Matt’s on Targett to tread in Luke Shaw’s footsteps

Matt Targett

Matt Targett

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ANY aspiring Saints left-back will have to bear the burden of comparisons with Gareth Bale and Luke Shaw.

For Matt Targett, that was most certainly the case last night as he followed in the footsteps of his two predecessors by making his first-team debut against Millwall.

It is eight years since a 16-year-old Gareth Bale began his journey from the Championship to the Bernabeu by helping Saints to a 2-0 win against Millwall St Mary’s in April 2006.

And it’s less than three since Shaw made his debut at an even more tender age.

The Manchester United new-boy replaced Bale as Saints’ second-youngest player behind Theo Walcott when he made his bow as a 77th-minute substitute for Jason Puncheon in an FA Cup fourth-round tie at The New Den in January 2012.

No-one is expecting Targett to be the new Bale or Shaw. Targett, who turns 19 in three weeks’ time, is only two months younger than Shaw.

But he will have gained confidence from his debut performance in Saints’ Capital One Cup win in south London last night. For starters it was a better result for the team than their previous cup visit, when Millwall earned a replay by cancelling out Rickie Lambert’s first-half goal late on, before winning the replay 3-2 at St Mary’s.

And, in helping to keep a clean sheet, Targett played well.

He got forward at every opportunity, was composed in possession, crossed a good ball and defended well when he had to.

The Eastleigh boy will also have benefited from playing in a relatively experienced team, with Ronald Koeman deciding to treat the Capital One Cup with more respect than his predecessor gave the FA Cup.

Targett made the most of Yoshida’s willingness to cover his forays forward, particularly in the first half, overlapping fellow academy alumnus Lloyd Isgrove before seeing his first cross deflected behind.

He linked up well with Shane Long and James Ward-Prowse, providing the pass for the latter to fire goalwards and was not afraid to fizz a cross into the penalty area.

Most importantly, Targett did his main job well. When former Saints midfielder Richard Chaplow robbed him of possession at the end of the first half, he won it back immediately.

And although he was booked for a foul on John Marquis late on, he had dealt with the Millwall striker with relative ease throughout.

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7:11am Wed 27 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

This is good news and resolves any doubts over the left back position.
Just need to sign Alderweireld and the defence is sorted.

Then we have the Goalscorer and Winger to sign (Cerci & Townsend ?) before the window closes.

I would also like us to sign Jordy Clasie before someone else does, plus offer Jack a new contract.

Then we are talking, with these 4 players we will be a better team than last season.

COYR&WS
This is good news and resolves any doubts over the left back position. Just need to sign Alderweireld and the defence is sorted. Then we have the Goalscorer and Winger to sign (Cerci & Townsend ?) before the window closes. I would also like us to sign Jordy Clasie before someone else does, plus offer Jack a new contract. Then we are talking, with these 4 players we will be a better team than last season. COYR&WS NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 14

7:30am Wed 27 Aug 14

Buddy SFC says...

Great news and also a real shot in the arm to see the club taking the Cup competitions seriously ...........

Also I know the game wasn't great Saturday but the environment had changed, much more emphasis on the fans, interviews with old players etc something I think in time when the football catches up will really add to the experience and to me shows the club are now thinking about it's history and fans.

It will probably take a while even a season for the changes both on the pitch and off to fully work through but with youngsters like MT and newbies like Pelle wanting to play for SFC we will get there !!
Great news and also a real shot in the arm to see the club taking the Cup competitions seriously ........... Also I know the game wasn't great Saturday but the environment had changed, much more emphasis on the fans, interviews with old players etc something I think in time when the football catches up will really add to the experience and to me shows the club are now thinking about it's history and fans. It will probably take a while even a season for the changes both on the pitch and off to fully work through but with youngsters like MT and newbies like Pelle wanting to play for SFC we will get there !! Buddy SFC
  • Score: 10

7:41am Wed 27 Aug 14

saint61 says...

Liverhampton have already made an offer!
Liverhampton have already made an offer! saint61
  • Score: 6

7:47am Wed 27 Aug 14

jls217 says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Great news and also a real shot in the arm to see the club taking the Cup competitions seriously ...........

Also I know the game wasn't great Saturday but the environment had changed, much more emphasis on the fans, interviews with old players etc something I think in time when the football catches up will really add to the experience and to me shows the club are now thinking about it's history and fans.

