Millwall’s on-loan midfielder Jayson Molumby is having a memorable debut campaign in senior professional football – with the Republic of Ireland U21s captain set to feature in the Premier League one way or another next season.
The 20-year-old has been one of the Lions’ outstanding players during their recent surge towards the top-six, stepping up in the absence of Ryan Leonard and Ben Thompson, who’ve both been suffering with long-term injury problems.
Here, we take a closer look at Molumby’s stats for Millwall and whether he could handle himself playing in England’s topflight…..
Having waited patiently before breaking into the starting XI during Neil Harris’ final days as manager, Molumby has quickly become one of the first names on Gary Rowett’s team-sheet and is now relishing the challenge in the middle of Millwall’s midfield.
Despite making just two EFL Cup appearances for the Seagulls prior to his move to the capital, Molumby’s lack of experience in first-team football hasn’t been noticeable, and Rowett has shown his trust in the midfielder, handing him the sixth most minutes (2616) in the entire Millwall squad this season, which is even more impressive considering his first start didn’t come until the 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers in mid-September.
The Brighton youngster has looked assured and confident next to the likes of Ryan Woods and Shaun Williams, showing a wonderful array of passing and an aggressive style of play which is perfectly suited to being a Millwall player.
His passing success rate has dramatically improved since the arrival of Rowett – with his 86.7% putting him eighth on the list in the whole of the Championship, which is even more remarkable given four of those above him play for Fulham, who comfortably have the best passing statistics in the division.
The one frustration for Molumby has been his lack of goal contributions. Up to now, the Irishman is yet find the back of the net, although he did claim his first assist Nottingham Forest last Friday. However, that wouldn’t have pleased Molumby, who thought he’d notched his first career goal.
Despite his lack of assists and general action in the final-third, Molumby still possess the ability to unlock defences, with almost 30% of his successful passes going forward.
Molumby’s willingness to get forward doesn’t mean his defensive work suffers, though. The midfielder has made 139 interceptions and won over 500 duels in the Championship this season.
The youngster has continued to go from strength to strength in a highly successful loan stint with the Lions, leaving him on the cusp of becoming a Premier League footballer next term, but whether that’s back at The Den or with parent-club Brighton remains to be seen.