Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has told Transfer Tavern in an exclusive interview that Matt Targett is not yet at the level of Chelsea star Ben Chilwell and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.
The left-back has impressed this season, winning on average 2.1 tackles per league game (via WhoScored). Only Matty Cash (2.7) on the opposite flank is making more in Villa’s squad.
If Targett can maintain this form, then he could be in line to win his first senior England cap in the near future, with the Mirror reporting last month that the 25-year-old is a player who Gareth Southgate has looked at.
On the English left-backs, the ex-Villa player told TT:
“Shaw has been excellent. Chilwell, obviously, his big move and… still feel he’s been a little bit hit and miss but, you know, on the England front, he’s been excellent. I’ve watched three games and that left side really was a standout side for me, for England. So he’s [Targett] got a long way to go still, but he’s certainly heading in that sort of right direction.”
While the European Championships may come too soon for Targett, an England call-up in the future certainly looks like a possibility, especially given Shaw’s injury record.
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