Nelson Oliveira made his point against QPR - will he keep his place against Aston Villa ahead of Cameron Jerome?

Who starts against Aston Villa on Saturday - Nelson Oliveira or Cameron Jerome? Picture: Paul Cheste

Who starts against Aston Villa on Saturday - Nelson Oliveira or Cameron Jerome? Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

When Nelson Oliveira rolled home to give City the lead last night he made his point – and with a lot more subtlety this time.

If Daniel Farke wants a clinical finisher with a touch of class this season he need look no further than the Portuguese forward.

The fact Oliveira has an edgy arrogance about his personality may just work in City's favour this season but he will need to be carefully managed as his histrionics at Fulham on the opening day demonstrated.

That's not to say that striker rival Cameron Jerome still doesn't have a big part to play this season.

Whilst the former Stoke man is yet to get off the mark this season he is a proven Championship striker, who will get into double figures given the opportunities.


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He also offers the kind of workrate that is missing from Oliveira's game at times and from a defensive point of view his height could prove very useful at defending set pieces.

With that in mind Farke may have another tough decision to make on Saturday when the Canaries travel to Villa.

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Steve Bruce's star-studded side haven't got off to the best of starts to put it politely and it has been something of a rude awakening for John Terry at the heart of their defence.

With the former Chelsea man likely to be alongside James Chester – there is therefore an argument that the more athletic Jerome should be deployed from the start to run the pair ragged before unleashing the more cultured Oliveira later on.

It's safe to say that it wouldn't go down well with Oliveira but Farke isn't here to win popularity contests and has shown in his short time at City that he isn't afraid to make tough decisions.

So, who would you start?

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