Stoke City: Goal hero Jerome in Brit blast at lack of opportunities
CAMERON Jerome has put a question mark over his future at Stoke City by saying he doesn't believe he has been given a fair chance at the Britannia Stadium.
The 25-year-old came off the bench last night to score his eighth goal of the campaign in all competitions and earn Stoke a 1-1 draw with Everton.
But after the game, the striker said he was not happy with only starting six Premier League games since his £4m move from Birmingham City last summer.
Jerome, pictured below, says he wants to play regularly, and hopes talks with manager Tony Pulis at the end of the season will resolve his future.
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He said: "I think I have made a big impact this year. In the Europa League I have played most of the games and scored a few goals, and I have scored in the domestic cups.
"I have not been given a fair crack of the whip – what I think would be a fair run in the side.
"That's just my personal opinion. I train hard and I see what goes on in training. The rotation policy has not been fair in my eyes, but that is the manager's decision.
"Everyone else has to get on with it. You just have to try to make an impact when you get your opportunity on the pitch.
"But with coming on for 10 minutes here and there, it is very hard to make an impact in the Premier League."
Jerome, who has three years of his contract still to run, says he hasn't discussed his frustrations with Pulis so far.
He added: "I have not really spoken to him about playing since I have been here. He picks the side and you just get on with it.
"As a player you work hard in training and try to break into the team I suppose, but it seems no matter what I do I can't get in. That's something I will have to address in the summer.
"To be honest, I am unhappy about not playing, but there are probably 10 or 11 other players in the same position as me.
"It is not about being selfish, it is a team game. That's what you have a big squad for.
"There will be a lot of changes in the summer with players going and then strengthening in certain departments, so we'll see what that brings and then have a conversation with the manager if, and when, appropriate."
Jerome says he hasn't considered leaving, but won't be happy unless he gets more opportunities next season.
He added: "I have not thought about leaving, but being the age I am and in my prime, I want to play first-team football week in, week out.
"If it was a case of rotation fairly and on form, then I would probably be happy.
"But when you are just not getting a look in regardless of how other people perform, or how the team performs, then obviously you have to ask yourself questions.
"I just want to play football. I love doing that and coming in with a smile on my face every day."
Jerome struck in the 69th minutes last night, just three minutes after replacing Peter Crouch.
His effort cancelled out an embarrassing own goal conceded by Peter Crouch a minute before the break.
The point lifted Stoke one place to 13th in the Premier League table. It also means they will need to win their final two games of the season – at QPR on Sunday and at home against Bolton on May 13 – if they are to break the 50-point barrier in the Premier League for the first time.
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