Is the end near for Aston Villa's Neil Taylor?

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce and Preston North End manager Alex Neil  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale on...

Aston Villa are adding competition to their left-back area, with Southampton's Matt Targett seemingly set to join the club this summer.

John Terry, Assistant Head Coach of Aston Villa and Neil Taylor of Aston Villa celebrate following their team's victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa...

If you were to ask Aston Villa supporters to name one problem area from their time in the Championship then the fullback area, and in particular, the left-back position will get a few mentions. 

Somehow, for two seasons, Villa managed to reach back-to-back play-off finals by only having one bonafide left-sided defender at the club, and that was Neil Taylor

Right-back Alan Hutton did deploy that role for some time, and January signing Kortney Hause, who is a natural centre-back, was also used in that position during Villa's promotion run. 

 

It shows how badly the club was managed that Villa only had one specialist play for that area, but following their promotion to the Premier League that is set to change.

The Southern Daily Echo have claimed that the Midlands outfit have agreed a fee with Southampton for their highly-rated left-back Matt Targett. 

His reported arrival will surely signal the start of the end for Taylor, who was purchased by Steve Bruce during the 2017 January transfer window. 

Neil Taylor of Aston Villa battles for possession with Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham City during  the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrews,...

Taylor hasn't really made that left-back area his own, and there were times when Hause, and more so with Hutton, because he played quite a lot of games there, looked better than the Welshman in that position. 

There's no doubt that Taylor looked his best under Dean Smith's system, but still, there were times when he had the Villa Park faithful on edge.

Given Villa's step-up to the Premier League, and their ability to add competition in that area now, it won't be a surprise if Taylor heads for the exit door sooner rather than later. 

Neil Taylor of Aston Villa during the FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Swansea Cityat Villa Park on January 05, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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