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Aston Villa: Matt Targett to be available after the international break

Aston Villa: Matt Targett to be available after the international break

Matt Targett is set to be available for Aston Villa’s fixture against West Ham United following the international break, as reported by The Birmingham Mail.

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The 23-year-old was forced off after 42 minutes in the 6-1 Carabao Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra, having tweaked his left hamstring playing the ball down the line for Anwar El Ghazi.

Targett showed a glimpse of what he can do for Southampton last season, starting 13 Premier League matches and coming off the bench thrice, scoring one goal and making three assists, as per WhoScored.

He averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 1.9 clearances and 0.2 blocks during that campaign, while also making 1.4 key passes and 1.4 crosses per game.

However, it has already been shown that he has no guarantee of getting into the side, with Dean Smith having declared he must earn Neil Taylor’s shirt.

The Welshman has started all four of Villa’s Premier League games so far, averaging 2 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 2.5 clearances and 0.5 blocks, while making 0.3 key passes and 0.3 crosses per game.

These statistics show that Smith’s choices could eventually be made on a game-by-game basis, depending on whether he wants to be slightly more defensively-minded or adventurous in his approach.

While he will likely be available for the West Ham game, Targett may have to wait a bit longer until he is able to get some Premier League minutes under his belt.

That opportunity to show what he can do in a competitive game could come in the club’s next Carabao Cup match, against Brighton & Hove Albion on 25th September.

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