BY DANIEL MARSH
Millwall manager Gary Rowett is looking forward to going up against former loan star Jayson Molumby this weekend – and admitted that the Lions will be monitoring his season-long stay at West Brom.
Irish midfielder Molumby was a massive hit with Millwall fans during his season-long loan spell at the Den in the 2019/20 season.
The Brighton man racked up 40 appearances during his time in SE16.
After being deemed surplus to requirements at Brighton this summer, Molumby linked up with the Baggies on a year-long loan prior to the transfer deadline.
And he could be set to line up against the Lions tomorrow, as Rowett’s men travel to the Hawthorns looking to build on the 2-1 victory over Blackpool just before the international break.
“When he does get in, he’ll be a very good fit for them,” said Rowett of the 22-year-old.
“The two midfielders who have played for West Brom have both been fixtures in the team so far.
“Their manager spoke about him off the ball and how much quality he has – we saw that ourselves. We know he’s got quality on the ball as well, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.
“If he does play then we’ll certainly know all about him and I’m sure the players will look forward to going up against him.”
Millwall submitted a club-record bid for the Republic of Ireland international back in January, but Brighton were not prepared to sanction a permanent departure for Molumby at the time.
Brighton’s stance has since changed – but Rowett admitted that the Lions had already moved on.
“We’ve always had a long-standing interest in Jayson,” Rowett added.
“When a deal didn’t work out after he left, we went out and signed Maikel Kieftenbeld, who is a similar type of player. Billy Mitchell is a player who has also come through with a lot of those qualities, too.
“He’s always a player we keep an eye on but we also felt that we needed a slightly different midfielder like George Saville.
“I think it’s probably a good move for Jayson. Of course, we’ll monitor that because he’s a player that we know a lot about and that we think a lot of.”
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