It will probably take a while even a season for the changes both on the pitch and off to fully work through but with youngsters like MT and newbies like Pelle wanting to play for SFC we will get there !!
There does seem to be an about turn on behalf of the club, they seem to want to be brought back to the fans instead of the aloof, closed community they seemed to become over recent seasons. We were once known as a family friendly club before we went all corporate. Maybe the current regime has decided we would be best served by being something between the two and are opening up a little. A welcome change as far as I'm concerned. I want to see kids and mums involved with the club. Maybe the occasional, old familiar face will be included in events, news items etc, The DE could also play its part by not necessarily just being one of the voices of SFC but by working with the club in the promotion of positive activities. Radio Solent also should be wooed - Dave Merrington needs to be on the phone to the PR people at St. Mary's daily (if he's already not so)
Everything is taking a tentative swing toward the positive and a more assured future as a community business - which will pay dividends over the years.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Great news and also a real shot in the arm to see the club taking the Cup competitions seriously ........... Also I know the game wasn't great Saturday but the environment had changed, much more emphasis on the fans, interviews with old players etc something I think in time when the football catches up will really add to the experience and to me shows the club are now thinking about it's history and fans. It will probably take a while even a season for the changes both on the pitch and off to fully work through but with youngsters like MT and newbies like Pelle wanting to play for SFC we will get there !![/p][/quote]There does seem to be an about turn on behalf of the club, they seem to want to be brought back to the fans instead of the aloof, closed community they seemed to become over recent seasons. We were once known as a family friendly club before we went all corporate. Maybe the current regime has decided we would be best served by being something between the two and are opening up a little. A welcome change as far as I'm concerned. I want to see kids and mums involved with the club. Maybe the occasional, old familiar face will be included in events, news items etc, The DE could also play its part by not necessarily just being one of the voices of SFC but by working with the club in the promotion of positive activities. Radio Solent also should be wooed - Dave Merrington needs to be on the phone to the PR people at St. Mary's daily (if he's already not so) Everything is taking a tentative swing toward the positive and a more assured future as a community business - which will pay dividends over the years. jls217
  • Score: 15

7:51am Wed 27 Aug 14

jls217 says...

saint61 wrote:
Liverhampton have already made an offer!
Please - my ole heart can't take much more of them. May a plague of locusts eat their programmes, may the sands of the wastelands cover their homeland (no wait - it's already one of the worst wastelands in the country). May the droppings of the birds bleach their red shirts, may their women lose their accents and their ability to deliver a head butt, may they never breed their spawn across this fair land - Wish I'd never started this psuedo religious blx now.
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: Liverhampton have already made an offer![/p][/quote]Please - my ole heart can't take much more of them. May a plague of locusts eat their programmes, may the sands of the wastelands cover their homeland (no wait - it's already one of the worst wastelands in the country). May the droppings of the birds bleach their red shirts, may their women lose their accents and their ability to deliver a head butt, may they never breed their spawn across this fair land - Wish I'd never started this psuedo religious blx now. jls217
  • Score: 4

8:00am Wed 27 Aug 14

Clever Dick says...

saint61 wrote:
Liverhampton have already made an offer!
Yeah. It's your lucky day Brenda. We value him at £10 million. So as all your panic buying means paying a premium it'll be £20 million to you.
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: Liverhampton have already made an offer![/p][/quote]Yeah. It's your lucky day Brenda. We value him at £10 million. So as all your panic buying means paying a premium it'll be £20 million to you. Clever Dick
  • Score: 19

8:08am Wed 27 Aug 14

fascia123 says...

jls217 wrote:
Buddy SFC wrote:
Great news and also a real shot in the arm to see the club taking the Cup competitions seriously ...........

Also I know the game wasn't great Saturday but the environment had changed, much more emphasis on the fans, interviews with old players etc something I think in time when the football catches up will really add to the experience and to me shows the club are now thinking about it's history and fans.

It will probably take a while even a season for the changes both on the pitch and off to fully work through but with youngsters like MT and newbies like Pelle wanting to play for SFC we will get there !!
There does seem to be an about turn on behalf of the club, they seem to want to be brought back to the fans instead of the aloof, closed community they seemed to become over recent seasons. We were once known as a family friendly club before we went all corporate. Maybe the current regime has decided we would be best served by being something between the two and are opening up a little. A welcome change as far as I'm concerned. I want to see kids and mums involved with the club. Maybe the occasional, old familiar face will be included in events, news items etc, The DE could also play its part by not necessarily just being one of the voices of SFC but by working with the club in the promotion of positive activities. Radio Solent also should be wooed - Dave Merrington needs to be on the phone to the PR people at St. Mary's daily (if he's already not so)
Everything is taking a tentative swing toward the positive and a more assured future as a community business - which will pay dividends over the years.
Could not agree more, someone famous once said and I ain't got a clue who it was, without history there is no future.

Would love to see Tiss actively involved in things at the club, probably our greatest player, I don't have the detail but from my understanding almost banished from the ground, madness.

