Cameron Jerome in bold move to Derby County
Cameron Jerome has been a well-known player throughout English football over the past 15 years. The striker recently moved to second-placed Championship side Derby County for a fee of around £1.5m. But why switch clubs in January yet remain in the same division?
Jerome has played for multiple clubs throughout his career, spanning between Championship and Premier League levels. Starting out at Middlesbrough, he also played for Birmingham, Cardiff, Stoke, Crystal Palace and most recently Norwich. Since signing for the Canaries in 2014, the frontman managed 38 goals in 138 league games.
His style of play can be compared to Fraizer Campbell and Bradley Wright-Phillips. Jerome is capable of using his speed and dribbling to his advantage, as well as being adept at finishing. With his 6"1' frame, he can also use his strength to cause defenders havoc. Even though the 31-year-old has been around for some time, he remains a quality player.
Despite scoring only one goal in fifteen Championship games this season, Derby obviously believe Jerome is a great addition to their squad.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke won't mind losing his striker too much as his team have other reliable attacking options in Nelson Oliveira and James Maddison. Derby, meanwhile, also have quality in the final third. Matej Vydra is on 15 goals this season. David Nugent has six, while Bradley Johnson and Johnny Russell have contributed four each.
Jerome choosing to join Derby should come as no major surprise. The Rams currently sit in an automatic promotion spot. With the potential of playing Premier League football next season, the Huddersfield-born striker has much to look forward to.
Jerome must realise it will be difficult to gain regular playing time at Derby. He is aware that when he does get on the pitch, though, his contribution during the season's second half could help steer the Rams into at least a playoff position, perhaps the top two if he works hard and finds his best form. With six wins from the last eight games, Jerome's new team have a great chance to meet their target this campaign.
Derby's next fixture is against Bristol City at Pride Park on Friday night. Manager Gary Rowett will be aware of how well the Robins have performed this season - currently in fifth place, just five points behind the Rams. Despite City's good position, they have lost three consecutive games. Lee Johnson will be urging his side to make amends, but Derby will be backed by home support. Jerome's possible introduction could make it even more voracious than usual.
With 44 league goals scored already this campaign, Derby will be determined to add to that tally. Possessing the second-best attack in the Championship, Rowett will hope his new signing can give the club that little bit more firepower.
The Rams also have one of the best defences, conceding only 24 times. With Bristol City scoring just once in their last three games, Derby can look to capitalize on their opponents current form.
Cameron Jerome will certainly relish every chance he gets at his new club. With a manager such as Rowett, the striker knows there will be plenty of opportunities coming his way. But working hard on the training ground must remain Jerome's main priority for now. He can then aim to secure his place in the first team.