West Brom: Irish media reacts to Jayson Molumby's performance in defeat to Netherlands
West Brom midfielder Jayson Molumby was a second-half substitute in Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday 18 November.
Stephen Kenny called upon the Albion midfielder in the 77th minute as Ireland picked up another defeat in qualifying for Euro 2024, with the Baggies star replacing Jason Knight for the final 12 minutes for the clash at the Johan Cruijff Arena.
Wout Weghorst scored the only goal in the match early in the first half to damage Kenny’s side’s hopes of reaching next summer’s tournament. The Irish media weren’t particularly impressed by the West Brom man’s display, believing he was introduced too late in the game.
The Irish Independent found little to impressive in the West Brom man’s display, giving him a 6/10 as he struggled to make an impact on the game, suggesting that he “arrived too late” to change the overall outcome of the clash.
Similarly, the Irish Examiner didn’t think that the 24-year-old was on the field long enough to affect the match, not giving the midfielder a score.
However, Balls were keen to give Molumby credit for his performance, giving him another 6/10 but praising him for playing some “nice passes” as he got Kenny’s side “moving forward into the final third”.
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Not a bad display
Molumby hasn’t played much football for club or country in recent weeks, with the Irish international’s last start coming all the way back in September for Carlos Corberan’s side in their 0-0 draw against Millwall at The Hawthorns.
The good form of Alex Mowatt, Nathaniel Chalobah and Okay Yokuslu in the middle of the park has seen the 24-year-old limited to brief cameo appearances from the bench and it is unlikely that his international performances would have pushed him up the pecking order.
Molumby completed 93 per cent of his 14 attempted passes, but only one of those efforts was into the final third. Out of possession, he was ineffective, using both of his attempted duels in the match and he even picked up a booking for a foul.
Ireland have one more match this international break, facing New Zealand in a friendly on Tuesday (21 November) and Molumby will have to impress to force his way back into the Baggies’ starting XI. If he is once again stuck to the bench, he may well have to consider leaving West Brom for the sake of his club and international career.
In other West Brom news, Corberan has revealed a behind the sciences factor that makes him a success at The Hawthorns