Southampton should try to keep Targett for next season

Matt Targett has revealed that he is open to joining Fulham from Southampton on a permanent basis this summer, reports GetWestLondon.

What’s the word?

The 22-year-old left Southampton in January to join the Cottagers on loan after failing to pick up regular game time at St Mary’s.

Since moving to Fulham, Targett has played 13 matches, establishing himself as a regular in Slavisa Jokanovic’s team.

The left-back, who can also play as a winger, is due to return to the Saints when the season comes to an end, but in an interview with GetWestLondon he suggested that he could stay at Craven Cottage.

Interestingly, Targett also revealed that he has not had any contact with Southampton since he made the move to Fulham.

“Believe it or not, I’ve had none. They’re in a sticky patch themselves so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens at the end of the season. [Staying at Fulham next season] is certainly an option, everyone wants to play Premier League football and if Fulham are in the Premier League then I don’t see why not.”

What should Southampton do?

Targett is correct in saying that the coastal club will solely be focusing on the predicament at hand as they try to hang onto their Premier League status.

However, plans will be being made behind the scenes in the event that the club drop into the Championship come May.

Targett has proved to be a valuable member of the Fulham team as they have not lost a game that he has played in so far.

If the Saints suffer relegation – they are three points from safety with six games left to play – then they could do with having a player who has fresh experience of playing in the division.

The problem that Southampton face is that Fulham could potentially try to secure Targett on a permanent deal due to his impressive performances on the field.