Targett named Southampton's Player of the Month

Young Southampton left-back Matt Targett has been named as the club's Player of the Month for January and expressed his delight at winning the award.

Targett named Southampton's Player of the Month
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Southampton's Matt Targett has picked up the club's Player of the Month award for the first time, seeing off competition from midfielders James-Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis as well as forward Shane Long.

Targett started all but one game in the month and played a key role in the team's return to form. The youngster benefitted from the change of system as boss Ronald Koeman decided to change to a 3-5-2 formation rather than the normal 4-3-2 tactic.

The month started on a bad note as the Saints lost out to Norwich at Carrow Road a game in which Targett didn't play. He then went on to start the other three games in the month as the team beat Watford and West Brom at home in the space of four days, before beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a late Charlie Austin header.

Targett delighted to have form recognised

Targett was one of Southampton's best performers over the last few weeks. (Picture: Getty Images)
Targett was one of Southampton's best performers over the last few weeks. (Picture: Getty Images)

The youngster gave his thoughts on winning the award, saying that he was "over the moon" and "really happy" to win the award. 

The 20-year-old felt it was a key month for both him and the club, insisting: "January was a massive month for us as a team and for me as an individual."

The club changed to a 3-5-2 formation in the month which enabled Targett to get much more playing time than he could previously and he thinks that playing as a left-wing back has helped him to improve of late.

He declared that he just wants to kick on now ahead of the visit of Chelsea in ten days at St Mary's, saying he feels like a fresh player and adding: "I'm enjoying it."

"When the manager said he wanted to change formation, he put Ryan Bertrand at left-sided centre-back and me at wing-back," Targett explained, saying the decision gave him "a lot of confidence" and Bertrand's defensive support gave him "the belief to push on."