Hughes puts faith in Targett

By SFC Media Fri 23 Nov Fulham v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Matt Targett

Southampton manager Mark Hughes plans to replace the suspended Ryan Bertrand with Matt Targett at Fulham, and has backed the young left-back to excel against the side he helped reach the Premier League last season.

Targett was on loan at Craven Cottage for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign, helping Fulham to an incredible 23-match unbeaten run that propelled them into the play-offs, before playing a key role as they side saw off Derby and then Aston Villa to return to the top-flight.

we're very fortunate we've got matt. he'll equip himself very, very well.

mark hughes
southampton manager

He will be back in west London on Saturday, but this time on the opposition side, with Bertrand's one-game ban, which has come about by virtue of him collecting five yellow cards, opening the door for the 23-year-old.

"We're fortunate we've got somebody of the quality of Matty Targett to come in, so it's an obvious choice and it's one that I'll make, as long as he comes through training," said Hughes, as 17th-placed Saints prepare to face the division's bottom-ranked side.

"We're very fortunate that we've got Matt. He knows the level and has played at this level many, many times.

"He'll come in and he'll equip himself very, very well. He's going up against a team that he knows and a place where he's played many times, so he'll have a good feeling going into the game.

"I just sense Matt, along with everybody else, is really looking forward to the game."

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