Stoke City: Jerome grows impatient at lack of opportunities to show off his talent
CAMERON Jerome says he may have to discuss his future with Tony Pulis if he can't get regular games at Stoke City.
The striker is expected to start at Tottenham tonight, but has been a bit-part player since signing for £4m from Birmingham City last August.
He says he has been frustrated to have started only 14 games this season, including just four in the Premier League.
He said: "I keep saying, 'I'll just work harder and get on with it,' but there comes a point where you think, 'am I ever going to get in the team?'
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"I don't know what I have to do to get a consistent run.
"I feel I train well, and the manager says I train well. Every time I come on I make an impact and score goals or assist in them.
"But when it comes to the following Saturday I don't seem to get a game.
"Everywhere I have been, I have played every week. It is a little bit of a shock and something I have to adapt to.
"Hopefully, my time will come if I am patient.
"I just want to play football. Hopefully the manager might put me in for a couple of games and give me more of a consistent run, then I am confident I wouldn't come out of the team.
"But I have to get that run first, so let's see what happens."
Unfortunately for Pulis, his opportunities to rotate the squad are more limited now that City are out of Europe and the FA Cup.
He will make changes for tonight's clash because it comes in the middle of a three-game week, but Jerome could be back on the bench for Saturday's home game with Manchester City.
The striker, who is seven months into a four-year contract, is well aware his chances could be limited now City only have league games left to play.
He added: "That's the thing. I've not really played in the league, so it is a little bit of a concern.
"I've not moaned about it or knocked on the manager's door, I just have to let my football do the talking, which is the right thing.
"But there will come a time where I will eventually get frustrated to the point where I have to sit down with him and have a chat and assess things.
"At the moment I am happy giving my contribution in training and in games."
Jerome could play up front with Kenwyne Jones this evening, or on the left wing because Matthew Etherington is likely to be given chance to recover from a knock on the knee he suffered at Liverpool.
Jerome has impressed supporters with his pace, work-rate and six goals, but that's not much consolation as he wants more opportunity to show what he can do.
He added: "It's nice to hear some good feedback when you are doing well, but I know myself what I am capable of and that what I am doing is good.
"It's there to be seen, you can't miss it.
"But I will keep going and hopefully my time will come soon."
Jerome came on as a second-half substitute at Liverpool on Sunday as City bowed out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat.
That dashed Stoke's hopes of returning to Wembley after they were losing finalists last year.
Jerome was also at Wembley last season, having helped Birmingham beat Arsenal in the final of the Carling Cup.
He says the City players were desperately disappointed to lose at Anfield, but could be proud of their FA Cup efforts after knocking out Gillingham, Derby and Crawley before putting up a fight at Anfield.
He added: "The cup draw had been kind to us this season, although being away in every round didn't help.
"But you have to beat a good team sooner or later to get to the final or win it.
"Liverpool are a good team, great in domestic competitions and strong at home.
"I thought we ran them close. We were unlucky, but we have done well in the cup competitions this year."
Jerome doesn't expect a hangover from that defeat as Stoke prepare to take on Spurs before welcoming Manchester City to the Brit on Saturday.
He said: "Tottenham will be a tough one, but we are more than capable of matching any team on our day.
"We will have to give it our all in both games and I am sure Manchester City won't like coming to Stoke."
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