West Brom news: Valerien Ismael signing set to replace Alex Mowatt for full Baggies debut

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Journalist Luke Hatfield reckons that Jayson Molumby is the most likely candidate to replace Alex Mowatt when West Brom host Midlands rivals Birmingham City on Friday night.

The midfielder suffered a foot injury in the Baggies' defeat to Stoke before the international break and is expected to miss out against the Blues.

Therefore, Hatfield has tipped Molumby to make his full West Brom debut at the Hawthorns.

How has Molumby performed this season?

It's been a tricky period for the Republic of Ireland international since moving on loan from Brighton and he's yet to start a match.

Molumby was an unused substitute in his first four matches after making the season-long loan switch before making his Baggies debut late on in the 4-0 victory at Cardiff earlier this month.

Such is Molumby's lack of action, he was left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for their games with Azerbaijan and Qatar this month.

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His WhoScored rating is just 6.11, which is the fourth lowest in the West Brom squad, although he's only been on the pitch for 19 minutes, which is nowhere near enough time to make any sort of impact.

However, with Mowatt expected to miss out against Birmingham, Hatfield reckons that the 22-year-old, who's proved himself at Championship level previously with Millwall and Preston, might be handed his full debut by Valerien Ismael on Friday evening.

What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "In terms of who replaces him on Friday night because he's not expected to play, but it doesn't sound like a great one judging from what Ismael said immediately after the Stoke game, I imagine Molumby comes in, Jayson Molumby.

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"He can fill that role, he's had a couple of substitute appearances, but we've not seen him from the off and haven't had the opportunity to see him for an extended period of time either, but he offers energy in that midfield and a high work rate, so I imagine he'll be the one to step in."

How long is Mowatt expected to be out for?

Ismael wasn't able to confirm exactly how long the midfielder will be sidelined for when he was quizzed on his fitness after the defeat to Stoke.

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However, the Baggies manager told the Express & Star that when Mowatt is injured it's usually bad news because "he wants to play all the time" – which suggests that he could spend a period of time out.

West Brom play three matches in the space of eight days starting on Friday and have a crunch clash with Fulham to come later this month, so the medical team at the Hawthorns will be working overtime to ensure Mowatt is out for as little time as possible.

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