Cameron Jerome is ready to stand and fight in Norwich City striker battle
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Cameron Jerome is ready to fight his corner for a starring role in Norwich City's attack.
Last season's Canaries' top scorer has had to defer in recent weeks to summer loan signing Dieumerci Mbokani – a fitness doubt for Saturday's trip to Manchester City – and Jerome accepts that comes with the territory in the Premier League.
'I wouldn't say there is any striker here who would throw their toys out of the pram if they are not selected,' he said. 'Obviously the manager has a difficult task these days. Football is no longer about 11 players, it is a squad game and at this level you are going to need to chop and change and rotate and use certain players in certain games. We have got an array of forwards here who are all talented and the manager has seen fit to change it around in the last few weeks and bring in Mbokani.
'It adds some competition for the likes of myself, Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty. Kyle has done really well for Northern Ireland and he is desperate to get his chance, but the manager has decisions to make every week and that forward position is one of them.'
Mbokani has scored twice in five top-flight games and Jerome predicts there is more to come from the Dynamo Kiev import.
'He is still finding his feet in English football but he has done quite well which is pleasing,' he said. 'He has good stock, having played at the highest level of club football. It is just about him adjusting to the pace of the English game and making sure he is comfortable with his surroundings. It helps to have a couple of French speakers in the squad and his international team-mate in (Youssouf) Mulumbu. That helps to settle in and he is getting closer to being match fit. He could be vital for the team going forward.'