Isaac Success joined up with the Watford squad for the first time today and the signs are Watford’s club record signing is tailor-made for the Premier League.
Watford paid Granada £12.5m for the powerful forward and handed the 20-year-old a five-year contract. He was at the training ground in London Colney this morning and has been handed the vacant No 12 shirt, albeit the one on the old training kit.
“He is strong, quick and he has good skills to play either as a centre forward or wide,” said Nduka Ugbade in a recent interview. Ugbade is Success’ former coach with the Nigeria side who won the Under-17 World Cup with Man City’s Kelechi Iheanacho in their ranks. “His style is made for the English league,” he said.
Paco Jemez, the Rayo Vallecano coach who was linked with the Watford job after Quique Sanchez Flores was let go, will be pleased to see the back of him in La Liga.
“Granada base a large percentage of their play around him,” Jemez said last season. “He is a strong and powerful player, and that allows them to play a direct and incisive game in certain areas of the pitch. He has been creating a lot of danger and is one of their most important players.”
Salva Ruiz, Success’ former teammate at Granada, said the forward is “one of the strongest guys I’ve ever seen”.
Nick Dorrington is a freelance football writer and the author of Scout’s Notebook. He has followed the burgeoning career of Success closely.
“He is still raw and needs to work on his end product in order to become more consistently decisive for his side, but if he can avoid off-field distractions and remain focused on his development, he looks to have all the attributes necessary to become a very useful top-level forward in the coming years,” he wrote.
Success has been surprisingly ignored by Samson Siasia for the Nigeria Olympic team, meaning he will not miss a chunk of pre-season and any Premier League games in August. While the forward is excited about life in England and playing alongside his countryman Odion Ighalo, he admitted he left Granada with a heavy heart.
“Today is a bittersweet day for me, I want to say goodbye to … my colleagues and all employees of the club who have both supported me since I came to Granada, and this city that has given me everything,” he wrote in a farewell letter to the club’s supporters. “Heartfelt thanks to all who have been there, I feel if on occasion I have not given everything that was expected of me, but my intention has always been to give our best every day. Now I begin another professional stage that there was been possible without my learning and development in the Granada.”