Matt Targett will be absolutely desperate to start vs his former club Aston Villa
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Matt Targett will be absolutely desperate to start vs his former club Aston Villa

Matt Targett is set to face his former club for the first time this weekend when Newcastle United welcome Aston Villa to St James’ Park.

They arrive awaiting their new manager Unai Emery, who will miss Saturday’s game due to not having a work permit right now.

He will begin work at his new club on November 1st, when he will officially take over from Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool legend was sacked earlier this month, having endured a fairly rotten start to the season.

And a player he sold during the summer will be desperate to show his former side what they are missing.

However, Targett might not be afforded that opportunity by the manager who saved him, Eddie Howe.

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Targett will be lucky to start against former club

The 27-year-old currently finds himself out of Howe’s starting XI. It’s the first time it has happened since he joined the Magpies in January.

Targett signed for Newcastle on loan at the start of the year, deemed surplus to requirements at Villa Park. They no longer needed him, having signed Lucas Digne from Everton – a player Newcastle tried to sign themselves.

But Targett quickly proved that Villa made a mistake. While Digne struggled in claret and blue, Targett looked at home in black and white. He was sensational last season, with teammate Bruno Guimaraes imploring the owners to sign him permanently.

They did just that, with Targett completing £15million permanent transfer and signing a four-year-deal.

While he started the season in the starting lineup, Targett suddenly finds himself out of favour. Illness kept him out of the 4-1 win over Fulham, and he has remained on the bench ever since.

Dan Burn has started in his place, and performed admirably at left-back. He’s had the odd wobbly moment, but has contributed to some fantastic defensive performances from Newcastle.

And that is why Targett is unlikely to start against his former club. With Newcastle defending so well, Howe will likely be unwilling to rotate his back five.

That’s bad news for the summer signing, who must be absolutely desperate to show Villa what they are missing.