Nigeria forward, Isaac Success has revealed that he feared his Premier League dream was over after his struggles at Premier League club, Watford last season, but is delighted to tell a positive story today.
Success linked up with the Hornets in 2016 from Spanish club, Granada for £12.5m but his career stalled at a point due to injuries and loss of form.
“‘I won’t lie, I was having difficulties and I thought English football wasn’t for me,” Success told the Daily Mail ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Everton.
“The coach didn’t really believe in me. I wasn’t fit enough. I wasn’t ready, physically or mentally. Coming back from injury and all, I was frustrated. All the other players were really sharp and doing well.
‘It was difficult to get my chance and I wanted games to lose some weight and get back all I’d lost. My career stood still. Being alone, not feeling my future was safe, that worried me. Mentally I wasn’t okay. It was really tough, and not knowing about the lifestyle side of football in England, I didn’t get it right.’
Proposed loan deals to the Championship failed to materialise and injury struck, but few outside the club noticed with Watford in decent form and Brazilian striker Richarlison scoring goals for the club.
A loan spell at Malaga ended in relegation but Success returned to the Vicarage Road with a fresh determination to prove his talent and move his career in the right direction.
Success was offered the chance of a new beginning under Javi Gracia this season and he has grabbed it with both hands.
He has started six of Watford’s last seven games, ending his long wait for another goal and signing a new five-year contract.
The talented forward reflects further on what happened to him last season and the efforts he has put in to revive his career.
‘The main factor was that I wasn’t fit and wasn’t working. I made mistakes because I wasn’t working hard and needed to concentrate more. I’ll always be the same person but I needed to reduce everything I was doing and I’ve reduced it,” Success said.
‘I stuck to my plan. When you’re fit it’s more difficult to get injured, and if you’re injured you recover on time. So, this season is going well because physically I’m fine. I lost a couple of kilos and that made me faster and stronger. I feel sharper.”
Success added: ‘I have a coach who believes in me and he gives me confidence and freedom to do what I want on the pitch.
‘I was eating a lot of African food and it was a little bit heavy but I’ve cut that out and I’m on the team diet, eating with the team. Eating earlier at night, it’s really helped.
‘All of this has been a big change in my career and I say a big thank you to the Watford family for believing in me and for keeping me – and hoping I can get better. I am getting better. I am grateful for that.’