Matt Targett delivers his verdict on Aston Villa's squad

Matt Targett of Southampton runs with the ball  during the friendly match between Twente Enschede and FC Southampton at Q20 Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Oldenzaal, Netherlands.

Southampton defender Matt Targett, who is on loan at Fulham, has been very impressed by Aston Villa.

Matt Targett of Southampton runs with the ball  during the friendly match between Twente Enschede and FC Southampton at Q20 Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Oldenzaal, Netherlands.

Fulham loanee Matt Targett has told his club’s official website that he believes Aston Villa have a squad capable of playing in the Premier League already.

Targett, who is contracted to Southampton, feels that Villa have a real chance of promotion this term.

And the left-back is looking forward to taking on Steve Bruce’s in-form side at the weekend.

“I think if you look at their squad, it’s a Premier League squad on paper, so it will be good to test ourselves against that,” Targett said.

Antonio Valencia of Manchester United closes down Matt Targett of Southampton during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016...

“It’s a massive game. We’re both in great form, so it should be a good game and hopefully we can get the three points.”

Villa have won their last seven league matches in succession to move into second place in the Championship table.

Their upcoming match with Fulham will arguably their toughest test yet though, as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have been steadily climbing the table for months.

Matt Targett of Southampton reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on December 26, 2017 in London, England.

Targett is like to feature against Villa, as the Southampton youngster has been in impressive form since signing for the Cottagers in January.

Targett scored on Fulham’s last outing against Bolton Wanderers, and helped his side pick up a 1-1 draw.

If Jokanovic’s side can beat Villa, they will cut the gap between the two sides down to just four points.

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