Young star is one to watch

Sunday Sun - - Football -

IT hasn’t taken long for Boro’s tal­ented young de­fender Dael Fry to be linked with a host of lead­ing Pre­mier League clubs.

Cer­tainly the 20-year-old home-grown player looks a great prospect.

But we should not worry un­duly that Fry might be whisked away in Jan­uary by Chelsea or Manch­ester United in a whirl­wind £30m trans­fer deal.

No doubt the Eng­land Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional has en­joyed his brief run of ten games in the Boro side. Cer­tainly his progress has been marked.

How­ever he will need a great deal more pitch-time un­der his belt be­fore the big clubs might be tempted to come in with a big of­fer.

We were all led to be­lieve that the ma­jor clubs would be in­volved in a bid­ding war for the vastly more ex­pe­ri­enced Ben Gib­son this sum­mer. But it didn’t hap­pen.

Boro might still have sold Gib­son to West Brom for al­most £20m but they dug their feet in.

It will be a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion with Fry.

Boro do not need to sell any of their play­ers.

The likely sce­nario in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture is that the top clubs will keep a watch­ing brief on Fry’s progress.

In any case, Fry faces a bat­tle to force him­self back into the Boro line-up, hav­ing been left out against Brent­ford.

Nat­u­rally it’s a bonus to see Pre­mier League clubs sniff­ing around. It’s bet­ter than hav­ing no in­ter­est from the big boys, be­cause it means that you’ve got tal­ented play­ers.

Garry Monk gives the im­pres­sion that he will pro­mote his best young play­ers if they are good enough.

There are sev­eral oth­ers queu­ing be­hind Fry.

Mar­cus Tav­ernier, Lewis Wing and Ge­orge Miller are among those who spring to mind.

Miller was a sum­mer sign­ing from Bury, where he was a reg­u­lar scorer last sea­son.

And he has al­ready made a big im­pres­sion for Boro Un­der-23s.

In fact the 19-year-old is the re­cent win­ner of the club’s goal of the month com­pe­ti­tion.

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