Preston North End confirmed their first signing of the January window on Tuesday night, bringing in Jayson Molumby from Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Seagulls have allowed Molumby to join Preston on loan until the end of the season, bolstering Alex Neil’s midfield options.
Molumby, 21, has a season of Championship football under his belt having spent last season on loan at Millwall, where he impressed.
The Irish international now heads to Deepdale to continue his development, and who knows – maybe a permanent move could materialise at the end of his loan.
If fans aren’t too sure what Preston have signed in Molumby, then maybe the verdicts of his managers will help.
We’ve compiled some quotes from three managers over Molumby’s career, summing up just what a talent Preston have managed to sign…
Gary Rowett, Millwall: “Jayson has had a tremendous loan. He’s got huge potential. We’ve helped him and he’s helped himself. He’s starting to play with a bit more composure and control to go with his natural energy.” (London News Online, July 2020)
Graham Potter, Brighton: “Jayson is a good guy, he is ambitious and he wants to play which is a good quality to have and we enjoy working with him.” (The Argus, December 2020)
Stephen Kenny, Ireland: “He’s a very competitive player and he’s got all-round attributes. He’s very quick over the ground, he’s quite aggressive and has an excellent range of passing. He’s quite a dynamic player. It’s just a matter of, I suppose, what Millwall thought of another part of being a midfield player is discipline in midfield. It wasn’t his greatest attribute but maybe I didn’t want it to be because I like the chaotic nature of what he brings. I think that energises the rest of the team.” (Irish Examiner, August 2020)
Molumby’s energy and tenacity are exactly what Alex Neil looks for at Preston, and with fears over Ben Pearson’s future, he looks to be a fine addition – even if it’s only on loan for now.