Derby County have been dealt a blow in their potential bid to bring Isaac Success to Pride Park this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Watford Observer, who claim that the 25-year-old wants to stay and fight for his place at Watford, despite reports suggesting that the centre-forward looks likely to leave the club either on a temporary or permanent basis this summer.
One of the clubs reported to be interested in the Nigeria international back in February were Derby County, interest that is assumed will continue this summer, particularly if the Hornets do go on to make the striker available.
Considering how badly Derby struggled for goals last season, with the team scoring a Championship low of 36 goals and Colin Kazim-Richards being the club’s top league goalscorer with just eight strikes, the Rams’ attacking department will undoubtedly be an area in which Wayne Rooney will be looking to bring recruitments in this summer.
As such, the news that one of the 35-year-old’s targets of last season looks unlikely to be receptive of a move away from his current side is likely to leave Rooney somewhat gutted.
Although, whether or not Success would have been the man to bring the goals to Pride Park next season is a subject up for debate.
Over his 10 Championship appearances for Xisco Munoz’s side last season – only three of which came as starts – the £1.62m-rated man scored one goal, provided no assists and created no big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.5 shots and making 0.4 key passes per game.
However, with the £30k-per-week forward averaging just 36 minutes on the pitch in each of his fixtures, the argument could easily be made that, with more game time, the 25-year-old’s returns would have been significantly greater.
And, even with his lack of direct involvement in goals, Success still earned a decent seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.75, proving that the striker, whom Munoz’s dubbed a “big force” for Watford, can have a positive impact on games even without hitting the back of the net.
Regardless of all this, however, the fact that Rooney wanted to bring Success to the club, and the forward’s subsequent statement revealing his desire to remain at Vicarage Road ahead of next season, will no doubt have come as disappointing news for the Derby manager, who may well have to turn his attention in the transfer market elsewhere.