Monday 19 March 2018

Rams will play to the strengths of Jerome

Cameron Jerome
Cameron Jerome

Derby manager Gary Rowett will play to the strengths of Cameron Jerome to get the best out of their new striker in the push for promotion.

The 31-year-old has joined the Rams from Norwich and could be handed his debut in tonight's Sky Bet Championship clash against Bristol City (live Sky Sports, kick-off 7.45pm).

Jerome helped the Canaries secure a return to the Premier League with some 21 goals during the 2014/2015 campaign - including the opener in a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough in the play-off final at Wembley. Rowett is in no doubt how to bring the best out of the much-travelled frontman, who had found himself on the fringes of Daniel Farke's squad this season.

"We think that he will fit our style of play and some of the characteristics that you want, I think we always look at teams that play in a different way," Rowett said. "Norwich want a lot of build-up play, he's been coming short an awful lot and I don't think that is particularly his strength, so we have to look at ways that he might fit in to our style.

"He's been promoted three times, so there is obvious knowledge of the standards that it takes to get out of this division so he will hopefully fit in seamlessly to the dynamic of our team."

Derby's consistency in the Championship with just two defeats over 20 matches has seen them climb to second place, albeit still some 10 points behind leaders Wolves.

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