Pundit Carlton Palmer thinks Matt Targett’s Aston Villa career could be over following his loan move to Newcastle United, GiveMeSport report.
The Lowdown: Newcastle debut
Targett, who sealed a loan move to St James’ Park on deadline day, made his first appearance for the Magpies on Tuesday evening.
What should Villa do with Targett?
Look to sell!
The left-back helped Newcastle to a 3-1 win over rivals Everton, with Gregg Evans labelling his first performance under Eddie Howe as ‘excellent’.
There is no option to buy in Targett’s loan move, but Palmer doesn’t think the full-back has a future at Villa Park.
The Latest: Palmer’s comments
“I think he’s done but I think he’s been unlucky. I think he’s played well whenever I’ve seen him play for Aston Villa, but Steven Gerrard wants to play a different way.
“He wants to play with his full-backs further up the field and Digne is his number one full-back now.
“If Matt goes back there, he is playing second fiddle, so his future is away from Villa Park now.”
The Verdict: Gerrard has a decision to make
Steven Gerrard brought in Lucas Digne from Everton last month and admitted that he would have preferred for Targett to stay.
The Villa boss then revealed that the door is now open for youngster Ben Chrisene to challenge Digne, so with Targett set to return in the summer, Gerrard may have a big decision to make.
Targett is still under contract until 2025 with Villa, and after his decision to leave last month, Villa may well look at a chance to cash in on a permanent exit, especially with the club also keen on Bologna youngster Aaron Hickey.
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