A club record fee for a forward that scored just six La Liga goals for Granada last season in 40 appearances. That’s a poor return for a forward whom Watford has splashed that kind of money for.
With little fine-tuning, Watford’s new man can be the star
While it might look confusing at first, an in-depth look into Success shows the Hawthorns have gotten themselves the real deal.
The striker started his football at BJ Foundation in Benin City. As a boy with dreams, he underwent trials at Nigeria under-17s and was called up to the squad for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
It was during the qualifiers that the striker showed his goalscoring instinct with seven goals in six games. He continued with his form during African U-17 Championship where he scored seven goals in five games as Nigeria lost in the final to Cote d’Íviore.
It was all going smoothly till he suffered a major set-back at the U-17 World Cup later in 2013. He was Nigeria’s main man ahead of the World Cup and was in fine form before injury struck.
Before the hamstring injury which ruled him out of tournament, Success had shown a glimpse of what makes special.
He scored a goal in Nigeria’s first game against Mexico, a goal which tells a lot about the striker. The forward raced on to a through-ball, tricked past two defenders before firing inside the near post.
This was Success at his best. Blessed with pace and incredible football that can dazzle any defender.
He scored in Nigeria’s second game too, showing strength and grace to smash a ball past the goalkeeper from a fine pass by Kelechi Iheancho. Injury struck and that was the end of the World Cup for Success.
Nigeria won the World Cup but Success’ progress had been slowed down. His talent wasn’t noticed like his teammates Iheanancho and Taiwo Awoniyi who replaced him in the team.
It was back to square one for Success who had to prove himself again to get the recognition he deserved.
He joined Udinese before immediately moving to Granada CF where he was assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B.
He played his way into promotion to the senior side and became a regular for the Spanish side in the 2014/15 season. That season he scored six goals in 30 games.
He also enjoyed a solid 2015 Under-20 World Cup with Nigeria, scoring twice in the group stage.
That has been the story of Success; getting to rework and prove himself everytime. With the club record signing at Watford, all eyes will be on the 20-year-old. He’s been here before and he will prove himself again.
Watford might have not gotten a proven star but with little fine-tuning, his name Success, will be the theme at the club.
Isaac Success' major strengths;
PaceGood physique Good dribbler Great shooter.