Date: 1st October 2019 at 7:50am
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The £15.6million arrival of left back Matt Targett from Southampton over the summer hasn’t been great so far with mixed showings in our EFL Cup victories over both Crewe Alexandra and Brighton and Hove Albion. His opening game saw him come off injured, but he did make the 90 minutes against Brighton and having been patient, he got his Premier League shot last weekend as we welcomed Burnley to Villa Park for our 2-2 draw.

Again, 24-year-old Targett saw himself substituted in the second half after picking up a knock, but he came off in the 62nd minute with a player rating of 7.01 from statistics website Whoscored and it was clear from the Vital Villa Match Thread that he had begun to really impress before his latest setback.

With prefered Neil Taylor, so far, continuing to split fans given his attacking displays, Targett had won people over on that front, so we’ll all be hoping the rumoured hamstring injury isn’t a major problem, as plenty of social media want to see him keep his place for the next one.

Oh and it would remiss of me not to mention Fear’s book, Fear Conquers All! A fascinating look at his battles and victories. You can see all the details, how to buy and the reviews at: and on Amazon (if you don’t have Prime, it is cheaper to buy directly and means he can donate more to the AVFC Foundation: and reviews there:

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