Jayson Molumby has impressed fans on-loan at Millwall this season, but what chance do the club have off making him a permanent figure at The Den?
The 20-year-old Molumby was given his first taste of first-team football by Neil Harris this season, when he joined on a season-long loan from parent club Bright & Hove Albion.
A defensive midfielder, Molumby has so far been a good signing for Millwall, and was a starter in Gary Rowett’s first game in charge against Stoke City last weekend.
It was his seventh appearance in the Championship at the weekend, and he and the experienced Shaun Williams, who’s 13 years Molumby’s senior, have formed a fine partnership in the heart of Millwall’s midfield.
Molumby is the captain of the Republic of Ireland under-21 side, and many felt he should’ve been called up for his first senior cap for games against New Zealand and Denmark this month, though Mick McCarthy felt other wise.
Nevertheless, Molumby will no doubt be involved in his side’s game at Reading this weekend, where Rowett will look to make it two from two against a Reading side who’ve also enjoyed a recent upturn under a new manager in Mark Bowen.
Millwall sit 15th in the Championship table – six points off the relegation zone and six points of the play-off places.
The table is as tight as it’s ever been at this stage and a couple of wins could throw any team into contention, but for now Rowett will just be hoping to steer his new club away from the drop zone.
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Next season, they can look to rebuild and Rowett can put more of his own touch on the club, and he may well move for Molumby – but what chance, if any, does he have of signing the midfielder?
He’s no doubt enjoying his maiden experience of first-team football at The Den, he’s quickly become a fan favourite and looks to be improving with every game.
But having seen his potential, Brighton boss Graham Potter may well have plans for him in his first-team next season.
At a young age, Millwall would likely have to cough up a healthy sum for the Irishman, unless they landed a second-straight loan-deal for him.
Rowett would have to work wonders to make Molumby a permanent figure at Millwall next season, but it’d certainly be a scoop if he pulled it off.