Isaac Success has disclosed that he suffered depression last season at English Premier League side Watford as he struggled for fitness and form.
During Silva's spell, the Super Eagles striker endured difficulties ranging from fitness to a lack of self-belief needed for the tough English top-flight.
The 22-year-old has revealed that he doubted his ability to compete in the English Premier League, in the midst of struggles to get game time under former Watford boss Marco Silva, Both parties meet in Monday evening's Premier League encounter as Silva's Everton welcome the Hornets to Goodison Park.
Success explained that, in those periods, he ‘wasn't fit enough' and ‘ready' and struggled to prove himself to a coach that found it hard to believe in him.”I won't lie, I was having difficulties and I thought English football wasn't for me,” Success told Daily Mail.
“It was difficult to get my chance and I wanted games to lose some weight and get back all I'd lost. My career stood still. Being alone, not feeling my future was safe, that worried me. Mentally I wasn't OK. It was really tough, and not knowing about the lifestyle side of the football in England, I didn't get it right.”
Success is back to full fitness and has worked his way to becoming one of Silva's successor, Javi Gracia's trusted legs.
Those feats earned Success an improved five-year contract and he revealed that he had to imbibe some good and helpful habits to reposition himself at Vicarage Road.
“The main factor was that I wasn't fit and wasn't working,” Success continued.
“I made mistakes because I wasn't working hard and needed to concentrate more.”
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