Jayson Molumby impressed for West Bromwich Albion at the tail-end of the season, but he may be the one Steve Bruce drops if a creative midfielder is signed over the summer.
The 22-year-old initially joined West Brom on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion and has gone on to make 30 Championship appearances, triggering a permanent move. Molumby finished the campaign strongly and was publicly praised by Bruce for his upturn in form, but he may not start games consistently next season.
Steve Madeley of The Athletic recently said West Brom are ‘firmly’ in the race for John Swift and only have Reading standing in their way of completing a deal – the Royals have offered a new deal to the out-of-contract midfielder. Swift is likely to be a regular in the engine room and will need defensive players alongside him, so Molumby is expendable as he isn’t creative enough.
If Bruce lines up his preferred 4-4-2 formation, Jake Livermore should be the deep-lying midfielder with Swift partnering him – Alex Mowatt has been inconsistent and Molumby doesn’t make enough chances to start in a two.
If Bruce lines up in a 3-4-1-2, that will open the door to playing two holding midfielders and Swift ahead of them, but that formation might become a thing of the past.