Jerome calls for Zigic patience

Published Dec. 11, 2010 1:15 p.m. ET

Zigic signed from Valencia in the summer for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £6million, but has netted just three times in a Blues shirt. However, one of those strikes proved the winner against bitter rivals Aston Villa in the Carling Cup quarter-final earlier this month. The 6ft 7in Serbia international is in contention for a starting role at Wolves on Sunday and Jerome hopes boss Alex McLeish will opt for two up front. "When he gets good service he has shown what he can do," Jerome told The Mirror. "Obviously he's got his qualities otherwise we wouldn't have signed him. It's just finding the best way to get it out of him. "He's been getting a little bit of stick, but I think people have got to be patient with him and let him settle in at his own pace." Zigic looks to have won over the Birmingham fans after his derby winner and subsequently came off the bench to make an assist against Tottenham three days later. The 30-year-old's presence on the pitch excites Jerome, who has limited Zigic's starting chances, and he is hoping for more of the same at Molineux. "When the big man came on, he started to win a couple of flick-ons and it gets us pushing up the park," said Jerome, who has not found the net in five matches. "It is something to work off with the big man. Then the wide boys get their territory in their half and they can get the ball up and put in good balls, which is where we got the goal from against Spurs."