Southampton getting £15m for Matt Targett could be masterstroke

Manager of Southampton FC Ralph Hasenhuttl applauds the crowd after the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton FC at John Smith's Stadium on December 22, 2018 in...

Southampton have reportedly received £15 million for Matt Targett following his move to Aston Villa this summer.

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

Southampton marked the start of July by completing two eight-figure transfers, with Che Adams becoming the club's second signing of the summer and Matt Targett departing for Aston Villa.

The Daily Echo reports that the Villans have paid £15 million to sign the left-back, who had struggled to push his way into the team with Ryan Bertrand proving to be a stalwart of the side for the past five campaigns.

 

Getting an eight-figure fee therefore, for a player who leaves having only made just over 40 Premier League appearances and will be 24 in a couple of months appears to be an inspired piece of business from the Saints.

And the deal looks even better given that a previous report from the Daily Echo suggested that Ralph Hasenhuttl is a fan of youngster Jake Vokins, who is now expected to be the player to provide cover for Bertrand.

Manager of Southampton FC Ralph Hasenhuttl applauds the crowd after the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton FC at John Smith's Stadium on December 22, 2018 in...

Hasenhuttl has shown that he has a brilliant ability to help players realise their full potential, so the fact that he sees something in Vokins should be an exciting sign for the Saints supporters, and should alleviate the worries of those who are a little concerned that the club may have made a mistake in letting Targett head to Villa.

Targett is clearly a talented player and there is every chance that he will prove to be a successful signing for Dean Smith's men. But given that his path being blocked by Bertrand was likely to harm his long-term development at St Mary's, getting £15 million seems like a fantastic piece of business.

And if Vokins can become the latest academy starlet to make the grade in the coming years, then the decision to sell Targett will look even smarter. 

Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton after his side's 3-3 draw during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Southampton,...

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