Matt Targett was not eligible to face Aston Villa on Sunday but returns to the West Ham fold this weekend. The left-back was excellent on his Newcastle debut, a 3-1 win over Everton at St. James’ Park.
Targett is expected to return straight to the starting XI against The Hammers game despite Paul Dummett returning from his hamstring injury. Dummy replaced the injured Javier Manquillo against Villa. The Spaniard is expected to miss the next two weeks.
The on-loan left-back gave an extensive interview to talkSPORT about his Newcastle debut. The Chronicle transcribed the entire interview.
In this one, the 26-year-old seems particularly impressed with Allan Saint-Maximin and Kieran Trippier. When asked who has impressed him since he was loaned out, he replied:
I think Saint-Maximin is so delicate that it is difficult to take the ball away from him. Also Kieran Trippier, the leadership skills and quality he has.
They are all top players and I would say those two are the ones who have impressed me the most.
Saint-Maximin and Trippier have both been integral to Newcastle’s recent push out of the relegation places. The Magpies have won their last three games, including a 1-0 win over Targett’s parent club Aston Villa last Sunday.
Targett was also asked about the game against his parent club on Sunday. It ended up being a bittersweet win as Kieran Trippier broke his foot and is out for the foreseeable future.
The interviewer also noted Saint-Maximin’s penchant for looking struggling one moment before launching into a dazzling run the next. Here is Targett’s response:
“Yeah, that’s how Maxi is sometimes. Sometimes he acts like he’s hurt, and the next minute he’s gone from zero to 100.
With Trippier, it’s going to be a big loss. He said it himself, he was playing well for the team, he was helping a lot.
It’s going to be a big loss, but he’s kind and positive with the injury and he’s looking forward to being back as soon as possible.
Newcastle must continue without the influential right-back. It’s going to be tough, but having new signings like Targett, Dan Burn, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes will hopefully help move Newcastle in the right direction.