McLeish warns Jerome to stick to task

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 06:30

BIRMINGHAM boss Alex McLeish believes Cameron Jerome is developing into a top class striker – but warned the former England Under-21 player will ''come unstuck" if he thinks he is already the finished article.

Jerome is be looking to build on a run of four goals in his last five Barclays Premier League appearances in tomorrow's encounter with bottom-placed Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

The former Grimsby Town Youth player – who was released by Neil Woods for being a disruptive influence – has formed an effective partnership with summer signing Christian Benitez.

The pair have helped City put together a 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

But McLeish feels there is still more to come from the player signed by his predecessor, Steve Bruce, from Cardiff during the summer of 2007.

McLeish said: ''Cameron, this season, has taken a lot on board and has got better and better, but there are other things he can keep working on.

''Cameron and Christian have formed a good partnership and he has led the line the well. He is certainly a threat to defenders who worry about his pace and his power.

''When Cameron has got confidence, he can be pretty unstoppable."



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