Targett Joins On Loan

Monday 22 January 2018 09:00

The Club is delighted to announce the signing of Matt Targett on loan from Southampton.

The 22-year-old left-back, who was on the bench for the Saints in our recent Emirates FA Cup meeting, will remain at Craven Cottage for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign.

Targett joined Southampton’s Academy at the age of eight, which was then led by Fulham’s current Academy Director Huw Jennings.

After progressing through the ranks, he was given a first team opportunity following Luke Shaw’s move to Manchester United, and made his debut in the League Cup against Millwall in August 2014.

His Premier League bow wasn’t far away, with the youngster coming on as a substitute in a win over Queens Park Rangers a month later.

Targett’s first top flight start arrived in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in December 2014, and he ended his maiden campaign with 12 senior appearances to his name.

The following two seasons saw him continue his progression at St Mary’s, and he now has 42 games under his belt across the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and Europa League.

Targett was first capped by England at Under-19 level, and went on to captain the Under-20 side. Recognition at Under-21 level followed, and he was a member of the 2015 European Championship, and 2016 Toulon Tournament-winning, squads.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Targett told fulhamfc.com. “I am looking forward to helping the side push on to the Play-Offs.

“One of the main reasons I joined is that the Club is in a great place at the moment and the results have been fantastic. I can’t wait to be a part of that.

“I am very excited to make my Fulham debut and the most important thing is that we pick up the three points when I do.”

Tony Khan added: "Matt is a talented young player, and he will be an exciting addition to our squad.

“He brings Premier League experience with him, and we feel that he can be a valuable contributor to our team as we continue to push for promotion.”