Isaac Success makes first league start in 24 months

Former Nigeria junior international forward Isaac Success returned to the starting line up for Watford on Saturday in the Hornets’ 3-0 defeat of Birmingham City at the Vicarage Road stadium.

It was the 25 year old’s first league start for his Skybet Championship side since he featured for 66 minutes in the club’ 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium to Manchester City in a Premier League game in March 2019.

The Nigerian has now made 12 starts in 58 league games for the Hornets in England. He started 11 of the 54 games he featured in when Watford campaigned in the Premier League and one in four Skybet Championship games.

He missed 30 Premier League games due to injuries ranging from a groin strain to a rupture of the achilles tendon and 33 matches in the Skybet championship this term principally because of an Achilles tendon rupture.

Isaac Success will now be hoping to play his part as Watford are seeking an immediate return to the Premier League following their relegation last season.

The Hornets, parading two other Nigerians, William Troost-Ekong and Tom Dele-Bashiru are currently occupying the second automatic promotion slot behind Norwich City. They have 75 points from 38 games, eight behind the league leaders from the same number of games.

Meanwhile, Troost-Ekong made his 25th start in 26 appearances in the win over Birmigham City. The Nigeria vice captain has been an ever present for Watford since he switched the Italian Serie A for the Skybet Championship in England.

Dele-Bashiru was however expectedly absent as he is still recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture he suffered last October in the Hornets’ 1-0 loss at the Madejski stadium to Reading.


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