A return of fan favourite Cameron Jerome is on the cards for Blues in an attempt to reinject the goals in the new year.
Now 31, Jerome has been a regular for the Canaries since his £1.5 million arrival in September 2014 and has had pivotal parts to play in his time there. The experienced front man notched up 16 goals in open play last season making him the top goal scorer for the second time at Carrow Road, having accumulated an impressive 20 goals in 35 appearances in the 2014/2015 play off winning season. It was Jerome who opened the scoring in the 2-0 win against Middlesbrough at Wembley for the play off final.
Neil Warnocks promotion contending side Cardiff are also looking for a reunion with the striker and could be keen to put pen to paper as soon as possible given Danny Wards knee injury is set to see him sidelines for a few months. Jerome early career success in Wales saw him bag 24 goals in 73 appearances for the Bluebirds. This then earned him his move to Birmingham City where he went onto win over fans with an eye for goal and high work rate. In a stay just over five years, he was influential in the 2008-2009 promotion season, finding the net 10 times in his 45 appearances before scoring 11 in the Premier league the following season.
Whilst he does not offer technical skill or creative flair with the ball, he brings an experienced head and possesses a goal scoring record that proves he can perform well at this level. Not to mention off the ball we can expect a high press and a centre forward who is well adapted to the physical side of the game. It’s likely to be a season-defining transfer window as Blues simply have to find a goal scorer and this wouldn’t be a shot in the dark by Cotterill. We know exactly what we’re getting and the lure of goals that comes with his reputation in English football. There is also no hefty price tag attached, with Norwich selling him of a figure believed to be at just £1.5 million in an attempt to reduce their wage bill at the club.
A host of clubs are after his signature including fellow strugglers Sunderland as well as Gary Rowett’s Derby and their promotion rivals Cardiff. Although Jerome has 18 months left on his current contract, since his back injury he has struggled to find a place in the first team and has scored just twice this campaign. Fully recovered from his back injury, he will be itching for first team action which is far more likely should he take a move towards a club near the bottom of the table.
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Form does not tell the whole story of a player – as we found out with the signing of Lukas Jutkiewicz who went unheard of for two seasons prior to his permanent £1 million move to St.Andrews who showed his age doesn’t mean players qualities can’t be brought to life after difficult spells. With this addition the side will gain strength in the air and a goal scorer who knows how to stack up the goals in this league. A move back to Birmingham would at least add competition to the forward department and bring in a powerful forward who can hold up the ball for creative players like Jota and Jeremie Boga to take advantage of.
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What are your thought’s? Would you welcome the big man back to St Andrews?