Super Eagles forward Isaac Success has heaped praises on Watford for reviving his career which he thought was over due to injuries and loss of form he suffered prior to joining the Premier League side.
“‘I won’t lie, I was having difficulties and I thought English football wasn’t for me,” said Success who joined Watford for £12.5m from La Liga side, Granada.
In an interview with Daily Mail ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Everton, Success expressed his gratitude to the coach for believing in him.
“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.’
‘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.”
‘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.’
The Nigerian has just signed a new five-year-contract.