Aston Villa manager Dean Smith exclaims

Matt Targett has been an “unsung hero” for Aston Villa this season, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has claimed the 25-year-old does not get the praise he deserves for his performances at left-back.

The former Southampton man, who joined Villa last summer, has been an ever-present in the Premier League for Dean Smith’s men this season.

Hutton has claimed other players steal the limelight from the likes of Targett but that “proper football fans” will recognise how important he has been to the Villans’ early success this season.

Hutton told Football Insider: I think he just quietly goes about his business and you’re right, because of the other players within that squad, he probably doesn’t get the praise that he’s due this season.

“He’s obviously got Jack Grealish in front of him that anybody would love that as a full-back, to have somebody who works so hard, to help the defence but when you give them the ball going forward, he always does something with it.

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“I think that’s a massive help to him but defensively I think he’s been sound, he’s dealt with a lot of difficult opponents already this season and then going forward he’s got a good delivery.

“So he’s definitely went under the radar but I think the proper football fans and people will see exactly what he does for the team, much like Matty Cash on the opposite side.”

Targett has a total of 39 appearances under his belt for Villa, seven of which have come this term.

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