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Boss hails 'fantastic' Cameron.

ALEX McLeish has declared that Cameron Jerome is maturing into a 'fantastic' Premier League striker.

Jerome scored twice as Blues defeated Blackburn Rovers 2-1 last night to move to sixth.

McLeish said his performance was the kind he wanted regularly from the 23-year-old.

"I've kept saying Cameron is a work in progress in terms of the Premier League,'' said McLeish.

"He has been there before and I challenged him at the start of the season to improve and show he could really cause defences problems and last night he was a fantastic centre-forward in the Premier League.

"He looked every inch a Premier League player.

"He was a real handful for Blackburn. He led the line well, he took his goals well. A scramble at the first one maybe but the second one was a brilliant finish in the bottom corner from a great pull-back. He showed great composure."

Since Jerome and Christian Benitez got free from injury, international absences, became fully fit and were paired together, Blues have not looked back, spearheading Blues' eight-game unbeaten run that has taken Blues to their highest league position since April 2004, when Steve Bruce's side were sixth with just half-a-dozen games of that season to go.

"Cameron is maturing and he has got a regular partner," said McLeish.

"There is a bit of a gel there. His pace and power we all know about but on last night's performance he has added a good few things to those threats.

"He and Chucho looked very dangerous. The more they play together, the more the partnership gets stronger."
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