By Kevin Phillips

28th Nov, 2021 | 3:59pm

Phillips can't believe 'harsh' Aston Villa plan to replace Targett

Kevin Phillips has claimed “it would be harsh” if Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard signs a new left-back to replace Matt Targett in January.

However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Claret and Blue insisted “some have to suffer” when a new manager arrives at a club.

According to The Sun‘s Alan Nixon (November 20th), Gerrard has set his sights on signing a new left-sided full-back.

The new Villa boss has seemingly deemed Matt Targett as not up to the standard required to be first choice left-back.

Phillips suggested competition for places is always a positive thing.

“It is harsh but it is always the way when a manager comes in,” he told Football Insider.

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“He will have his own style of play and his own players in his head. Some players will not suit the way he wants to play. That is whether they have been playing regularly or not.

“It would be harsh though because Targett has been one of their best players. He has been consistent. There was even talk of him getting an England call up not long ago.

“Only time will tell if he can convince Gerrard.

“If another left-back comes in, it will create competition. That is just the way it is. Some have to suffer when a new manager comes in. Targett will have to raise his game between now and the transfer window.

“Gerrard will make sacrifices if he needs to. I have no problem with it.”

Targett starred on Saturday as Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

His contract at Villa Park runs until the summer of 2025.

In other news, it can be revealed Steven Gerrard is lining up two ‘big-money’ Aston Villa signings in January.