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