Wolves prospect Max Kilman has been told he will get his chance in the first team this season.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo believes the 21-year-old defender, who joined the first-team squad in their five-day warm weather training camp in Marbella, is now ready for the Premier League.
“He’s gradually improving and he will have his chance, for sure. He will have his chance,” said Nuno.
Asked if that chance will come before the end of this campaign, Nuno said: “Of course. Max is 100 per cent integrated into the squad.
“He’s improving. We try an individual approach with him, trying to, first of all, get him better as an athlete. That includes a lot of aspects – nutrition, gym.
“And then we integrate him into a full training session with the first team, because playing and training with us will improve his level.”
Kilman has now joined the senior squad on a permanent basis after stepping up from the Under-23s, where he was a regular under coach Rob Edwards.
He was snapped up from non-league Maidenhead United last summer and has won 25 caps for England at futsal – a small-sided football game played with a smaller ball and mainly indoors.
Nuno is non-committal about Kilman’s futsal background, saying: “I just see him as a very good football player, a centre-half with quality.
“He’s big and aggressive. He has to improve like all young players, but we’re really, really happy with Max.”
Kilman was joined in southern Spain by Under-18s prospect Terry Taylor, who is another who has caught Nuno’s eye.
“Terry from the Under-18s came because the Under-23s are involved in a title race, so we took an Under-18s player,” said Nuno.
“It was fantastic for him and well deserved. He’s performing well in the Under-18s.
“We try to follow all of the young players because we are preparing what we expect to be our future.
“He’s a midfielder. He has a lot of things to improve, but the talent is there. That’s good.”