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Saturday 22 September 2018

Marco Silva happy with Isaac Success progress but warns he 'needs to be careful'

Marco Silva has challenged Isaac Success, pictured, to prove he warrants a future at Watford
Marco Silva has challenged Isaac Success, pictured, to prove he warrants a future at Watford

Watford head coach Marco Silva has challenged Isaac Success to prove he deserves a future at the club.

The 21-year-old Nigerian forward was arrested on September 11 following an incident at Sopwell House in Hertfordshire.

Success joined Watford for £12million from Spanish club Granada in August 2016, but scored just once in 19 appearances for the Hornets last term.

He has featured in only one game this season - as a second-half substitute in Watford's 3-2 defeat against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup in August - and now faces eight weeks on the sidelines following a knee injury he sustained in training.

"The player and everyone knows the obligations at this club and he knows the rules," said Silva, who refused to reveal whether Watford would discipline the forward.

"Of course people who love football don't like this situation. Football is his life. He needs to be careful - everyone needs to be careful - and know the right way. What we are talking about is one situation in September.

"I'm really happy with his improvement. He has not played more minutes as I had to make different changes in games due to injuries. I am happy with his progress and the player is starting to understand what my way is and what he needs to do to have minutes.

"Our obligation is to put the player in the right way. But you can't do this every time. He is a young player and he knows."

Silva has overseen just one defeat from his opening seven league fixtures as Watford boss, but will host an in-form Arsenal side at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening.

Andre Carrillo, the winger on a season-long loan from Benfica, could feature for the visit of Arsene Wenger's team despite playing in Peru's 1-1 World Cup qualifier against Colombia on Wednesday night.

But Sebastian Prodl, who has not played since he suffered an injury on international duty for Austria in September, is again a doubt, while Younes Kaboul remains sidelined.

"After their defeat against Liverpool, Arsenal have responded in a very good way," Silva said. "The last seven games they have won six and only drawn once, against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and they were really close to winning that game.

"They look like a more balanced team and with the ball they have a lot of quality. So, for us, it will be a tough game but that is what we expect against a good team."

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