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Matt Targett can take confidence from Aston Villa teammate Frederic Guilbert

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Matt Targett can take confidence from Aston Villa teammate Frederic Guilbert

Matt Targett was one of several new Aston Villa recruits over the summer, but he hasn’t enjoyed the start that he may have hoped for since his switch to the Midlands.

The defender completed an £11million (Sky Sports) move from Southampton, but has been unseen so far and is yet to make his competitive debut for the club.

Villa manager Dean Smith has stuck with Neil Taylor at left-back in the opening three league games, which has left Targett watching on from the sidelines.

Targett is an attack-minded left-back that is being forced to be patient, but needs to be ready to pounce when his opportunity arises.

The 23-year-old should hope that he gets the chance to impress on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup second round clash away to League Two club Crewe Alexandra.

He may be drafted into the side if Smith wants to make rotations for the cup and it would make sense.

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Targett shouldn’t be too disheartened by his slow start at Villa and only needs to look at teammate Frederic Guilbert for some inspiration.


Guilbert joined Villa for £5million (Birmingham Mail) back in January and linked up with the squad in the summer after remaining at Caen on loan for the rest of last season.

The 24-year-old arrived to strengthen competition at right-back and was left out of the team in the opening two fixtures, with Ahmed Elmohamady preferred to start.

But he did get his opportunity in the win against Everton last Friday in the league and he seized it by turning in a brilliant debut.

Smith has shown loyalty in the early weeks of the season to the full-backs that helped achieve promotion from the Championship last season, but there is now competition for places in the squad.

It looks like Guilbert has overtaken Elmohamady at right-back during the space of one fixture, so Targett should take confidence in believing he can do the same at left-back with Taylor.

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