By Jack Cunningham

25th Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

West Brom man Jayson Molumby backed to step up by Valerien Ismael

Valerien Ismael believes that West Brom man Jayson Molumby can step up and replace Jake Livermore.

The 32-year-old’s three-game ban was confirmed earlier this week after the FA rejected Albion’s appeal over his red card on Saturday [The Athletic].

This handed Molumby a rare start against Blackpool, and he performed pretty well and clearly did enough to impress Ismael, who wants to see more of the same going forward.

Speaking to the Express & Star, he said: “This is the reason we took Jayson – every time he comes in, he plays well.

“He’s a young player with all the principles and the profile we need. For sure, Jake is the captain, but I was not worried to hear the suspension – it’s OK; Jayson will step in now for Jake.

“Blackpool was his chance, and Friday we go again.”

Big boost for Molumby.

It is nice to hear the Frenchman publicly supporting Molumby and praising him.

He couldn’t help the Baggies win on Tuesday, but his energy helped pin Blackpool inside their own half.

Livermore might be the captain, but he has looked slow and sluggish this season, and that energy that Molumby provides adds a different dimension to this West Brom side.

Now, it would be great if he could help his team get the win on Friday as the Baggies look to close the gap on the top three.

Molumby and Alex Mowatt could become Ismael’s first-choice midfield pairing if the 22-year-old can impress in these next two games.

Either way, it is nice to hear Ismael publicly praise Molumby, and things are looking good for the Republic of Ireland international.

It is now up to him to prove to Ismael that he deserves to replace Livermore in the team when the former Hull City man is back from suspension.

In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips has had his on Conor Townsend’s new contract.