Impressive stat shows why Aston Villa signing Matt Targett is smart move

New Signing Matt Targett of Aston Villa poses at Bodymoor Heath training ground on June 30, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have signed Matt Targett from Southampton.

New Signing Matt Targett of Aston Villa poses at Bodymoor Heath training ground on June 30, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa sealed a deal for Southampton left-back Matt Targett this week, BBC Sport reported.

The 23-year-old's move to the Saints cost £11.5 million, The Express and Star reported.

Targett could be an astute signing, he is hoping to get enough game time to establish himself as a regular at Villa Park.

 

What he showed last season in 21 starts for Southampton was impressive.

Statistics show Targett was one of the Premier League's most creative full-backs.

Whoscored.com posted: "Of all full-backs to start ten or more Premier League matches only Lucas Digne (2.2), Kieran Trippier (1.9) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (1.8) created more chances per 90 minutes than Targett last season (1.7)."

Targett's performances were not as regular as Digne, Trippier and Alexander-Arnold, as he only got game time as Ryan Bertrand was out injured. 

Matt Targett of Southampton during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Southampton FC at Craven Cottage on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Alexander-Arnold is now a Champions League winner, and Targett's creativity sits him in good company.

A full season at Villa could have Southampton rueing letting him leave.

The full-back market is seeing a spike in prices over the last few years, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka moving last week for £50 million, and Kyle Walker £54 million two summers ago.

At just £11.5 million, Villa may have landed an absolute bargain in Targett.

 

New Signing Matt Targett of Aston Villa poses at Bodymoor Heath training ground on June 30, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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