Derby boss Rowett doesn't feel City were making the most of Jerome's ability
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Derby boss Gary Rowett has added some spice to Saturday's clash with Norwich City after suggesting the Canaries weren't getting the best out of Cameron Jerome.
The striker was sold to the promotion-chasing Rams for an initial £1.5million during the January transfer window, which could rise to around £2m should Rowett’s side go up.
They sit second in the Championship table ahead of City’s visit to Pride Park, with Jerome scoring his first Derby goal in a 3-0 home win over Brentford on Saturday, having also created Tom Huddlestone’s opener.
“Cameron is an all-rounder,” Rowett said. “He is strong, he is physical, you can kick to him, put balls in behind and he can unsettle defenders. His build up play is pretty good and he can score goals.
“In nearly every full season he has had in the Championship, when he has been used the right way, he has scored 15 to 20 goals.
“He is not fully fit, you could see that at times against Brentford, but he will get better. The only way sometimes to get that fitness is to get him out there.
“We are really pleased with him, pleased he got his goal because that always settles strikers down, but pleased with his all-round performance also. He is going to be a big player for us.”
The 31-year-old scored 42 goals in 138 games having joined from Stoke in August 2014 in a deal reportedly worth £1.5m, going on to score 21 goals to fire City to promotion – famously scoring in the play-off final at Wembley.
He was sold having scored twice in 17 matches under Daniel Farke this season, 12 of which were starts, and is now part of a Rams squad which is unbeaten in 11 league games. The Canaries will also head into the game in good spirits, having won five of their last seven games, but Rowett feels Jerome has added to the firepower Derby have available, with former City favourite Bradley Johnson also in their ranks.
“We have got different types of strikers,” Rowett continued, speaking to the Derby Telegraph. “David Nugent has got great movement, can score goals, is a very busy player, and experienced.
“Sam Winnall is a goal poacher, who wants to get into good positions.”