Preston snapped up Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Jayson Molumby in January, with Alex Neil buzzing to get him on board.

The 21-year-old is energetic and hard-working, meaning he fits exactly what Neil is looking for in the North End midfield.

Molumby has featured prominently since his arrival, and has now started the last three games against Birmingham City, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.

Fans are already hoping that the Irishman can be brought to Deepdale on a permanent basis – especially given the loan situation at Preston.


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North End have seven players on loan right now, meaning two of those will have to miss out on a matchday due to EFL rules.

Preston can though turn some of those loan moves into permanent deals outside of the window, easing those loan issues if they so wish.

This won’t be easy with Molumby; yes, Neil has admitted that he initially wanted him permanently and had to settle for a loan, but Millwall had a club-record cash bid rejected last month according to London News Online.

Now, Seagulls boss Graham Potter has given his view on Molumby’s future, having allowed him to go out on loan for the second time.

Potter has told Sussex Live that Neil wanting Molumby long-term is ‘normal’, but was non-committal on the idea of him staying at Preston, simply suggesting that it will be looked at in the summer.

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“I think it is a normal thing to someone to say when they have got a loan player because Alex believes in the player,” said Potter. “For us, Jayson recently signed a contract, it is important for him to play football, he expressed that desire to play regularly and that is what he is doing now.”

“The job is to then assess how that has gone and see where his development is, take the right decision for him and for the club. But we will do that at the end of the season. There is no doubt that Jayson is going to have a really, really good career. We believe in him, so we are just letting him play his football like Ben White did last year at Leeds United. It can be important for the guys to go and play and get regular football,” he added.

Brighton signed another midfielder on deadline day in Moises Caicedo, whilst Polish midfielder Jakub Moder is back at the Amex Stadium after a loan spell with Lech Poznan.

Add in that Brighton also have Ben White, Yves Bissouma, Pascal Gross, Adam Lallana, Steven Alzate and Davy Propper who can all play in midfield, and few would blame Molumby if he did want to leave permanently for guaranteed playing time.

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