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‘Isaac Success has to start the next game’

Walter Mazzarri sought to cool some of the hype around Isaac Success by insisting he must do more for the team if he wants to hold down a regular place in Watford’s starting XI.

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Success came off the bench for the anonymous Odion Ighalo and wreaked havoc, scoring the equaliser and almost grabbing the winner to add to the growing clamour for him to start. When asked whether Success’ performance would break the Deeney-Ighalo axis on the Watford team sheet, Mazzarri was almost Quique Sanchez Flores in his response. “Success has always played very well when he has come on, the only thing he needs now is to help the team more,” said the Italian. “As we see in today’s modern football, strikers need to run up and down the full pitch and help the team, and this is what Success needs to understand. If he gets this, he will be one of the most important strikers here.”

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Derek Payne also noted how much freedom Adam Smith got down the right once Success came on.

“Success should start, it’s just where he starts,” said Payne on BBC 3 Counties radio. “Does he play wide on the left in a 4-5-1 or does he play up top with Deeney? When you play on the left he has to have defensive responsibilities. Adam Smith did get a lot of room when Success came on and you need to be mindful of that. But I’d play him where he doesn’t have defensive responsibility and let the midfielders worry about that. He brings pace, which is something Watford don’t have a lot.”

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Paul Merson feels now is the time to let Success off the leash. “Ighalo? Don’t know what will happen with him but Success has got to start the next game,” he said on Soccer Saturday. “He came on and changed the game; he has so much energy, was all over the place and got the goal. The manager has got to look at this and say, ‘Ighalo bought nothing to the party.'”