? Nay?

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Is Perriera back ?

      1. SalahFingers
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I don't think so. Either way, I would be benching Justin every week. At the moment he's just a spare whereas Kilman has 2 decent fixtures coming up and saves me a few quid

  3. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    G2G??

    Martinez
    Robbo Justin Kilman
    Sterling Salah (c) Son Podence
    Jimenez Ings DCL
    - RJames Bissouma Ferguson

    1. Kragbaek
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Sterling will be a good pick I think. Salah (c) is right

  4. Kragbaek
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Bottomed, sorry

    I'm confused for the coming round. Stick with Havertz, or switch to Willian, Bilva/Foden, Lucas or even Grealish? (Favour the latter the least)

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Stick

  5. James
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    1.Havertz/Pulisic & DCL
    2.Foden & Werner

    ??

    Thanks.

    1. Kragbaek
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      1

  6. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bamford > Mitrovic?

      Have a feeling Mitro is going to be hyped up for a brace

      1. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Mitro definitely play better then he did last game

      2. SalahFingers
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        meh... but if you are dong it, I'd wait a bit as Mitrovic might drop 0.1 before gameweek starts.

        1. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Even better. Will hold on

            1. SalahFingers
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Just keep an eye on Bamford too.. he's also dropping, but at a much slower rate than Mitro.

              Mitro is -91.4%
              Bamford is +16.4%

              Both seem to be getting sold at the same rate so you should have a day or two in between.

        2. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          He is getting plenty of chances, it's time he starts finishing some

        3. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Im personally holding him till he plays West Brom. Hes going to be fired up to make up for last GW.

        4. clodhopper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Keeping

      3. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Sterling (C) anyone else going for it??

        1. SalahFingers
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          If I had sterling, I'd definitely consider it. Would be a great differential.

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Naaaah. He is not even in top 5.

            Salah Mane Kane Son Rodriguez etc.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              He's definitely in the top 5 imo.

              I'd have him 4th ahead of Son.

              In this same fixture last year (first game of the season), he hit a hat-trick.

              1. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                It's not last year though.

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Sure, but any player that has history hitting a hat-trick against a specific team on a specific ground should be highly considered as captain.

            2. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Currently have Salah V but also considering Kane, Son or TAA

      4. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thoughts?

        Are these good moves??
        Have Kane already.

        This week= Wood and VVD ➡️ Cahill Targett and Kun -4.
        Following week Maupay ➡️ DCL.

        1. Stram Dunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Yes!

      5. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Bottomed.

        Have now been broken and looking at WC.

        What do we think of this crack?

        Martinez
        Robbo Targett Balbuena
        Sterling Son Bruno Salah
        DCL Wilson Brewster

        Steer Romeu Vestergaard Kilman

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Needs Kane

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Son not enough?

      6. Sturridge Wars
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Which one??

        A) Kane & Soucek
        B) Grealish & JRod

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Try to have all 4 of them imo

          1. Sturridge Wars
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Not possible. Otherwise I wouldn’t have posted this question

          2. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Kane thann

          3. Silva’s Left Nut
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            why does everyone fancy soucek? hasnt really done anything this season

        2. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          B

        3. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A...Grealish is a trap

          1. Stram Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Trap is my style

            1. Seanigula
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Are you talking about a different kinda trap?

      7. Prison Mike
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Another ineffective performance from Pulisic on the right wing?

      8. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Am I wrong in considering Foden over Grealish/Barkley as my Barnes replacement?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No. But I think Grealish is worth the extra because he's nailed on and a chance creating machine.

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            But his SoT arerealy low. Can he continue with hauls?

        2. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          McGinn, and save some money

          1. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Save money for what?

        3. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Thanks for your input everyone! Cheers!

      9. POTATO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Is it nailed that at least one of Saïss or Kilman plays each week?

        I have TAA Robbo Saïss (C.Taylor Mitchell)

        Taylor >> Kilman frees up 0.5M
        Mitchell >> Kilman frees up 0.1M

        1. SalahFingers
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I thought Saiss was nailed and Kilman is not.

          1. POTATO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 10 days ago

            But if Saiss gets injured/suspended/rested is Kilman his automatic replacement?

            1. SalahFingers
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Well both have been playing the past 2 games so they are not replacements of each other. I don't know for sure though.

            2. Paul Psychic Octopus
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              It's really unclear who is nailed. Marcal was back from injury and came on late on. He can play LWB or LCB.

              You also have Ait-Nouri, who is a highly rated LWB. And Jonny will return from injury eventually.

              Not room for everyone.

              1. POTATO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 10 days ago

                I may have to keep Taylor or similar on my bench then as Mitchell looks less and less likely to provide cover for my three at the back.

      10. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Which one would you pick over next 2-3 weeks?
        A. Lamptey and Sterling
        B. Lamptey and Fernandes
        C. Lamptey and Aguero
        D. Reguilon and Grealish
        E. Reguilon and Jimenez

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A or B. Probably A

        2. SalahFingers
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Honestly, probably E. Better fixtures for both wolves and spurs.

        3. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Probably D. But depends on which forward/mids are the options with D/E.

      11. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Finaly Lampard puts Cech into the squad. Amen brother, you should have played him against WBA and Southampton we would have had 4 pts more

      12. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Is VVD gonna drop tonight?

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Sell sell sell

          1. Tony Martial
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wood and VVD ➡️ Cahill Targett and Kun -4.?

        2. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Hold and see if he’s passed fit for the weekend

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Lol

      13. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Saiss owners I don't think we double up on Kilman right?

