Targett named January Player of the Month

By SFC Media Mon 15 Feb Club

Matt Targett says he’s over the moon to have been named by fans as Southampton’s Player of the Month for January.

Targett pipped James Ward-Prowse, Steven Davis and Shane Long to the award, denying Long the chance to win it twice in a row.

The Saints Academy graduate came into the side after defeat to Norwich City and helped Saints win three league games in a row.

That run of form coincided with a change of formation for Ronald Koeman’s men, as Targett lined up at wing-back.

The 3-5-2 formation saw Saints record three clean sheets in a row, shutting out Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United during that time.

Speaking of his award to, Targett said: “I’m over the moon to win the Player of the Month award.

“January was a massive month for us as a team and for me as an individual. I’m really happy to get the award.

“I think being part of the four nominees gave me lots of confidence. I didn’t think I’d actually win it so it has been great.

“I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who has voted and hopefully I can carry on the good form.”

The 20 year-old believes playing at as a left wing-back has helped him develop as a player in recent weeks.

“I’m enjoying it,” he affirmed. “When the manager said he wanted to change formation, he put Ryan at left-sided centre-back and me at wing-back.

“It gave me a lot of confidence and with Ryan behind me it gives me the belief to push on because I know he’s got my back.”


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