Jonathan Rowe has been writing his own headlines since the start of the season - but he had to settle for a supporting role in Norwich City's 1-0 victory against Stoke. 

The winger has been a standout in City's early season progress and was influential again, albeit not the major protagonist in their third successive Carrow Road victory. 

With his popular new chant being sung outside the ground and in the terraces throughout, Rowe has become a favourite with City supporters and is a well-regarded member of the dressing room owing to his infectious personality. 

Rowe's sparkling start to the campaign hasn't come as a surprise to many internally who have waited for the winger to explode onto the season, having shown promise throughout his time in the academy. 

Injuries and setbacks halted him - but Rowe continues to look hungry and possesses a relentless desire to keep improving. 

He has been the major protagonist in so many of Norwich's conquests this season and, despite performing well at Carrow Road, it wasn't an occasion where his name was shining up in lights. 

Rowe can take pride in the manner of his performance, however. In a dominant first half display for City, he was influential and gave his counterpart Mehdi Léris a torrid time owing to his direct running, technical quality and movement. 

Norwich made the most of both flanks to cause Stoke problems in the opening period. Jack Stacey and Christian Fassnacht were combing nicely on the right with Rowe and Dimi Giannoulis causing problems on the left. 

Both wingers are happy to invert and allow the full backs space to attack their respective flanks, which opens up crossing opportunities for Norwich on a regular basis. It also allows of diagonal passes being played to switch the play and alter the focal point of the attack. 

Rowe was heavily involved in teeing up Gabby Sara's shot from range after four minutes. There was a lovely turn that presented a shooting opportunity later in the half, only for Mark Travers to save plus a blocked effort after nice combination play with Ashley Barnes and Adam Idah. 

Despite not being able to get on the scoresheet himself, Rowe was still active in City's winning goal. 

The winger has displayed his nous to position himself to profit from goalscoring opportunities and willingness to attack balls that come into the box. 

Although he didn't connect with Christian Fassnacht's cross from the right, his movement forced Leris to defend the situation and deflect the ball into Stacey's path for the opening goal on the stroke of half-time.

Rowe carries a constant goal threat but is also a very capable ball carrier. He penetrates opposition lines and can glide past defenders when in full flow. 

Part of his footballing education will be about recognising what a positive performance looks like without a goal or an assist - this was an example of it. 

Wagner may welcome this experience for Rowe. During his career, he will encounter frustration and not everything will go his way. But controlling the controllables and hitting the required metrics will be important for him. 

The Pink Un: Jonathan Rowe played his part in the victory at Carrow Road.Jonathan Rowe played his part in the victory at Carrow Road. (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd)

This should be reflected upon positively and was another performance that illustrates why Rowe has become such an important part of Norwich's first team since the start of the campaign. 

It is a testament to his performances that opposition sides are beginning to pay him more respect. Rowe will have to continue to get used to the persistent fouling and increased attention that comes with his progress. 

Yet, despite the awards and international call-ups, there remains work to do within his game. 

If Rowe wanted inspiration about his defensive work, then watching Fassnacht's work would be welcomed. That's not to say it's non-existent, but Wagner has said himself more development is required. 

Rowe was eventually replaced by Onel Hernandez on 71 minutes - at that point, the tank looked to have emptied. 

David Wagner has passed comment on it before, but Rowe seems to be committing so much to matches that he is running on empty by the time the hour mark appears. 

Whether that is youthful exuberance and something that needs to be managed more cautiously or whether it is a welcome byproduct of his work rate is ultimately up to Wagner and his coaching team to decide. 

The challenge for Rowe is consistency after a blistering start to the campaign. Positive and productive performances without the eye-catching output is his challenge moving forward. 

Rowe has already been called into the England U20s squad for next month's fixture against Romania and will get exposed to plenty more Championship minutes in the meantime. 

His impressive start to the campaign continued against Stoke, even if it lacked the sparkle of previous displays. 

The Pink Un: Jonathan Rowe was replaced by Onel Hernandez on 71 minutes. Jonathan Rowe was replaced by Onel Hernandez on 71 minutes. (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd)
VERDICT: It was a productive performance but not one that contained the X Factor that supporters have accustomed to. Influential in the first half and gave Mehdi Léris a torrid afternoon. Key to Jack Stacey's winner. 

RATING: 7 out of 10