Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie believes his old side have done a number on Southampton after signing Matt Targett.
Villa brought in the £15.3m-rated 25-year-old from St. Mary’s last summer and he has not disappointed.
In fact, his form has been so good, Villa recently decided to hand him a contract extension despite him only joining the club last season.
As for Southampton, Ryan Bertrand has nailed down that left-back spot under Ralph Hasenhuttl. However, with the England international 31 years of age and heading towards the exit door as his contract runs down, Hendrie thinks the south coast club might have missed a trick with Targett.
On the two English defenders, the former Villa player told TT in an exclusive interview:
“I do feel like they [Villa] have got one over on them [Southampton]. Ryan Bertrand, you know, he’s been a fabulous player and losing him when you haven’t got that strength in depth…
“So, yeah, I feel that Villa have got one over on Southampton by bringing Matt Targett to the football club and he’s relished, he’s blossomed into a good left-back.”
Going forward, Targett will be aiming to break into Gareth Southgate’s England squad, though that could be difficult due to the presence of Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.
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