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Matthew Robert Targett (born 18 September 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Aston Villa. He can also play as a left winger.

Matt Targett
Matt Targett v Augsburg 2017.jpg
Targett playing for Southampton in 2017
Personal information
Full name Matthew Robert Targett[1]
Date of birth (1995-09-18) 18 September 1995 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Eastleigh, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position Left back / Wing-back
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 18
Youth career
2003–2013 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2019 Southampton 43 (1)
2018Fulham (loan) 18 (1)
2019– Aston Villa 0 (0)
National team
2013 Scotland U19 2 (0)
2013–2014 England U19 5 (0)
2014 England U20 5 (1)
2015–2016 England U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

SouthamptonEdit

Born in Eastleigh, Hampshire, Targett joined Southampton's academy at the age of eight, after being scouted by his local team.[4] He was named in a senior matchday squad for the first time on 24 September 2013, and was unused as they defeated Bristol City 2–0 in the third round of the League Cup.[5] On 26 April 2014, he was named in a Premier League game for the first time, remaining on the bench as Southampton won 2–0 at home against Everton.[6]

On 26 August 2014, Targett made his first-team debut for Southampton in a League Cup second-round game at Millwall. He played the entire match, which Southampton won 2–0.[7] His next appearance came on 23 September in a 2–1 victory at Arsenal in the following round of the tournament.[8]

He made his first Premier League appearance on 27 September 2014, replacing Dušan Tadić in added time at the end of a 2–1 home victory over Queens Park Rangers.[9] Targett's first start came on 28 December, a 1–1 draw against Chelsea in which regular left-back Ryan Bertrand was ineligible through being on loan from the visiting team.[10]

He was named as Southampton's Young Player of the Season for 2014–15.[11]

On 4 August 2017, Targett signed a new five-year contract with Southampton, extending his stay at the club to the summer of 2022.[12]

On 22 January 2018, Targett joined Championship club Fulham on loan for the remainder of the season.[13] He scored his first goal in a 1–1 draw with Bolton Wanderers on 10 February.[14] On 26 May, he won promotion to the Premier League when Fulham beat Aston Villa 1–0 in the Championship Play-off Final, playing the full 90 minutes.[15]

In his penultimate match for the Saints on 27 April 2019, Targett came on at half time for Oriol Romeu and scored his only goal for the club, in a 3–3 home draw with Bournemouth.[16]

Aston VillaEdit

On 1 July 2019, Targett signed for newly-promoted Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.[17]

International careerEdit

Targett represented Scotland at under-18 level before electing to play for England under-19s in September 2013.[18] On 17 November 2014, Targett scored his first goal at international level in a 1–1 draw against Portugal for the England U-20s, followed by a goal in the penalty shoot-out.[19] Targett made his debut for the under-21 side on 27 March 2015, starting in a 1–0 win against the Czech Republic in Prague.[20]

He was part of the team that won the 2016 Toulon Tournament, their first such win for 22 years.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 27 August 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southampton 2013–14[22] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[23] Premier League 6 0 2 0 4 0 12 0
2015–16[24] Premier League 14 0 1 0 2 0 3[a] 0 20 0
2016–17[25] Premier League 5 0 0 0 1 0 2[a] 0 8 0
2017–18[26] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2018–19[27] Premier League 16 1 2 0 3 0 21 1
Total 43 1 5 0 10 0 5 0 63 1
Fulham (loan) 2017–18[26] Championship 18 1 3[b] 0 21 1
Aston Villa 2019–20 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 61 2 5 0 11 0 8 0 85 2
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Lists 2013/14 are revealed". Premier League. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Matt Targett: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Southampton Player Profile Matt Targett". www.southamptonfc.com. Southampton F.C. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Matt Targett First Team Profile". Southampton FC. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Southampton 2–0 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  6. ^ Phillips, Owen (26 April 2014). "Southampton 2–0 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Millwall 0–2 Southampton". BBC Sport. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Arsenal 1–2 Southampton". BBC Sport. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  9. ^ Lewis, Aimee (27 September 2014). "Southampton 2–1 QPR". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  10. ^ Steinberg, Jacob (28 December 2014). "Southampton 1–1 Chelsea: five talking points from St Mary's". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  11. ^ "SOUTHAMPTON FC | Matt Targett: Young Player of the Season award caps a memorable season". Saintsfc.co.uk. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Matt Targett signs new five-year deal at Southampton". Sky Sports. 4 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Fulham sign Saint's Targett on loan". BBC Sport. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Bolton 1–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Fulham Promoted to Premier League". BBC Sport. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  16. ^ Emons, Michael (27 April 2019). "Southampton 3–3 AFC Bournemouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Transfer news: Matt Targett signs for Aston Villa". Ason Villa F.C. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Chambers and Targett on England duty". Southampton FC. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Portugal 1–1 England". The FA. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Tom Carroll scores winner for England Under-21s against Czech Republic". The Guardian. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  21. ^ a b Veevers, Nicholas (29 May 2016). "England under-21s lift Toulon title after win over France". The Football Association. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Matt Targett in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Games played by Matt Targett in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  24. ^ "Games played by Matt Targett in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Games played by Matt Targett in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Matt Targett in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Games played by Matt Targett in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  28. ^ "Report: Southampton 2–1 Blackburn Rovers (Under-21 Premier League Cup final second leg)". Southampton FC. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  29. ^ Cartwright, Phil (26 May 2018). "Aston Villa 0–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2018.

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