Matt Le Tissier delivers verdict on Matt Targett’s move to Aston Villa

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Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier has delivered his Twitter verdict after Matt Targett completed a permanent move from St Mary’s to Aston Villa on Monday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 23-year-old had found first-team starts hard to come by under Ralph Hasenhuttl in 2019 – he made just four in the Premier League – as he remained behind Ryan Bertrand in the pecking order at left-back, and has decided to move on in search of more regular football.

The fee for the defender is reportedly £11.5m initially, which could rise to £17m with add-ons, and Le Tissier clearly feels it is a good deal for all parties.

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The 50-year-old said on Twitter: “Good move for both I think”, finishing off with a thumbs-up emoji.

Is he right?

He certainly is.

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While Targett did produce some impressive assists for the south coast outfit – his pinpoint cross to Danny Ings against Arsenal in Hasenhuttl’s first home match in charge springs to mind – he simply didn’t have the pace to be a full-back who can get up to the byline and back effectively.

The fact that his assist for Ings came from a deep cross tells you all you need to know about that.

There was little point in having two senior left-backs in Bertrand and Targett who both want to play, and no doubt selling the latter ended up helping fund a move for Birmingham City striker Che Adams, who also completed his move to Southampton on Monday.

Now Targett is in a good position to be the first-choice left-back at Villa Park in the top flight, while Saints boosted their transfer kitty and can look to bring young Jake Vokins through to be Bertrand’s back-up next season – Le Tiss is spot on, then.

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