By Nick Ware

4th Sep, 2021 | 6:32pm

West Brom midfielder Jayson Molumby 'overstepped the mark' for Republic of Ireland

New West Brom signing Jayson Molumby was named in the Republic of Ireland’s starting XI for their World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on Saturday evening.

Molumby, 22, joined West Brom on loan from Brighton on August 27 but was not registered in time for last weekend’s 1-0 win over Peterborough United.

Instead, he made his first appearance of the season for his national side in a 2-1 loss to Portugal on Wednesday in a game where Dara O’Shea suffered a worrying injury.

O’Shea was absent from today’s clash at the Aviva Stadium but Molumby was handed the opportunity to impress.

However, he came under fire from Sky Sports [18:02, 04/09/21] commentators Rob Hawthorne and Matt Holland in the second half during live coverage of the clash.

First, ex-Republic of Ireland international Holland warned he “has to be a bit careful” of leaving his midfield partner Josh Cullen in the middle of midfield.

Minutes later, Molumby was involved in an incident with the Azerbaijan goalkeeper, for which he was booked.

“He left a mark on him then,” Hawthorne remarked. “There was no holding back at all from Jayson Molumby and that possibly overstepped the mark.”

Holland added: “He does lead with his arm.”

Bidding to impress

Molumby will be hoping to force his way into the West Brom midfield as soon as he possibly can.

That may be a difficult task, however, given the impressive start to the season made by the club and in particular their two enforcers in midfield, Jake Livermore and Alex Mowatt.

The former is the club captain while the latter was Valerien Ismael’s skipper at Barnsley last season.

Mowatt has already shown his class with two goals for Albion and he has established a strong partnership with Livermore.

However, it’s a long season, and Molumby’s energy from midfield could be particularly useful as the fixtures start to come thick and fast.

Molumby didn’t put in a vintage display against Azerbaijan, but he was industrious and that aggressive streak will certainly serve him well under Ismael.

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