With the winter transfer window just a little shy of a fortnight away, all efforts are now being put on ground to secure various targets ahead of the official opening of the January transfer window.
According to Express, England Under-20 International, Matt Targett has put pen to paper on a 5-year deal to keep him at St. Mary’s into his 23rd Birthday.
Southampton’s impressive left-back factory did not dry up after Gareth bale and certainly there was always going to be another after Luke Shaw. 19-year old Matt Targett has gained many admirers this season since him impressive first team debut in the League Cup against Milwall. Though not currently first choice due to Ryan Bertrand, Targett is not so far from being hailed as the next big thing from the Saints’ famous Academy, bringing a train of interested parties from the Premier Leauge’s top teams, including Arsenal.
A Southampton fan, Targett expressed delight at his new deal, even going some length to dash the hopes of the Gunners to maybe wait on the wings in the near future, with a declaration of intention to remain for a long time.
“Being a Southampton supporter, it means a lot more to be staying at the club because it’s where I want to spend my career.” Targett said.
“I want to get into the first team and to keep progressing by playing week-in week-out.”
“Ryan Bertrand is doing a great job this season and has made that left-back spot his own, so I just need to keep working hard in training to keep pushing him.”
It’s surely not a surprise to see every young, English player from Southampton being heavily pursued by the Premier League’s top team, and even if all have not proven to be huge successes at the moment, like Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw (Shaw due to injuries), Calum Chambers has certainly given us enough reason to want more. The 19-year old has been outstanding in his first few months as a Gunner after his £16m move in the summer, racking up as many appearances in 4 months as he did in the whole of last season. Chambers has been used mostly as a right back in the absence of Mattieu Debuchy but is believed to have a bright future as a potential center half or in defensive midfield.
Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have been our trusted left backs but injury worries to both players could necessitate the upbringing of an understudy, and that is what Targett could have posed. Ipswich’s Tyrone Mings, who currently plays as a left back, is one of our January targets, but being poised for a center half future too, still makes it needful to go for a bright young left back.
Target may have now escaped our sights, meaning we may have to turn to other targets like West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell or Hull’s Andrew Robertson, both already pulling the strings in the Premier League this season.
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