Southampton picked up just their fourth Premier League win of 2018 and their first this season as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Despite playing well for the opening 55 minutes the previous week, Saints ended up on the losing side of a 2-1 scoreline against Leicester City at St Mary’s, and having taken one point from nine available there was early concerns that they could find themselves in another relegation battle again this season.
Those fears were certainly alleviated to some extent against the Eagles in what was another largely dominant display from the south coast outfit, with second-half goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg proving to be the difference.
Summer signing Mo Elyounoussi started for the third time in the space of a week for the trip to face Roy Hodgson’s side, and despite hitting the woodwork at one stage he is yet to show that he can make the same impact in England that he often did for Basel in Switzerland and the Champions League.
Despite an outstanding loan spell with Fulham last term in which he played a key role in the Cottagers winning promotion to the Premier League, Matt Targett has found first-team minutes hard to come by for Southampton so far this term – not helped by the fact he finds himself behind Ryan Bertrand in the pecking order for the left-back position.
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Nevertheless, the 22-year-old, whom Saints fans on Twitter were desperate to keep during the summer following bids for his services from Fulham, replaced Elyounoussi in the 72nd minute against Palace and showed his composure and quality to assist Hojbjerg’s goal in injury-time, and it is getting to the stage where he should be given an opportunity in the starting XI.
While captain Bertrand won’t be getting displaced anytime soon, Targett could certainly play further forward on the left because of the attributes he has, and that would allow another in-form player in Nathan Redmond to move to the right – which would of course see Elyounoussi drop to the bench.
So, Southampton fans, do you think Targett should be handed a starting spot ahead of Elyounoussi? Let us know by voting below…