Isaac Success has risked irking the wrath of new coach and renowned disciplinarian Walter Mazzarri by not travelling with the team for their pre-season camp.
Success is not in Austria with the Hornets and a reliable source has told us this evening it’s because he has lost his passport. The news is unlikely to have gone down well with Mazzarri who is placing huge significance on this intense period together overseas. Mazzarri is using the private week-long camp to step up fitness levels, develop combinations and, most significantly, decide who will make the cut for the 25-man Premier League squad.
Success will be named in the squad, as one of the unlimited number of under-21 players allowed, and we are told Mazzarri is known to already be a big fan of the Nigerian as a player, but this travel issue will not have impressed him and reduces his chances of getting sufficiently up to speed to be able to start the first game of the season at Southampton.
Success, who had to apply for a work permit before he joined, only arrived at the club on July 8 and has been staying at Sopwell House. If he has lost his passport, it can’t have gone very far. He is thought to be back at London Colney training with the likes of Sean Murray, Alex Jakubiak and Juan Paredes, the Ecuadorian who has not travelled because of a visa issue. Valon Behrami is not in Austria either as his wife has given birth to their second child.