Linked with a move to Derby on transfer deadline day, Isaac Success started his first game of the season for Watford on Saturday and could now play a big part in the Hornets’ promotion campaign.

As previously reported, Success – a £12.5million capture for Watford back in 2016 – was a target for the Rams on deadline day, however, a move never came to fruition with Lee Gregory instead sealing a move to the East Midlands.

The Nigerian striker made his first appearance of the season in a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest earlier this month, featuring for two minutes at the end of the match.

Further substitute appearances came against Cardiff City and Rotherham United in 2-1 and 4-1 away wins, before he was awarded a start against Birmingham City.

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WATFORD, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: Kristian Pedersen of Birmingham City and Isaac Success of Watford FC battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Birmingham City at Vicarage Road on March 20, 2021 in Watford, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Success played for just under an hour as his side beat the Blues 3-0, making way for midfielder Joseph Hungbo in the 57th minute.


Watford are well on track for an instant return to the Premier League following their relegation at the end of last season. They are currently second, eight points behind league leaders Norwich City, who are also likely to reinstate their top flight status, but hold a six point advantage over third place Swansea City.

With just eight matches remaining, Success re-joins the Hornets’ squad at the business end of the season.

Should he impress manager Xisco and the club return to the promised land, he may just be fortunate enough to have a second crack at the big time – and thoughts of a move to Derby would be far from his mind.

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