Jonathan Rowe: Goal-getter and standard-setter

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Jonathan Rowe

Jonathan Rowe

Steve Sanders, @ncfcnumbers

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Angus Gunn’s stops and Shane Duffy’s blocks were key factors in Norwich City’s vital win at Hull but the game’s decisive moment was delivered, once again, by Jonathan David Henry Rowe.

Rowe’s 12th goal this season already makes him the first Canaries player this century to reach that tally in a single campaign before the age of 21, and he only needs four more to become the top scoring midfielder in a season over the same time period (Bradley Johnson, James Maddison and Emi Buendia all made it to 15).

One of the most impressive aspects of Rowe’s goals is that they come in all shapes and sizes. Want important goals? His 11 league strikes have accounted for seven points, without which Norwich would be well and truly out of the play-off picture (and that’s without considering the unquantifiable value of those two at Portman Road).

Looking for versatility? Rowe has scored five with his right foot, four with his left and three with his head – and is the first Canary since Cameron Jerome seven years ago to have at least three in each category.

Long range pings your thing? Bradley Johnson (v Blackburn in 2014/15) was the last player to score goals from outside the box against the same opposition home and away, before Rowe became the two-time scourge of Hull on Friday night.

David Wagner may not be idolised on the Carrow Road terraces right now, but Rowe’s bumper season owes much to his manager’s tactics pushing his wide men into goal scoring positions. Christian Fassnacht’s thigh accounted for the 20th goal scored by a Canaries wide player this season, and the club’s wingers are currently outscoring their strikers 20-17.

Wagner’s side have only failed to score in three of their last 22 games. Rowe didn’t play more than 45 minutes in any of those three, and one wonders if Wagner looks back with regret at his decision to drop him for the recent 1-0 defeat at Millwall. Without the youngster’s ingenuity it could have been a similarly blunt tale on Friday.

Gabriel Sara has long felt like Norwich City’s key man, but Rowe might just be the club’s MVP at the moment. Now to just get to February…

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