Club-record signing Isaac Success should follow the example set by his Nigerian teammate Odion Ighalo when it comes to adjusting to life in English football.
Success has trodden the same path to Watford as Ighalo, arriving in Hertfordshire via Udinese and Granada – and his £12.5m price tag suggests Watford are confident he has the raw ability to be a hit in the Premier League. Ighalo has set the bar high, scoring 37 goals in 63 appearances and finding the back of the net more frequently than any other player in the country in 2015.
“He’s a young boy,” said Ben Watson of the 20-year-old Success. “He’s still got a lot to learn but he’s only got to look at Ighalo who was in a similar situation, coming from Granda. He hit the ground running and scored tonnes of goals. If he can repeat that and be as good as Iggy then we’ve got another fantastic player on our hands.”
Watford fans have only seen glimpses of Success so far. He was given 23 minutes at Woking, 17 at Stevenage and then 15 at Queens Park Rangers. He was not afforded any game time in Austria as he missed the trip after losing a travel document. Craig Cathcart met him for the first time after returning to training at London Colney after the pre-season tour.
“He’s been on my team in training which I was glad about,” Cathcart told us. “He’s quick, strong and very direct. He’s something a bit different to what we have got.”