Pulis issues striker challenge

Last Updated: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:43

Tony Pulis has challenged Cameron Jerome to show consistency in order to keep his place in the Crystal Palace side.

Jerome struggled for action during his time at Stoke, under the leadership of Pulis, which resulted in a season-long loan move to the Eagles in the summer.

However, the striker has started both games since Pulis took charge following the departure of Ian Holloway, and the Welshman has told him to keep on performing the way he is at the moment.

Pulis has also explained Jerome's lack of action at Stoke, admitting that competition for places forced him out.

"We took Cameron when we got into Europe - we needed an extra striker," said Pulis. "He didn't start many games but when you have got people like Peter Crouch, Jon Walters, Kenwyne Jones and even Michael Owen on that list it was always going to be difficult for him to nail down a regular place.

"He has been given an opportunity and now he has got to show consistency to be a starter in the Premier League."

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