Scout Report – Isaac Success
Watford forward Isaac Success should arrive at Hull City by the end of the week in what has been a tumultuous pre-season and early season for the Tigers. Here is what we know about the Watford man so far:
Born in Benin City, Nigeria, the brilliantly named Success got his football education at BJ Foundation before spending a couple of years in their senior team between 2012 and 2014.
Having impressed in his homeland, he was scouted and subsequently snapped up by Granada of Spain and played in their B team during the 2013/14 season. 20 games and 9 goals followed for the ‘reserves’ before being promoted to Granada’s senior squad.
Success went on to appear 56 times for the Spanish club at La Liga level and netted another 7 times, though it was his overall performance level that brought him to the attention of Premier League side Watford.
He was signed last summer by the Hornets and appeared 20 times for them, though his goal tally of one has meant that he has not really ingratiated himself there. He is now available to go out on loan.
Style Of Play
Success is not overly tall but is strong enough and shows very good movement. He’d prefer to play as an out-and-out striker, hence is early excellent goalscoring record in Spain and Nigeria. However, he has largely been employed as a left-winger since then.
He is good on the ball and is happy to take his man on, hence his deployment down the flanks. However, I can’t help but think that he’d be better up front or at least as a second striker. It remains to be seen how Hull City will ask him to play.
We have to be brutally honest here; his record was outstanding in the Spanish lower leagues when playing for Granada B but that has taken a dive since. 68 games in La Liga and the Premier League combined have led to a grand total of just 8 goals for Success and so frankly, it seems like he needs a drop in grade.
The top European divisions appear to be beyond him as a forward and so a year in the Championship may well bring about more of an output in front of goal and a major return of confidence for the 21-year-old. He still has plenty to offer and at this age, he can only get better. Hull may help him along.