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Cameron Jerome may have to shoulder extra goalscoring responsibility in the wake of Nelson Oliveira's injury. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

Cameron Jerome may have to shoulder extra goalscoring responsibility in the wake of Nelson Oliveira's injury. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

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Norwich City may have to handle Cameron Jerome with extra care to ensure the Canaries frontman is able to spearhead the club’s promotion drive.

With Nelson Oliveira sidelined by a foot injury, extra responsibility has been placed on Jerome to lead City’s charge on the top six from the front.

Jerome did a sterling job in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle, scoring and generally running the Magpies’ back four ragged for much of the evening.

However, Alex Neil’s problem was demonstrated when a tired Jerome had to be substituted and replaced by Kyle Lafferty.

The Northern Irishman struggled to fill the void left by Jerome for the remaining 10 minutes, prompting concern amongst supporters how City would cope if Jerome was to suffer injury or loss of form.

Neil will provide an update on the fitness of Oliveira today, but the Portuguese striker is expected to be out for at least a month.

When Jerome lost form earlier this season, Neil was able to draft in Oliveira, who took up the goalscoring mantle, plundering eight goals since his first league start at QPR.

That luxury looks to have been taken away from City, meaning Jerome will have to be managed carefully physically to ensure he doesn’t suffer mid-season burnout.

Neil has said in the past that he isn’t convinced Lafferty can perform the all-action role he expects of his strikers so what are the other alternatives bearing in mind Carlton Morris is on loan at Rotherham for the rest of the season?

Steven Naismith could be deployed as a lone frontman, although whether he has the stature to perform such a role in the Championship is questionable. He is also sidelined with a hamstring injury at the moment but Neil has insisted it isn’t a “significant” injury.

Could one of the Murphys be used through the middle? Both have the pace and mobility that Neil likes his strikers to possess but would you want to take either away from the flanks where Jacob, in particular, has thrived this season?

It’s a tough one for Neil, who will be hoping Jerome can keep fit and firing whilst Oliveira recovers from injury.

City’s top-six berth could depend on it.

13 comments

  • Y&G through & through Brewer. Aren't we all The likes of TK speak with their head whereas we tend to speak from the heart. Mind you some speak from other places !! Let's hope AN is not just talking up the injury situation in case we slip up & go for a Burton. Think we will miss Pinto more than anyone. Guess most would take a draw tomorrow as long as we beat Ipswich.

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    Victor Bullimore

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • @Victor B, it was TrevorKeith that first mooted the Murphy striker notion. I just thought it had much merit. TK is a level-headed analyst of football and has done some management hours. I just do whimsy and talk off-topic squit!! But I am Y&G thro & thro!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I read somewhere Omar Bogle was being looked at during the window, unfortunately he went to Wigan and we know what happened next. No good crying over spilt milk, but I'm sure he would have been good for us. Onwards and upwards, hopefully camjam keeps firing, if not I'm all for Josh and Jacob stepping up with Laffs continuing to standby. Don't forget not only Javis but also Madison not far away in midfield. I predict 6 points next 2 games. OTBC.

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    canaryonaboat

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Lafferty will be on good money despite not playing. I suggest Norwich save the wage bill by offloading him and bringing in Luciano Becchio as his replacement. (If he hasn't retired, that is ?) He'd do a similar job for the club !

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    Johny

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • AN being arrogant of not giving LAFFERTY game time or loaning out players ( of which some are paid by NCFC to be out on loan I'm sure) over this season could come to bite him hard in the butt, he has proven time and time again the skills required to man manage NCFC players is extremely poor, as AN would say it's "FRUSTRATING" for us fans looking in from the outside. Anyways, CJ played a great game the other night but he was tired?? his fitness level as for many of the players is questionable? This has been an issue all season and it's starting to show more and more with each game being played, it is certainly an area where a more intense fitness regime is needed.... I am still not convinced on AN at the helm but it is what it is for now, OTBC...⚽⚽⚽

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    Houstoncanary

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • This situation is so predictable under the ' management ' of Alex Neil. Injury to CJ is an accident waiting to happen. The folly of loanining out of Morris & the stubborn refusal to give Lafferty meaningful game time is on par with the selling of Olson with Toffolo out on loan. Perhaps he plans to play Whittaker as cover for a striker. Brewers idea of having a Murphy or 2 as a central strikeris an interesting one. Oh hang on , aren't we short of midfielders due to injuries. Never mind , there's always Jarvis to come back .

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    Victor Bullimore

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Fair comment @OTFBC. Dwight Gayle has been prolific this season, but I suppose he doesn't really fit the "One up front" system favoured by AN? Agree about Morris, but @Lobbo has reported, on another thread, that CM has not started a game for Rotherham and was not even on the bench vs Huddersfield. Is he injured?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Fair comment @OTFBC. Dwight Gayle has been prolific this season, but I suppose he doesn't really fit the "One up front" system favoured by AN? Agree about Morris, but @Lobbo has reported, on another thread, that CM has not started a game for Rotherham and was not even on the bench vs Huddersfield. Is he injured?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Why did AN send Morris out on loan when he chooses to ignore Lafferty? The manager has never really got to grips with his strikers has he? I dont necessarily blame him but more the recruitment of a striker since Grant Holt. From Becchio to RvW there have been too many dud signings and you would have to include Naismith in the list, although he's not an out and out striker. Instead of signing Naismith had we signed Dwight Gayle in the January 2016 window then we could have maybe stayed up last season. Worst case we would have got relegated with a quality striker with the option of selling on.

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    OTFBC

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Mystery: Mark Armstrong's piece is timed @ 11.26, 17\02\2017, while I read it about 0900?? Is MA in a different time zone?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I honestly think Josh Murphy could be the answer with Jacob on the right wing. Both lads have the pace and ball control to frighten most central defenders at this level.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Thought very much the same in the latter stages of Tues night's match, when I realised that Lafferty was the only possible replacement for an increasingly tired CamJam . Maybe if KL had some gametime he'd look sharper, but the current problem just sharply illustrates the folly of not bringing in another striker over the last 6 mths . On the positive side, we're getting a fair number of goals out of midfield, but there are sure to be games between now and the end of the season that could be decided by one clinical piece of finishing, and if CJ were to get injured we'd struggle in that event. Let's hope Oliveira's injury is not as bad as feared ?

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    Rick

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I have no idea how good Lafferty could be in that role. As it stands, it is no surprise he cannot "perform". He gets B-O game time and must be ring-rusty and demotivated. It is a blow to lose Oliveira. CamJam has plugged away through his barn door avoidance\bovine bottom banjo bashing slump. Always gives 100% effort and is gaining a reputation as something of a defender-mugger. First City player to get into a double digit goal tally this season. Much underestimated player imho. Can Morris be recalled from that loan? It is a parlous state to have only one fit striker - if Laffers is to be permanently treated as a pariah.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

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