Cameron Jerome is enjoying a new lease of life at Norwich City
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Cameron Jerome is savouring a new lease of life under Norwich City boss Neil Adams.
The 28-year-old struck a brace in the midweek 3-0 Championship win over Brentford to take his tally to four goals in four games since cutting his ties with Stoke City in the summer.
Adams made a persuasive case to bring him to Norfolk during the close season and the powerful striker is enjoying the proactive way City have set about the task of engineering a swift Premier League return.
'I would say he is probably the most attack-minded manager I have played under in terms of the way he sets up a team,' said Jerome, whose previous bosses included the likes of Tony Pulis and Alex McLeish. 'It is perhaps a little bit more difficult to do that if you are not one of the bigger clubs in the Premier League. You can't fire with fire when you are playing Chelsea and Arsenal every week because you just can't win so it's different in that respect but the manager here is very confident in these players.
'I noticed that straight away. He believes in them and he tells us to go out and express ourselves and play good football. That is his philosophy. He gives certain players licence to hurt oppositions but he also wants a high work-rate without the ball.'
Jerome and fellow new-boy Lewis Grabban have already profited from Adams' quest for creativity.
'You look at our offensive players and they are technically gifted footballers who like to create opportunities for others. That is quite a new thing for me,' he said. 'I have always played in teams perhaps with negative midfields where it is more or less holding out the opposition rather than giving the freedom to the likes of Wes (Hoolahan) and Nathan (Redmond) to go and hurt the opposition. That is quite refreshing for me as a striker that you will have players behind you trying to provide that ammunition.
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'I saw Lewis last year and have followed him through since he went to Bournemouth. He is a good player who has goals in him and he can play at a high level. He has had a fantastic start to his Norwich career so whether it's him or me or (Kyle) Lafferty or (Gary) Hooper we look like we have goals in our team with the right supply and that must be pleasing for the manager to have that selection headache.'
Jerome believes Adams has created the perfect environment for his men to flourish after getting the top job at Carrow Road over the summer.
'Neil probably had to have that transition from when he was developing younger players but every manager has to start somewhere and it is nice to see the club show that faith in him,' he said. 'He is an ex-player here and he had great success at Academy level. From what I have seen so far he is very enthusiastic and his philosophy on the pitch is refreshing. The manager has everyone's respect and you have to earn that. I had a good couple of conversations with him before I joined and I was impressed with what he had to say and he convinced me to make the move here and be a part of something good this year.'