With spells at Birmingham City, Stoke City and, more recently, Derby County, Cameron Jerome is quite the Midlands football veteran.
Perhaps of all is spells at Championship clubs, he is best known for his time with the Blues at St Andrew’s. For Birmingham, he managed 40 goals and 23 assists in an impressive 200 appearances.
He is one of a select number of good players who have managed to hit double figures in both the Championship and Premier League, netting 11 for the Blues in the 2009/10 campaign.
After experiencing relegation with Birmingham, the striker was snapped up by Stoke City who remained in the top division in 2011. His time there, though, was less successful as he managed just 12 goals in just short of 70 appearances.
He made his return to the Midlands with Derby County in his latest stint in the Championship. For the Rams, he recorded his best ever goals to game return with six in 20 outings.
He almost achieved hero status with the club after he scored four goals in the last three games of the season to save Derby’s play-off hopes. He went on to score in the first semi-final leg against Fulham too.
But enough about the past, what is the Championship old-timer getting up to these days?
Well, from Derby, Jerome moved away from British football for the first time and joined Turkish side Goztepe.
After missing the side’s first four matches through injury, Jerome has returned to a certain degree of impact. He has just one goal to his name after eight showings for the club but has had a greater impact on their season as a whole.
Without him in the team, the side had drawn two and lost two; with him, they have been in much better form, winning four, drawing two and losing just two in their last eight. Jerome’s only goal came crucially in a 1-0 win over Trabzonspor.
This change in form and fortune has powered the side from the bottom and into ninth place in the Super Lig, three points off of the European giants, Galatasaray.