Until their loss to Aston Villa at the weekend, Middlesbrough had been on a run of seven games unbeaten.
They may have lost at the weekend but Tony Pulis’ side still look as though they will be one of a handful of teams to win the league title this season and are currently four points off Leeds in second place.
As you’d expect from a Pulis side, Middlesbrough have the best defence in the Championship and have only conceded 13 goals this season. The former Stoke and West Brom manager has always been a defensive master and one player that has seemingly benefited from his tutelage has been youth academy graduate, Dael Fry.
Fry has played 14 games for pulis this season and has received widespread praise for his impressive displays.
Fry made his debut for Middlesbrough at the age of 17 and didn’t feature regularly for the Middlesbrough side until last season where he played 12 games in the Championship although he was sparingly used by Pulis towards the end of the season last year.
Naturally a centre-back, Fry has recently played as a right-back for Pulis over the last few weeks. With Ryan Shotton out, it was essential for Pulis to have a player that could not only do a job going forward but be solid enough in defence.
Such has been his impressive and composed performances, that he has attracted interested from Premier League clubs, namely Liverpool.
At 21, it’s essential that Fry gets continued minutes in the first-team and at the moment, that’s exactly what he’s getting at the moment. If Middlesbrough don’t get promoted this season, however, the young defender could well be ready to take a gamble and make the move to the Premier League. He certainly has the talent to play in the top division.