By Olly Allen

27th Nov, 2021 | 2:10pm

Jayson Molumby's red card leaves West Brom short of midfield options

West Brom have been left short of options in the centre of midfield following Jayson Molumby’s sending off against Nottingham Forest.

The Brighton and Hove Albion loanee was shown two yellow cards in the space of nine minutes, leaving the Baggies to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men.

They held on to draw 0-0 against the Reds, leaving them with just one win in their last six games.

Valerien Ismael agreed that the red card was a fair decision, admitting [via BirminghamLive]: “I think that Jayson needed to manage the challenge better when you’ve been booked nine minutes before”.

It was Albion’s second sending off in the space of three games, following Jake Livermore’s red card against Huddersfield Town.

The former England international was handed a three-game ban after the club unsuccessfully appealed the decision.

It means that for next weekend’s trip to Coventry City, Ismael will be without two of his already limited midfield options.

Alex Mowatt will obviously start, but who will lineup alongside him?

The only other senior central midfield option in the squad is Robert Snodgrass, who has made six league appearances this season but has not featured in the matchday 18 for the last three matches.

BirminghamLive confirmed that the 34-year-old was not injured and was simply not being picked, while Kevin Phillips has suggested that he could have had a training ground bust-up with Ismael.

If the Baggies boss refuses to bring Snodgrass in from the cold against Coventry, it is difficult to see who else he turns to.

Even before the recent suspensions, Albion were arguably lacking cover in the middle of the park.

If Ismael looks to the academy, then Toby King is probably the most conceivable option – the 19-year-old made his first team debut against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup in August.

What seems more likely is that a senior player will play out of position. For example, Grady Diangana did have spells in the centre of midfield during his time at West Ham.

That would be a very attack-minded option, but perhaps that is what the Baggies need with their woes in front of goal continuing.

The other option is Adam Reach, something of a utility man. He has played in centre midfield previously in his career and is probably capable of carrying out the role in Ismael’s system more effectively than Diangana.

Either way, lining up with a makeshift midfield is not how you want to approach a game against a fellow playoff contender.

In other West Brom news, one pundit has suggested that Valerien Ismael could soon leave the club.

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