The Athletic’s Aston Villa reporter, Gregg Evans, has shed some light on a problem for the Villains with potentially signing a left-back.
Evans dropped this claim in the comment section of an article that he recently wrote for The Athletic discussing Aston Villa’s January transfer business.
What has Evans said about Aston Villa potentially signing a left-back?
In his article, Evans declared that signing another striker would be the ‘final piece’ of the jigsaw for Villa.
However, one reader commented on the article and asked the journalist if the club have got any intention of signing a left-back this month, going on to say that they feel recruitment is required in this area even more than in the centre-forward position.
Evans responded, saying that signing a left-back is something Villa will ‘probably’ look to do in the summer transfer window, rather than this month, before he stated: ‘The difficulty is signing a left-back and telling him he’s not going to play’ due to the form of current left-back Matt Targett.
Villa’s current left-back options
Indeed, Targett is one of two natural left-back options currently available for Dean Smith, alongside Neil Taylor, but the gaffer has relied heavily on Targett this term, with the 25-year-old playing the full 90 minutes in all but one of his side’s 17 Premier League games so far.
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So, it’s clear from his game time this term, and from what Evans said, that Targett is the undisputed first-choice left-back at Villa Park right now and with backup Taylor still under contract until the summer, it seems the club are set to stick with their current options at left-back for this season.
However, even if they do enter the market for a left-back in the summer, they could struggle to secure a quality backup for Targett based on what Evans said about ‘the difficulty’ for Villa being that a new recruit in this position may be deterred by Targett’s prominent role in the squad.
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All in all, though, plenty of people in football, such as Villa’s current assistant manager John Terry in the past, have stressed the positive benefits of having competition for places, so hopefully Targett’s form doesn’t prove too much of a hindrance for the Birmingham club in their search for another left-back.
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