The Lowdown: Burn’s new role
Targett has been limited to short cameos off of the bench in recent weeks, suggesting that he is no longer first choice at left-back in Eddie Howe’s eyes.
Instead, the manager has used Dan Burn, who is of course naturally a central defender, and given the emphatic 4-1 and 5-1 wins over Fulham and Brentford respectively, it seems unlikely that Howe will change it going into the weekend’s fixture against Manchester United.
The Latest: Targett ‘frustrated’
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones has claimed that Targett will be left ‘frustrated’ and ‘feeling hurt’ after losing his place in the side, but believes that he could still win it back:
“Yeah, I think he should be frustrated. If he wasn’t, then there’s probably something wrong with his ambition and where he’s at in his career, so I’m sure he’s feeling hurt by it, as you would be when you’re not in the team.
“To see Dan Burn in your spot, too, it’s not ideal, but his job now is to win his shirt back. And look, I’m sure Matt Target is somebody that will come back into the picture.”
The Verdict: Worrying
Yes, it is only two matches, but he fact that the North East club have won those comfortably suggests that Targett may find it difficult to win his starting spot back.
These will undoubtedly be worrying times for the Englishman, who signed from Aston Villa in the summer on a permanent deal in the hope that he would be the regular left-back going into the season.
Nonetheless, there is still time for him to win his place back, and he will just have to increase his efforts in training in order to impress Howe.
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