Roger Johnson has been key to Wolves’ good start to the campaign, according to team-mate Christophe Berra and boss Mick McCarthy.
Both have been pleased by the defender’s displays since his summer arrival from Blues.
Berra and Johnson have formed a solid partnership at the heart of Wolves’ defence, and kept clean sheets in back-to-back matches against Fulham and Villa.
Berra has been impressed with his new colleague and the impact Johnson has had on his own game.
“I’ve played with a few different centre-halves since I’ve been here and it’s always good,” said the ex-Hearts man, who is on international duty with Scotland.
“I’m still only 26 and not in my prime and I am just looking to improve every game.
‘‘With picking up experience I can only get better and as a team we just want to keep on keeping clean sheets.
“We’ve seen Roger play for the last two seasons with Birmingham and have seen the leadership he has.
“Hopefully we can keep the partnership going but we know that if performances drop there are other players on the sidelines waiting to come in.
“If someone had said we’d take seven points from nine – including two games away from home – we’d have snapped their hands off.
“It’s a good start and we’ll go away on an international break and hopefully come back fit for a very hard game against Tottenham at home.
“We know we can play football but it’s also the other side we have to do, which is dig in and defend like we did at the start of the second half against Villa.
“That’s two clean sheets in a row in the league and long may it continue because if we can keep clean sheets and minimise mistakes we’ve got a chance.”
Speaking about Johnson, McCarthy added: “He was a bargain when I bought him and he is proving to be even more so.
“It didn’t happen two years ago and I’m thrilled and delighted we got him at the time we did.
‘‘He is a proper centre-half.”