Darren Bent says he has been frustrated by Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett and says the defender has plenty more to offer Dean Smith’s side this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and England striker says that the full-back possesses a great amount of quality down the left-hand side but that he is yet to show his true potential in the top flight.
Targett joined the Villans from Southampton over the summer but only made his first Premier League start last week against Burnley, remaining in the line up for the 5-1 win over Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
With the 24-year-old looking like he has established himself in manager Smith’s starting XI ahead of Neil Taylor, Bent insists the Villa Park faithful can expect to see much more from their summer signing after a frustrating start to his Villans’ career.
Bent told Football Insider: “He’s got good ability. They got him from Southampton and he’s got a lot to offer, I don’t think we’ve quite seen the best of him yet.
“They have looked a little bit uncertain at the back (this season) which has not done him any favours but I believe he is a good defender, at the same time we haven’t seen the best of him yet.
“Give him games, give him time to gel and I think he’ll be fine. Dean Smith’s a very good manager and I believe he will be able to get the best out of him.”
Targett has now played four times for the Villans since his move from the south coast, having turned 63 times for boyhood club Southampton.
Villa’s next game comes after the international break and will see them take on a Brighton side who beat Tottenham 3-0 on Saturday.