West Bromwich Albion signing Jayson Molumby on a permanent deal didn’t get tongues wagging among the fanbase, but there is a method to the madness according to Steve Madeley of The Athletic.

Molumby cost West Brom only £900k and will be developing into a more creative midfielder, so he’s a long-term investment that Steve Bruce hopes will bear fruit.   

The Baggies don’t have lucrative funds for new signings this summer, so they’re likely to target free transfers, loan players or outcasts with low asking prices. Molumby ticked that box and has shown great potential.

But even if West Brom got it wrong with the 22-year-old, Madeley notes how his signing is ‘low-risk’ because of the small transfer fee, so that is likely how West Brom will do business until they return to the Premier League.

It’s not the worst strategy. Matthew Clarke was a loan player from Brighton & Hove Albion and was one of Albion’s most consistent in 2021/22. Andy Carroll was on a short-term contract after being signed on a free transfer and nearly earned himself a permanent move.

Albion made £19m from player sales and only spent £7.8m on eight players – four of which were free transfers and three of which were loans. This will be the MO moving forward.

In other news, Steve Madeley says Josh Griffiths will be loaned out next season