Although I am by no means a fan of the Lowe regime, I had team saints season tickets with my eldest son when we first moved to SM and going back before this to Lawrie Mac days the club had a real family feel, and I for one would like to see that come back, there seems some early season signs it just might.
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Great news and also a real shot in the arm to see the club taking the Cup competitions seriously ........... Also I know the game wasn't great Saturday but the environment had changed, much more emphasis on the fans, interviews with old players etc something I think in time when the football catches up will really add to the experience and to me shows the club are now thinking about it's history and fans. It will probably take a while even a season for the changes both on the pitch and off to fully work through but with youngsters like MT and newbies like Pelle wanting to play for SFC we will get there !![/p][/quote]There does seem to be an about turn on behalf of the club, they seem to want to be brought back to the fans instead of the aloof, closed community they seemed to become over recent seasons. We were once known as a family friendly club before we went all corporate. Maybe the current regime has decided we would be best served by being something between the two and are opening up a little. A welcome change as far as I'm concerned. I want to see kids and mums involved with the club. Maybe the occasional, old familiar face will be included in events, news items etc, The DE could also play its part by not necessarily just being one of the voices of SFC but by working with the club in the promotion of positive activities. Radio Solent also should be wooed - Dave Merrington needs to be on the phone to the PR people at St. Mary's daily (if he's already not so) Everything is taking a tentative swing toward the positive and a more assured future as a community business - which will pay dividends over the years.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more, someone famous once said and I ain't got a clue who it was, without history there is no future. Would love to see Tiss actively involved in things at the club, probably our greatest player, I don't have the detail but from my understanding almost banished from the ground, madness. Although I am by no means a fan of the Lowe regime, I had team saints season tickets with my eldest son when we first moved to SM and going back before this to Lawrie Mac days the club had a real family feel, and I for one would like to see that come back, there seems some early season signs it just might. fascia123
  • Score: 17

8:19am Wed 27 Aug 14

Clever Dick says...

Now that's scary. He's a dead ringer for JWP isn't he? I can see us confusing a few sides with a bit of interchanging between those two!!
Now that's scary. He's a dead ringer for JWP isn't he? I can see us confusing a few sides with a bit of interchanging between those two!! Clever Dick
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Wed 27 Aug 14

notaclue says...

With his through balls and crosses as well as his defending, I can see him being every bit as good as if not better than than our previous wing backs.
With his through balls and crosses as well as his defending, I can see him being every bit as good as if not better than than our previous wing backs. notaclue
  • Score: 4

1:43pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Woolston ollie says...

Yes he will follow in Lukes footsteps right out the door the first time the club get a decent offer for him. The bigger clubs will be watching.
Yes he will follow in Lukes footsteps right out the door the first time the club get a decent offer for him. The bigger clubs will be watching. Woolston ollie
  • Score: -10

5:33pm Wed 27 Aug 14

pemcil says...

Man Utd via Burger King
Man Utd via Burger King pemcil
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Wed 27 Aug 14

saintlysoul says...

This lad is first class and IMO is a far better left back than Shaw in addition his parents are decent and he has a nice girlfriend. He's grounded. His fit, trim and avoids bad publicity other qualities that distinguish him from Shaw. Great game last night - well done Matt!
This lad is first class and IMO is a far better left back than Shaw in addition his parents are decent and he has a nice girlfriend. He's grounded. His fit, trim and avoids bad publicity other qualities that distinguish him from Shaw. Great game last night - well done Matt! saintlysoul
  • Score: 5

10:33pm Wed 27 Aug 14

florida saint says...

sssshhhhhhh don't tell anyone... u t s
sssshhhhhhh don't tell anyone... u t s florida saint
  • Score: 0

9:35am Thu 28 Aug 14

Debs1267 says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Yes he will follow in Lukes footsteps right out the door the first time the club get a decent offer for him. The bigger clubs will be watching.
I wonder how long it will be before Luke Shaw regrets his decision to move to Losers Utd ! I bet already !
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Yes he will follow in Lukes footsteps right out the door the first time the club get a decent offer for him. The bigger clubs will be watching.[/p][/quote]I wonder how long it will be before Luke Shaw regrets his decision to move to Losers Utd ! I bet already ! Debs1267
  • Score: 1

10:59am Thu 28 Aug 14

Woolston ollie says...

Debs1267 wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote: Yes he will follow in Lukes footsteps right out the door the first time the club get a decent offer for him. The bigger clubs will be watching.
I wonder how long it will be before Luke Shaw regrets his decision to move to Losers Utd ! I bet already !
Oh yes and long may it go on
[quote][p][bold]Debs1267[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Yes he will follow in Lukes footsteps right out the door the first time the club get a decent offer for him. The bigger clubs will be watching.[/p][/quote]I wonder how long it will be before Luke Shaw regrets his decision to move to Losers Utd ! I bet already ![/p][/quote]Oh yes and long may it go on Woolston ollie
  • Score: 0
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