Watford Grabs Point in 2-2 Draw With Bournemouth: What We Learned

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe Dan Istitene/Getty

Apparently, you can buy Success. Watford's summer signing Isaac Success came off the bench Saturday to gift Walter Mazzarri a point on his birthday against Bournemouth.

Callum Wilson had given the visitors the lead just after the half-hour mark with Bournemouth's only notable chance of the first-half, but Watford from the break as a different proposition.

Captain Troy Deeney pulled the hosts level five minutes into the second-half, nodding in from a Nordin Amrabat cross, only to see Josh King come on to put the Cherries ahead again.

A slaloming run saw the forward escape Valon Behrami and his deflected shot beat Heurelho Gomes, before 20-year-old Success came on to score the equaliser.

Here, Newsweek looks at the conclusions from the fifth draw in six games between Bournemouth and Watford:

Troy Deeney For England?

He may have been uncertain who to report back to, but England's assistant manager Sammy Lee was in the stands at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Jack Wilshere, on loan to Bournemouth from Arsenal, would have been high on the watch-list, as he looks to rebuild his career on the south coast. Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas would have also been footnotes on Lee's list.

But it is Watford captain Troy Deeney who, again, impressed. While his partner Odion Ighalo has struggled to rediscover the form of last season, Deeney continues to drag the Hornets forward.

Capable of playing intricately, but Deeney is best when playing direct. And after a poor, lethargic start from the home side, the 28-year-old pulled his team level in exactly that way.

A smart piece of play saw Amrabat turn Charlie Daniels and deliver for Deeney to power past Artur Boruc. He is a leader, something the England national team lacks, and may have been in the former manager Sam Allardyce's thoughts.

Whisper it quietly, but Deeney may deserve a chance with the Three Lions.

Wilshere Missing Creative Support

Just as Jack Wilshere had expected, he has become the main man at Bournemouth.

After making a deadline day move from Arsenal to the Vitality Stadium, looking to reignite his career, Wilshere has been deployed in an attacking position in Eddie Howe's midfield.

His problem this season, though, will be the lack of creativity around him. There's no Mesut Ozil, no Santi Cazorla, no Alexis Sanchez anymore. Wilshere is exposed and has to be the difference for the Cherries.

And he almost was on two occasions. Midway through the first half he glided past Valon Behrami, cutting in from the right, and looked to guide an effort into the far corner of Gomes' goal, only to see it rebound off the post.

Again, in the second half, the 24-year-old found the post in between him and his first goal for Bournemouth. But this time he should have scored. The increasingly impressive Stanislas darted down the right and drilled a cross in, reaching Wilshere at the far post. Goal gaping and Gomes scrambling, the midfielder skewed his effort onto the woodwork again.

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson, right, at Vicarage Road, Watford, October 1. Wilson put Bournemouth ahead. Dan Mullan/Getty

Howe hauled him off after 75 minutes, seeing Wilshere yet to complete 90 minutes this season.

Odion Ighalo Will Fear For His Place

If Mazzarri is as ruthless with his players as Watford is with its managers, Ighalo will not last long in the Hornets' starting line-up.

Linking up with Deeney last season, the duo proved an imposing and prolific proposition. Ighalo netted 17 times last season but the majority came in the first-half of the season; he scored just once in the league after January.

This season, the Nigerian has scored twice for Mazzarri but his compatriot Success will be a concerning figure for him at the club's London Colney training ground.

The 20-year-old's 65th minute goal was his first since signing from Granada in the summer, but his power and pace has already troubled Premier League defenses.

Ighalo will have to rediscover last season's form, and fast, if he is to remain in the side.