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Aston Villa defender Matt Targett is finally beginning to thrive

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Aston Villa defender Matt Targett is finally beginning to thrive

Aston Villa realistically went into the new season needing an upgrade at left-back for 30-year-old Neil Taylor and Matt Targett was signed in the summer to help fill the full-back role.

Dean Smith’s side paid around £11million (Sky Sports) to sign Targett from Southampton and it has taken him some time to find his best form.

The 24-year-old was rotated with Taylor during the opening months of the season for the defensive position and it didn’t look like there was much to separate the, but it looks like the penny has now dropped.

Targett put in a sensational individual display on Tuesday night during Villa’s 2-1 victory over Leicester in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Trezeguet’s stoppage time goal put them through to a cup final, but Targett was certainly one of the stars on the pitch.


He opened the scoring in emphatic fashion with an effort he powered into the ground and beyond goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, while all game he was tireless on the flank up and down the pitch.

That display has followed up a series of encouraging contributions from him of late and he now is really starting to look settled.

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Villa boss Smith appears to have pulled off a masterstroke with a change of formation converting to three at the back with wing-backs and the new system is getting the best out of the ex-Southampton defender.

He’s immediately looking more comfortable as a wing-back rather than a traditional full-back and the licence to go forward is adding more to him as a player.

There is an obvious link up developing between Targett and captain Jack Grealish on the left, which is one that can keep getting better and that combined together for the goal against Leicester.

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