Self-assured Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome believes that he has a style of play that no one else can match at the club.
With manager Alex McLeish likely to rotate a few places for tomorrow’s FA Cup third round match at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Jerome could be handed a chance in his favoured position up front.
If given that opportunity, the England Under-21 international will be eager to have the same impact as the last time Birmingham faced Wolves when he came off the bench at half-time to score during the 1-1 Championship draw in November.
Despite largely playing the role of impact player for most of the season, Jerome has still chipped in with his fair share of goals, six to be exact.
While he is willing to put in a shift in his unfavoured position out on the wing, the former Cardiff City player admits that his strength is coming through the middle and scoring goals.
Birmingham’s other strikers may feel that they have their own individual strengths to bring to the side but Jerome is confident that there is nobody else amongst the squad like him.
“I’ve got my own style, nobody else plays like me at the club and no one can,” said Jerome.
“That’s the asset I’ve got and that is what I bring to the team. Everyone’s different, all five strikers are different, you could argue one or two are similar, but everyone brings their own little bit to the table. It just depends what is right for any particular game.
“I’m always confident I can finish. If I’m given an opportunity I believe I can score every time it’s just that sometimes we don’t get many chances in a game. When chances come few and far between some times you do tend to snatch a bit.
“That’s not just me, that’s a few of the lads as well.
“We’ve started to create more chances now and everyone is more confident because when you’re already winning when you come on there’s less pressure. If you get a couple of chances a game then you are confident as a striker that you are going to stick at least one of them away.”
McLeish may be forced to put out a familiar-looking back four tomorrow due to right-back Nicky Hunt returning to Bolton Wanderers but the Scotman could shuffle a few roles further up-the-field.
That could result in a debut for new signing Keith Fahey in midfield. The Irishman, who officially becomes a Birmingham player today following his recent £300,000 transfer from St Patrick’s Athletic, has been impressive in training and, should he be able to shake off the effects of a recent chest infection, McLeish could give him the nod against Wolverhampton.
Meanwhile Birmingham City yesterday unveiled their much-heralded ten point plan for the club’s New Year…New Start campaign.
The Blues’ board of directors have made a series of promises in a bid to address flagging attendances at St Andrew’s and reignite a feel-good factor.
The plan includes a number of improvements to St Andrew’s such as the installation of a big screen for the 2009/2010 season, an improved public speaker system and the creation of a new sense of identity and history at the stadium.
Also in a bid to win their supporters over, Birmingham’s board have also announced a number of season ticket initiatives, the expansion of their ‘Our City, Our Vision’ community message and the promise to listen to and value fans’ feedback.