        1. Jurgen Flopp
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Or do we? 2 decent home fixtures.

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I won't be surprised if Saiss is dropped in the near future

            1. Jurgen Flopp
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Lol on what basis do you make such a comment?

              1. Paul Psychic Octopus
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                I'll repost from up above...

                It's really unclear who is nailed. Marcal was back from injury and came on late on. He can play LWB or LCB.

                You also have Ait-Nouri, who is a highly rated LWB. And Jonny will return from injury eventually.

                Not room for everyone.

              2. Paul Psychic Octopus
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                So the worst downside for this double-up is Marcal at LCB and Ait-Nouri at LWB. It may well happen.

          2. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I have Robbo and Lamptey as my other two and I can't drop any of them this gw 🙁 so I will wait one more week because Saiss or Kilman can be dropped

        2. POTATO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Saïss owner here, I'm thinking of adding Kilman instead of Mitchell on the bench (see my post above) rather than starting in three man defense.

          1. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Oh yes I thought of this too but I say that I need one more week because in case Saiss is benched then we sell Saiss and we buy Kilman. Because if we double up on them then if Saiss is dropped we have wasted a transfer and have less money to spend...

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I planned for this fixture run with Semedo + Saiss so doubling with the cheaper Kilman seems a no-brainer.

          1. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yeah not much to lose for you but better go for Semedo Kilman combo

      14. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Should I do this transfer now to catch prices? Also for who?

        Davies —>

        A) Kilman
        B) Lamptey
        C) Targett
        D) Ake
        E) Regulion
        F) Cahill
        G) Saiss

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          E

        2. JollyGoodYellows
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Think I'm going C

      15. thehodge
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Take VVD our for -4 or hold off and play Lamptey and one of Taylor/Mitchell?

        Would most likely be bringing in either Dias or Chilwell for VVD

      16. 1569Tippins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Justin and Jiménez to Van Arnholt and DCL -4?

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No

        2. SalahFingers
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Not bad. I nearly would but Jimenez has 2 good fixtures coming. Probably not worth -4

        3. Stram Dunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No

        4. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          If you've held Jimi until now, you were probably holding for the next two fixtures.

      17. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Any news on whether Antonio trained ? Sell him or ride the fixtures and wait for the WBA game?

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          He's on -66 on FPL Stats. I would probably sell and buy back in 2-3 weeks, if you haven't any other pressing transfers to do

      18. Sturridge Wars
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Which team??

        A)
        McCarthy
        Saiss / Chilwell / Mitchell
        Salah / Son / Bruno / Soucek
        Kane / DCL / Werner

        B)
        McCarthy
        Saiss / Chilwell / Mitchell
        Salah / Son / JRod / Bruno / Grealish
        DCL / Werner

        1. Sturridge Wars
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Bump.

      19. Zlatan F.C
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A. Jimi to Kane FT
          B. Jimi and Podence to Kane and Rodriguez (-4)
          C. Brewster and Podence to Kane and Bissouma (-4)

          Martinez
          Robbo Saiss Lamptey
          Son Salah Grealish Foden Podence
          DCL Jimi

          Bench Brewster James Ferguson

          1. Abra Dubravka
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Save FT

          2. Stram Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 10 days ago

            B

        • Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Anyone has a team in FanTeam UCL? Any advice who to pick ?

          1. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Plenty of advice - but one week too late for some of the best picks

        • stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Reguillon nailed or wait and see?

        • Differentiator
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Best VVD replacement?

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            MBE Rash

            1. Seanigula
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              He’s not asking about his fantasy Europa League team for next season

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                United hater alert.

                1. Seanigula
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Just a realist, they will finish 5th

          2. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Digne

          3. Jurgen Flopp
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Chilwell
            Regulion

        • Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Thoughts on this -4?
          Jimenez and R James to Kane and Ayling?

          1. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Not worth.

            1. Will J 256
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Thanks!

          2. Jurgen Flopp
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Not worth it this week. Jimenez can easily match Kane. Maybe R James to a Villa defender?

          3. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Phillips out injured for 6 weeks won't improve Leeds defence.

        • Differentiator
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Bellerin a decent defensive differential? Basically playing a wing back so gets very advanced and only 5m. Not convinced by any particular defenses so worth a punt?

        • FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Best Aston Villa Asset to own for the good run? Possibly a replacement for Podence.

          A Grealish
          B Watkins
          C Barkley
          D Mcginn

          1. Jurgen Flopp
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Barkley in my opinion. Yes he has trolled before but he seems nailed and in form. With excellent fixtures until boxing day, there is no reason he cannot continue bringing in the points.

            1. FPLMACKEM
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Barkley is the one who i am leaning towards tbh. He just seems the better value pick. Maybe this could be his year.

              1. Jurgen Flopp
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                May be on pens too. He did take some for Chelsea last season.

                1. FPLMACKEM
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  That would seal it for me. In terms of underlying numbers he is not too far behind Grealish. Plus he is quite a selfish player when it comes to taking shots.

          2. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            D

          3. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Grealish.

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Grealish.

        • Kragbaek
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          My team:

          Ryan - McCarthy
          Robbo - Castagne - Saiss - Walker-Peters - Mitchell
          Salah - Son - Havertz - Rodriguez - Jorginho
          Kane - Wilson - Brewster

          Any obvious changes I should seek? Not too sure about Havertz. Would also like to save money where I can, perhaps in defence. Also bringing in Sterling at some point.

          Advice welcomed and let me know how I can help you 🙂