The decision to sign Matt Targett on loan from Aston Villa in January till the end of the season has proven to be an inspired one on the part of Newcastle United to say the least. The left-back has emerged as one of their most important players under the management of Eddie Howe. Thus, fans will be wondering what his long-term future at St James’ Park looks like.
It is believed that Newcastle United have the chance to sign Targett from Aston Villa on a permanent basis in the summer for a transfer fee around £15 million. Most would consider that to be a bargain considering how well Targett has done till now for the Magpies.
Nothing official has been done till now though and as we inch closer towards the end of the season, more talks about a possible exit will start to crop up left, right and centre.
Amidst all this, Targett has opened up about the situation himself and appeared to hint that he would like to stay on at St James’ Park. As reported by The Northern Echo, the left-back said in an interview with NUFC TV:
"“I think everyone knows what I want, but it’s up to the club.“It’s a massive project, an exciting project, and I’m sure everyone wants to be a part of it.“I’ve loved every single minute of my time here. It’s been an incredible place to play my football. I’ve loved every second of it.”"
What does the future hold for Targett at Newcastle United?
While the majority of fans would want the club to sign Targett on a permanent basis, what makes the situation very interesting is the fact that Newcastle United have continued to be linked with different left-backs in recent times.
Atletico Madrid’s Renan Lodi and Bayer Leverkusen’s Mitchel Bakker are two names that come to mind immediately. Thus, one has to wonder, is left-back a position where Newcastle United feel that they can bring in someone better?
While signing a new left-back seems to be a possibility for the club, there will be a lot of risk involved in that. On the other hand, Targett has already proven that he can get it done in the Premier League and at Newcastle United.