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Isaac Success Ajayi (born 7 January 1996) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for English club Watford as a forward.

Isaac Success
Personal information
Full name Isaac Success Ajayi[1]
Date of birth (1996-01-07) 7 January 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Watford
Number 10
Youth career
0000–2014 BJ Foundation
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Granada B 20 (9)
2014–2016 Granada 49 (7)
2016– Watford 49 (2)
2018Málaga (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2013 Nigeria U17 7 (7)
2015–2016 Nigeria U20 4 (2)
2017– Nigeria 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:02, 26 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2018

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Club careerEdit

Success was born in Benin City. He started his career with local side BJ Foundation Academy appearing regularly for the side.[2]

In November 2013 Success agreed to a five-year deal with Udinese, starting January 2014,[3] for a 400,000 fee.[4] However, he was only granted a work permit in March of the following year,[5] and immediately joined Granada CF, being assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B.[6]

On 31 August 2014 Success made his first-team debut, starting in a 1–1 away draw against Elche CF at the age of 18 years and seven months,[7] being their youngest player ever to appear in a La Liga match.[8] He scored his first professional goal on 7 December, netting his side's only of a home draw against Valencia CF, for the same scoreline.[9] On 7 August 2015 Success extended his link with the club, signing until 2019 and being permanently promoted to the main squad.[10]

On 1 July 2016, Success agreed a five-year deal with Watford in a record transfer fee, estimated around £12.5 million from Granada.[11] Success scored once in 19 appearances in the 2016-17 season and, after just one appearance in 2017-18 was loaned to Malaga on 31 January 2018.[12]

International careerEdit

In 2013 Success was called up to Nigeria under-17's for the year's FIFA U-17 World Cup, being also named vice-captain. He appeared in the first two games, but was sidelined during the rest of the tournament due to an injury.[13] Success got his first call up to the senior Nigeria side for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia in October 2016.[14] On 23 March 2017, Success made his debut for Nigeria, coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 draw against Senegal at The Hive Stadium in London.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 30 January 2019[16]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Granada B 2013–14 Segunda División B 5 3 5 3
2014–15 Segunda División B 15 6 15 6
Total 20 9 20 9
Granada 2014–15 La Liga 19 1 4 0 23 1
2015–16 La Liga 30 6 3 0 33 6
Total 49 7 7 0 56 7
Watford 2016–17 Premier League 19 1 2 0 0 0 21 1
2017–18 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2018–19[17] Premier League 23 1 2 1 2 2 27 4
Total 42 2 4 1 3 2 49 4
Málaga (loan) 2017–18 La Liga 9 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 119 18 11 1 3 2 133 21

HonoursEdit

Watford

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  2. ^ Eaglets Striker Close To Udinese Deal Archived 2014-08-29 at Archive.today; Complete Sports Nigeria, 10 June 2013
  3. ^ Isaac Success Confirms He Will Join Udinese In January; All Nigeria Soccer, 12 November 2013
  4. ^ Isaac Success, la nuova scommessa dell'Udinese (Isaac Success, Udinese's new bet); Tutto Udinese, 26 May 2013 ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
  5. ^ Isaac Success gets work permit today; The Nation Online, 14 March 2014
  6. ^ Success Isaac y Uche Agbo: nuevos jugadores del Granada CF (Success Isaac and Uche Agbo: new player of Granada CF) Archived 2014-09-03 at the Wayback Machine; Granada's official website, 18 March 2014 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  7. ^ Elche snatch last-gasp equalsier; ESPN FC, 31 August 2014
  8. ^ Success, jugador más joven en debutar en Primera con el Granada (Success, the youngest player to debut in Primera with Granada); Marca, 1 September 2014 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  9. ^ Granada 1–1 Valencia; ESPN FC, 7 December 2014
  10. ^ Isaac Success un año más de contrato (Isaac Success one more year of contract)[permanent dead link]; Granada's official website, 7 August 2015 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Official: Isaac Success joins Watford FC". Watford F.C. Club Journalist. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  12. ^ Watford: Isaac Success joins Malaga on loan, BBC News, 31 January 2018
  13. ^ Isaac Success fit for U-17 World Cup final; Goal.com, 8 November 2013
  14. ^ "Mikel Obi, Musa, Ikeme 20 others To battle Zambia". thenff.com. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Nigeria 1 Senegal 1: Iheanacho earns a draw for Super Eagles". Goal. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  16. ^ "I. SUCCESS". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Games played by Isaac Success in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  18. ^ McNulty, Phil (18 May 2019). "Manchester City 6–0 Watford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 May 2019.

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