Success brewing for Nigeria's Isaac Success

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi is not the only 22-year-old Nigerian picking up form under new management. Iwobi’s pacey and wide attacking play has suddenly made him one the favorites amongst the Arsenal faithfuls. With three assists and one goal in five starts for Arsenal in all competitions, many Arsenal fans are hoping to see him become a regular in Unai Emery’s premier league team. There is another Nigerian slowly picking up speed in the Premier League. His name is Isaac Success.

Isaac Success of Watford during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on August 11, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom.  (Aug. 10, 2018 - Source: Alex Morton/Getty Images Europe)

Isaac Success of Watford during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on August 11, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom.

(Aug. 10, 2018 - Source: Alex Morton/Getty Images Europe)

When the big centre forward wearing Watford’s number 10 shirt slammed the ball into Tottenham’s net after shoving some defenders, many would have wondered who he was. I did, not because I didn’t know Isaac, but this striker game of banging goals from half-chances with the confidence of Didier Drogba was a new thing. This can’t be Success! I thought. At just 22-years of age, Isaac is probably one of the biggest and soon to be fierce center forwards in the English Premier League. It will probably take a few more games and goals to get everyone buzzing, because almost everyone looks at the numbers in this digital age. But it won’t be long now, he looks ready. He still has a lot of things to develop and add to his game and time is what he has. After joining Watford for a club record fee of around £12.5 million from Granada in 2016, Success struggled. He scored a single goal in 23 appearances, with many of them as a substitute. Competition for game time at the club was tough as then marksman Odion Ighalo, compatriot to Success, had cemented a striker position at the club, along with captain Troy Deeney, Watford’s goal scoring centurion. Fast forward a few years later, competition is not any easier even though Ighalo left for the Chinese Super League and Andre Gray came in, stepping up to the plate. What’s different is Isaac Success. A short loan spell in the La Liga with Malaga from January 2018 was not exactly a success as the Nigerian forward score no goals in eight appearances for the side who then faced the chop and got relegated.

When the big centre forward wearing Watford’s number 10 shirt slammed the ball into Tottenham’s net after shoving some defenders, many would have wondered who he was. I did, not because I didn’t know Isaac, but this striker game of banging goals from half-chances with the confidence of Didier Drogba was a new thing.
— Dennis Takaendesa, FirstTouch Africa
Isaac Success of Watford scores his sides first goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Stadium mk on September 26, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England.  (Sept. 25, 2018 - Source: Getty Images Europe)

Isaac Success of Watford scores his sides first goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Stadium mk on September 26, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England.

(Sept. 25, 2018 - Source: Getty Images Europe)

Isaac Success is still yet to start a premier league game for Watford though manager, Javi Gracia has given him some time in all of their opening seven matches. He is really knocking all doors right now and a start could be in the pipeline. Furthermore, it looks like Isaac timed his “reincarnation” perfectly playing for a re-invigorated Watford side that looks like it will smash all barriers this campaign, currently sitting sixth on the EPL standings, above Manchester United. Nigeria will also be delighted with the resurgence of the young forward especially after having most of their strikers misfiring at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He is like a new signing for both club and country and a welcome one, in the generation of Arsenal’s Iwobi and Kelechi Nwakali, Everton’s Onyekuru and Leicester City’s Iheanacho. Really exciting times for Nigeria!


Next up, Watford will welcome seventh placed Bournemouth to Vicarage Road on Saturday and we will be watching the nominee for Watford’s goal of the month for September. Being big, powerful and bullish - Isaac reminds me of Didier Drogba and Romelu Lukaku’s demeanour. Further success might just be brewing for Isaac Success.