Walter Mazzarri acknowledges Isaac Success is knocking loudly on the door when it comes to earning his first start of the season.
Success was a late arrival to pre-season and then missed the pre-season trip to Austria because he lost a key travel document. Yet he’s emerging, at a fast pace, as a genuine threat to the Deeney-Ighalo axis Watford have relied on for the last 14 months.
“He’s a player who didn’t do the whole preparation with the team in the summer, so we have many things have to consider,” said Mazzarri. “If he starts, has he 90 minutes in the legs or not? We have to decide who starts and who starts as a sub but, I agree, he’s a player with a lot of quality.”
On the evidence of cameo roles against West Ham United, Manchester United and Burnley, Bournemouth would much rather be facing Ighalo than his powerhouse compatriot who looks brimming with pace and power. Does Mazzarri see Success being able to lead the line, like Ighalo has been asked to do?
“Ighalo is, at the moment, a striker,” said Mazzarri. “He can play as a striker, he can play as second striker and as a winger, as he did against West Ham. Success is a more of a winger than a striker. He can start on the left and go into the box and shoot with his right. Ighalo has much more different positions than Success in this moment.”