West Bromwich Albion have secured the signing of Jayson Molumby on a permanent move from Brighton and Hove Albion that keeps him at The Hawthorns for three years.
Baggies boss Steve Bruce spoke out (via BBC Sport) on his first permanent signing ahead of next season:
“We’re really pleased to have Jayson on board permanently.
“He’s managed to force himself into our XI recently and now his challenge is to stay there by continuing to show improvements in his game.”
Despite the side failing to earn promotion back into the Premier League next season after a disappointing campaign that has seen West Brom fall to tenth in the Championship table, Molumby has been a consistent and reliable player in the team throughout.
More importantly, he’s won the majority of his ground duels (51%), has been successful in the majority of his dribbles (69%) and makes 1.2 tackles and 0.8 interceptions on average per game, proving that he is comfortable making his presence known in the centre of the pitch.
Former West Brom boss Valerien Ismael was the manager who gave Molumby his chance to prove his worth in the team after struggling to gain game-time back at his parent club Brighton.
Ismael was full of praise and highlighted how “important” the midfielder was for the Baggies during his club debut;
“He gave us another volume in midfield and the option to breath to win more balls for our attackers. It was really important that he came on and made an impact.”
Alongside Taylor Gardner-Hickman and Alex Mowatt, Molumby can further progress and develop a great partnership with the pair in the centre of the pitch to inspire the Baggies onto better things following a less than satisfactory campaign this year.
Now the youngster has secured his long term future at the club early, Bruce can focus on building a better team around him as it is clear there are big changes needed in the squad to give them a real chance at pushing for promotion back into top-flight football again next season.
However, in midfield, the manager has now secured himself an option that could not only help them secure that promotion, but also someone who can save millions in future fees down the line.