Cameron Jerome has found opportunities at Stoke limited at best this season, and now it seems that manager Tony Pulis is prepared to let him leave on a three month loan deal in order to get some crucial first team action.
Jerome has been pushed well down the hierarchy of Stoke strikers, and with news that Pulis won’t be allowing Kenwyne Jones depart on loan, it appears that he is now fifth choice striker at the club. Peter Crouch, Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones and even Michael Owen are all preferred by Pulis, leaving Jerome frustrated on the sidelines.
This news has alerted several Championship clubs, who would welcome the experience and quality an in-form Jerome can offer. Remarkably, Jerome only signed for Stoke for a hefty £4 million last summer, a fee that seems even more ludicrous when you consider that he hasn’t started any game, league or cup, this season. So should Jerome be allowed to leave the Britannia Stadium, where would a likely destination be?
Firstly, Birmingham are desperately short of goals and creativity at present, and Jerome would represent a short term solution to these issues. Having only been at Birmingham as little as 18 months ago, he is already familiar with the club, and may be prepared to make a temporary return to the Blues.
Another side who are in need of a burst of attacking quality is Leeds United and Warnock has already expressed his views that he would welcome an arrival of Jerome’s calibre. With funds seemingly still limited due to the never ending takeover saga, short term loan deals may be the only realistic opportunity Neil Warnock has to add to his paper thin squad.
The most likely destination however appears to be Ewood Park. Blackburn have already made an official enquiry, and now their managerial situation has finally been resolved, a deal could be finalised over the coming days, although competition for his signature will remain fierce.
A key factor that surrounds this loan deal is which club are prepared to pay the highest percentage towards Jerome’s wages. As with the majority of loan deals, the level of contribution a club can afford is a crucial hinging point over any potential transfer. On his day, Jerome is a fantastic player, strong and creative, but he needs regular minutes on the pitch, something Stoke simply can’t offer right now. A three month loan deal would be beneficial to Jerome, and also to the club who secure his services.