Resigned to losing Ighalo, Watford eyes Nigerian replacement

Isaac Success

Watford are said to be almost resigned to the fact that they will lose their hot-shot, Odion Ighalo, to one of the continent’s big hitters at the end of the season.

The Nigerian forward has been the focal point for newly-promoted Watford so much so that he has scored almost 50% [14 out of 29] of the club’s goals in the 2015/16 season.

But the manager, Quique Sanchez Flores, is already talking up the likely replacement for the £12million-rated and that player is none other than another Nigerian in Granada’s Isaac Success.

“We are checking players for a long time,” Flores admitted to the Daily Mail.

“Success is a very good player, he has power, he has the physical characteristics to play in England, but he’s younger and we need to think about the future of this player, or if we have the possibility of this player in the future.”

“We have been checking players for a long time because it’s necessary if we want to be right at the moment to select a player.”

Success was a part of the Nigeria U-17 team that won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, but he is yet to play for the Super Eagles like Kelechi Iheanacho, who was in that same U-17 team.

But the Spanish manager is seemingly resigned to losing Ighalo at the end of the season with Manchester United and Arsenal rumored to be seeking the services of the striker.

“I don’t want to think like this, I am a really positive person.

“I understand everyone is talking about the future of some players in Watford but for me it’s necessary to keep calm and to trust the players that you do this in Watford.”

He then added, supposedly already resigned to losing Ighalo, “But football is football, sometimes the players need to go for other places.”

Watford are part of a consortium of clubs owned by the Pozzi family and this includes Success’ current club, Granada, and they have already signed another youngster from Granada in 18-year-old Adalberto Penaranda, but the striker was loaned back to Granada for the rest of the current season.


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