Jerome left frustrated
Cameron Jerome has spoken again of his frustration at a lack of playing time at Stoke, but insists he is not planning to leave this summer.
Last Updated: 02/05/12 10:49am
Cameron Jerome has spoken again of his frustration at earning a lack of playing time at Stoke, but insists he is not planning to leave this summer.
The 25-year-old linked up with the Potters in 2011 after suffering relegation out of the Premier League with Birmingham.
He welcomed the opportunity to remain in the top flight, but has been unable to hold down a regular role at the Britannia Stadium.
Tony Pulis has often called on him for cup fixtures, both domestic and European, but Jerome has been handed just six starts in the league.
He believes he is the victim of an unfair rotation policy, having proved what he is capable of by stepping off the bench to grab Stoke's leveller in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday.
"I think I have made a big impact this year. In the Europa League I have played most of the games and scored a few goals, and I have scored in the domestic cups," Jerome 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.
"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 still has three years left to run on the contract he penned last summer and insists he will not be looking to break that agreement despite enduring a disappointing debut campaign.
He added: "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.
"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.
"I just want to play football. I love doing that and coming in with a smile on my face every day."