However, Hendrie has suggested the Villa ace isn’t ready to be fast-tracked ahead of £45m (BBC) Chelsea ace Ben Chilwell and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw just yet.
Since his arrival from Southampton in 2019 for an undisclosed fee (BBC), the left-back has played 61 times for the Villa Park club, including 29 Premier League outings this season – failing to complete 90 minutes just once.
Despite outperforming both Shaw and Chilwell in terms of ground duel success percentage, aerial duel success percentage, clearances and blocks (Squawka) – Hendrie has told Transfer Tavern that Targett still has work to do in order to usurp those ahead of him in the pecking order:
“Shaw has been excellent.
“Chilwell, obviously, his big move and… still feel he’s been a little bit hit and miss but, you know, on the England front, he’s been excellent. I’ve watched three games and that left side really was a standout side for me, for England. So he’s [Targett] got a long way to go still, but he’s certainly heading in that sort of right direction.”
Capped 13-times at Under 21 level, the Eastleigh born full-back will harbour ambitions of a senior call-up, although this summers European Championships may come too soon.