Matt Targett made just his second Premier League appearance of the 2019/20 campaign in Aston Villa’s clash with Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
And the 24-year-old made a huge impression on the Villa fans with his performance in what proved to be a 5-1 win for Dean Smith’s side.
Injury had ruled the defender out of Villa’s four Premier League matches between August 23 and September 22 – he has featured twice in the EFL Cup this term, though, and is now looking to secure a regular role in the league.
According to WhoScored, Targett had a pass success rate of 76% during his 90 minutes on the field, whilst he also set up Conor Hourihane for Villa’s fourth of the match.
Neil Taylor has not really convinced at left-back this season – failing to prove any meaningful contribution in the final third – and Targett could well develop into Smith’s first choice in that area of the field moving forward.
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A selection of the Twitter reaction to his display at Carrow Road can be seen below:
You are the final piece.
— Ian James ? (@IanJamsie) October 5, 2019
Unreal today ? stay fit!! ?
— Craig Nealis (@CraigavfcNealis) October 5, 2019
You was a great player today you are a great signing you’ll help us stay up as that is our goal. By far one of my favourite players in the team. Go on Matty
— Ben Abercrombie (@BenAbercrombie8) October 5, 2019
You played absolutely brilliant today mate, you made a huge difference to our squad. ?????
— asty? (@stehical) October 5, 2019
Matty, improving every week kid, keep it up. Top lad. #utfv
— TweetShipper (@TweetShipper) October 5, 2019
Quality performance today ?
— Peter Barnes (@pdb1978) October 5, 2019
Going to become a villa legend
— Brian Jones (@beejones80) October 5, 2019
Brilliant again today matty 5 star performance all round utv
— davidsmith (@DavidsmithMrbre) October 5, 2019