Belfast Telegraph

Jerome seeks talks over Stoke role

Cameron Jerome feels he has been the victim of an "unfair" selection policy at Stoke and is seeking talks with manager Tony Pulis about the matter this summer.

Since signing a four-year deal with the Potters on transfer deadline day last August, forward Jerome has endured a frustrating time, starting only 16 games in all competitions. Although the 25-year-old's opportunities have been limited, he has still managed to contribute a fair share of goals, adding another in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Everton.

That strike - coming two minutes after his introduction as a substitute - took his tally for the season to eight and Jerome believes he should be getting more of a look in. He told The Sentinel: "I have not been given a fair crack of the whip - what I think would be a fair run in the side."

He added: "That's just my personal opinion. I train hard and I see what goes on in training. The rotation policy has not been fair in my eyes, but that is the manager's decision.

"Everyone else has to get on with it. You just have to try to make an impact when you get your opportunity on the pitch. But with coming on for 10 minutes here and there, it is very hard to make an impact in the Premier League."

Jerome is yet to discuss the issue with Pulis - who has described him as being "a great player to have coming on when the game is getting stretched" - but intends to do so.

"I have not really spoken to him about playing since I have been here. He picks the side and you just get on with it," Jerome said. "That's something I will have to address in the summer. To be honest, I am unhappy about not playing, but there are probably 10 or 11 other players in the same position as me."

Jerome, who says he has not yet contemplated a move away from Stoke, understands why rotation has been employed in a season where Stoke have faced the demands of an extensive European campaign, but is not convinced the system has been entirely just.

"I have not thought about leaving, but being the age I am and in my prime, I want to play first-team football week in, week out," Jerome said. "If it was a case of rotation fairly and on form, then I would probably be happy.

"But when you are just not getting a look in regardless of how other people perform, or how the team performs, then obviously you have to ask yourself questions."

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