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Isaac Success
Personal information
Full name Isaac Success Ajayi
Date of birth 7 January 1996 (1996-01-07) (age 25)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.82 m
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Watford
Number 22
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 63 (3)
2018 Málaga (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 14:39, 8 May 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2018

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

Club career

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

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

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, being their youngest player ever to appear in a La Liga match. 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. On 7 August 2015 Success extended his link with the club, signing until 2019 and being permanently promoted to the main squad.

On 1 July 2016, Success agreed a five-year deal with Watford in a record transfer fee, estimated around £12.5 million from Granada. 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.

International career

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. Success got his first call up to the senior Nigeria side for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia in October 2016. 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.

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Granada B 2013–14 Segunda División B 5 3 5 3
2014–15 15 6 15 6
Total 20 9 20 9
Granada 2014–15 La Liga 19 1 4 0 23 1
2015–16 30 6 3 0 33 6
Total 49 7 7 0 56 7
Watford 2016–17 Premier League 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
2017–18 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2018–19 30 1 3 1 2 2 35 4
2019–20 5 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
2020–21 Championship 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 63 3 4 1 4 2 0 0 71 6
Málaga (loan) 2017–18 La Liga 9 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 141 19 11 1 4 2 0 0 156 22

Honours

Watford

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