Matt Targett is an English left-back who was born on 18th September 1995. Targett began his career with Southampton, making his breakthrough with the U18s at the start of the 2012/13 season. His early form earned him a call-up to Martin Hunter's U21 squad. Targett adapted to the step up immediately, looking strong in the tackle and decent going forward too. Newspaper reports claimed Liverpool and Arsenal were monitoring the player. He showed his versatility in early 2013, stepping in at centre-back for the U18s.
Targett endured a difficult start to the 2013/14 U21 season, making errors in games against Liverpool and Chelsea. His form would soon pickup, however. He was an unused substitute for the League Cup tie against Bristol City in September 2013. When Danny Fox left for Nottingham Forest in January 2014, head coach Mauricio Pochettino said Targett would be given his opportunity if he impressed sufficiently in training. The full-back made the bench for the 2-0 win over Everton in April, but didnít make a Premier League appearance during the campaign. He did end the U21 league season strongly, however. Targett scored a free-kick in a 1-0 win over Tottenham at Staplewood.
Targett was given a chance to impress new Saints manager Ronald Koeman in pre-season 2014. He featured in all but one friendly, before making his senior debut at Millwall in the League Cup on 26th August 2014.