Milwall manager Neil Harris has revealed that Jayson Molumby could make his debut in the club’s Carabao Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion on August 13th.
The midfielder joined the Lions on a season-long loan deal from Brighton & Hove Albion last month, but he is short of fitness having missed all of the club’s pre-season games and is unlikely to feature on Saturday against the Baggies in the Championship.
Speaking to London News Online about Molumby, Harris said: “Hopefully he’ll get some minutes against West Brom in the [Carabao] Cup. I don’t think he’ll be fit for West Brom away Saturday.
“We’re looking at using the West Brom League Cup game almost like a pre-season [game] for some other lads to get minutes and then come off and feature after that.
“That team I picked [on Saturday) won’t necessarily be the team I pick next weekend, even for a manager that likes to pick a settled team. That won’t be the case this season.
“I will pick a team to win every game and if a player comes and does well and doesn’t play the following game, there’s no argument with me and the player – that’s just the way it is.”
Millwall kicked off their 2019/20 campaign on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Preston North End at the Den and will be aiming to back this result up with an encouraging performance at the Hawthorns in five days time.
Although the Lions didn’t exactly struggle in Molumby’s absence at the weekend, the fact that he is edging ever closer to being able to make his bow for the club is unquestionably good news.
An exciting talent, the midfielder is already an international at youth level for the Republic of Ireland and produced a number of encouraging displays at the Toulon Tournament earlier this summer as he helped his country secure a fourth-place finish.
Whilst he has yet to experience the competitiveness that the Championship is famed for, Molumby will nevertheless be aiming to make a real impression for Millwall over the next nine months.
Yet in order to have the best chance of establishing himself as a mainstay in the Lions’ starting eleven, it is paramount that the midfielder utilises the club’s upcoming cup game with West Brom as a platform to illustrate what he is capable of producing to Harris.