Walter Mazzarri is weighing up whether to unleash Isaac Success from the start against Middlesbrough on Sunday.
The Nigerian wrecking ball has been a revelation every time he’s charged off the bench and the calls for him to get the nod from the off, for the first time in a Watford shirt, are becoming irresistible.
However, Mazzarri wants to make sure he has recovered from the dead leg that ruled him out of international duty and then if a game at the Riverside is the moment to give the 20-year-old his head.
“He’s recovered very well; he looks ok,” said Mazzarri. “The only thing I need to check is if he has 90 minutes in him and if he has recovered completely from the last game. He’s adapting very well to English football. Every time he came in, including Burnley when the rest of the team was bad, he was one of the best. Since he hasn’t been training a lot I need to understand if he has 90 minutes. I’m reflecting on it, I’m evaluating the options. It’s something I will decide at the last minute.”
Mazzarri cooled talk of any issue with the Nigerian Football Federation who, according to reports coming out of Africa, were suspicious over Success’ withdrawal from their World Cup qualifying squad.
“We have a very good relationship with the Nigerian FA,” said Mazzarri. “Immediately after the [Bournemouth] game we sent the email to the Federation [to say he was injured] and spoke them to on the phone. They replied that the player was excused.”