Cameron Jerome pleased he’s created selection ‘dilemma’ for Norwich City boss Alex Neil ahead of Nelson Oliveira’s return

Cameron Jerome notched against his old club Birmingham City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Cameron Jerome notched against his old club Birmingham City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The battle to lead the attack for Norwich City is set to move up a notch this week, as Cameron Jerome and Nelson Oliveira go head-to head.

Jerome created and finished the opening goal of the Canaries' 2-0 win over Birmingham at Carrow Road on Saturday to pull level with Oliveira as top scorer in all competitions this season, on eight goals.

With his Portuguese team-mate now having served a three-match suspension, Jerome hopes he has the upper hand ahead of the trip to another of his former clubs, Cardiff City, on Saturday.

'With a club of this size you are always going to have depth in certain positions and competition for places is always healthy,' the 30-year-old said. 'We need every player turning up on form and on song, knocking on the door and giving the manager a dilemma.

'Nelson did that once he was in the team and deserved to keep his place. It's obviously unfortunate for him that he's found himself on the sidelines but one person's misfortune is another person's fortune.

'I've got the shirt at the moment and if the manager sees fit to play me next week then obviously I'll go with that and if not, I'll just have to get on with it, it's just one game and it's one of those things.

'We're going to need everyone between now and the end of the season because we've got 18 games and we need to win the majority of them to catch the chasing pack.'

Victory over the Blues moved Alex Neil's team to within two points of the Championship play-off places and Jerome is pleased to be playing his part in that revival, shaking off the back problem which forced him to miss three games in December.

After scoring his second goal in three games, the striker says he is again feeling fully fit and closer to his best form.

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'I had a period out of the team and the manager changed things around, and I had four or five weeks when I was injured as well so it's taken until now just to feel fit again,' Jerome continued.

'I feel fit now, I feel like I can move and feel really sharp again.

'When the manager's changed the team around Nelson has come in and performed really well, and it's been his turn to have a breather for a few games. So hopefully I can stay in the team for a couple of games and get back on the goal trail.'

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