Nigerian striker, Isaac Success, has signed a transfer deal with English Premier League club, Watford FC, for a club record fee of £12.5m.
The 20-year old Success, who can play in a central or wide attacking role, is making a switch to the Premier League from Spanish outfit Granada.
Watford confirmed on their official website that Success had agreed a five-year contract at Vicarage Road, thus becoming the Hornets’ third new signing ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, following Jerome Sinclair and Christian Kabasele.
With this new deal, Isaac Success now finds himself immediately thrust into the elite bracket of footballers following a breakthrough season at La Liga side Granada.
Having moved there from Udinese, it is a transfer that bears the unmistakable, self-pollinating imprint of the Pozzo family; it is however not a sop; the 20-year-old has certainly earned the attention, as well as the wages that will come with.
Success, who has played for the Nigeria U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets and Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after scoring six goals in 30 La Liga appearances last season.
His impressive performances during the 2015/16 campaign also earned Success the Granada’s Player of the Year award. Isaac Success arrived at Granada in 2014 and went on to play 56 times in all competitions, scoring seven goals.
Watford’s underdog status will provide the perfect platform, as will the preference of new manager Walter Mazzarri for swift, counter-attacking football.
The Hornets are also incentivised to promote and develop the player, honing strengths and smoothing over the rough edges in order to build his resale value down the line.
Success will now be joining another Nigerian, Odion Ighalo, as both strikers will hope to help Watford to a better campaign in the English Premier.
There have also been speculations that Watford rejected a sensational £37.5m (about N15bn) offer from Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG, who are keen on luring Ighalo away from England.