Stoke City v West Brom: Goal hero Cameron Jerome set for the subs' bench
CAMERON Jerome's reward for scoring Stoke's dramatic winner against Newcastle is likely to be a return to the subs' bench.
The 26-year-old striker also created Stoke's equaliser during a frenetic finale on Wednesday.
But while he has been assured he is high in the management's thinking, that is unlikely to earn the £4m recruit a starting place at West Brom tomorrow (3pm).
Jerome's pace marks him out from the rest of Stoke's stable of strikers, but he had gone three months without making a Premier League appearance before Wednesday's inspired introduction.
"What we saw on Wednesday is exactly what we want him to do because he can score," said Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp.
"You're obviously pleased for him when he takes his opportunity like that, and hopefully it gives him a lift.
"There's competition for places, but there is certainly a role for Cameron here and there always has been."
Jerome is likely to step up the pecking order tomorrow because Kenwyne Jones seems certain to start for the first time this season in place of the injured Peter Crouch.
"Kenwyne has had some good sub appearances lately, including Wednesday, when he also made the kind of impact we want," added Kemp.
"But if he gets the nod, he's got to take that chance and show he can be consistent."
Crouch was due to undergo dental surgery today after losing three teeth when struck in the face by Fabricio Coloccini's flailing arm on Wednesday.
"He's going to see a top dentist and I'm sure he will sort things out for Peter," said Kemp.
"Peter was in some pain, but I'm afraid that kind of thing is part and parcel of the game."
Crouch's absence also increases the chance of Michael Owen being included on the bench for the first time since October 27.
The one-time England striker has sat out Stoke's last five fixtures with hamstring trouble, but has stepped up his training regime this week.