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Saints Price Targett To Stay
Tuesday, 31st Jul 2018 11:20

According to the London based media Saints have named their price to Fulham for Matt Targett and it seems to aim to put them off.

According to the Evening Standard in London Saints have named their price to Fulham for Matt Targett, it seems that at least £15 million will be needed to prise him away from St Mary's.

in normal circumstances Targett could perhaps expect to be a permanent fixture already in the Saints team, but we seem to have a knack of either producing or buying quality left backs and at the moment Targett has his way blocked by perhaps the best English left back in the Premier League in Ryan Bertrand.

Ideally we would perhaps keep Bertrand as first choice for another year and then move him on for Targett to take over, but Targett will turn 23 in just over a month and knows he needs to be playing regularly at the highest level now.

Mark Hughes naturally wants to keep & play his best players and that means Bertrand, Saints though are in no hurry to sell and won't do so unless they get top dollar, the£15 million price tag seems set to put Fulham off, but if they are willing to pay that sort of money then Saints will see it as good business in the short term, but perhaps not in the long.

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GeordieSaint added 11:38 - Jul 31
How long has he got left on his contract? Surely a loan to Fulham for the season is the best shout at this moment

legod7 added 11:45 - Jul 31
Geordie, he signed a five year contract extension in July 2017 so has 4 years left. By signing the contract I don’t think he wants to leave Saints permanently. Perhaps another loan might be the best option for him.

arthurfane added 12:20 - Jul 31
Loan does seem like a good move for both parties. We should make sure there is a recall clause in there, for if either Bertie or McQueen get injured - also, if we (fingers crossed not) end up in a battle with Fulham at the foot of the table, we can recall him to destabilise them..

highfield49 added 12:22 - Jul 31
After watching Young and Rose in Russia I think it fair to say that Bertrand should have been ahead of them in selection. Then, of course, they play for big clubs so obviously are superior players.
I think Targett will get more game time at St Mary's this season, certainly ahead of McQueen, and loaning him to a rival EPL club would be a bad move. So far it's not clear what formation MH is going to see as his best choice tactically and there might even be options to play Target and Bertrand depending on the opposition?

Keesie66 added 12:34 - Jul 31
The question still remains if Targett will cut it at PL level, he didn't really convince with Saints did he even when he was playing in arguably a better team than Fulham are now. Loaning him out is therefore a risk, what if he doesnt perform, what if Fulham leak goals by the dozen. Fact is that there are not than many left backs in the PL commanding a fee of around £13 million... so is Targett really worth that ....... sell him for anything above £10 milliion ....

helpineedsomebody added 12:38 - Jul 31
it all depends on the system we play , if we play 5 at the back then he stays why becouse ronnie got the best out of him playing the wing back system, if not sell him becouse he wants regular football & its not a bad amount of money & PERHAPS WE WILL GO &GET A NEW STRIKER THAT WE NEED

IWOZTHERE added 12:54 - Jul 31
I disagree with highfield. I prefer McQueen. Unless there's a secret deal for Bert agreed which doesn't seem likely, I'd let Matt go . We need to free up cash and wages.

Scoot added 17:55 - Jul 31
Keep Matt. He will play for the badge and I feel come March/April we will need him when the overseas boys loose heart.

sidsaint added 19:05 - Jul 31
Keep Matt. He's our future.

aceofthebase added 19:30 - Jul 31
Would Gareth Bale still be a left back if he had remained at Southampton? Perhaps Targetts future is in a more attacking role.

schatfield added 01:30 - Aug 1
Sell him for 15M and buy Ings for 20M....and bobs your uncle. We are then sorted for the year

Cjay80 added 10:10 - Aug 2
2 good assists from the right last night. Looks to be an able deputy on either flank. Must keep him.

LordDZLucan added 19:42 - Aug 2
I have to agree with Clay80. He looked surprisingly comfortable at right back last night and his delivery from either flank is as good as anyone else at the club. We haven't spent all of the van Dijk money yet let alone any of the Sky money so, given that we're a bit short of wing backs at the moment, I'd keep him whatever is being offered by Fulham.

underweststand added 18:14 - Aug 3
Before this thread fades out...I asked myself ..Have we found another two-footed full back in Matt Targett? Some players are considered to be specialist full backs, but historically it wasn't so unusual. Grandads will recall the likes of the 1950's Peter Sillett, John Gregory and Len Wilkins could play on either flank, and the former Welsh captain Stuart Williams came to us aged 32... and happily played both roles in the promotion season 65-66.

(For me) the legendary Jimmy Gabriel (in the late 1960's ) would play in any shirt number Ted Bates gave him and DAJFU without failure.

Denis Hollywood and Ken Jones both played RB and LB although not always with success.
Joe Kirkup and the late-lamented young Steve Mills both showed skills in both positions, as did former England captain Mick Mills (after being coaxed to the Dell by Lawrie Mac.)

Saints youth scheme in the 1980's saw the likes of Reuben Agboola, Manny Andruszewski and Steve Baker all playing both sides of the pitch, and Jeff Kenna was a firm choice at RB before Jason Dodd came in and Kenna moved over to play LB for Saints and Rep. Ireland.

So ..are two-footed players out of fashion nowadays , or do they simply not get the chance to play? Perhaps another reason for us to hold onto Matty a tad longer before we can see how the season pans out.
He may not turn out to be another Gareth Bale, but selling him for £15-20 million may seem a giveaway deal in 5 years time.

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