Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry has been attracting attention from the Premier League in recent weeks, with Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea all keen on bringing the 21-year old up to the top flight.

However, in an interview which appeared on Gazette Live, Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis claimed Fry was not ready to make the step up.

“I’ve worked in the Premiership and Dael is not ready yet” he said, but he was quick to praise the youngster. “Dael could be anything. He could be anything and play anywhere.”

Fry has been key in Middlesbrough’s success so far this season, and is part of the best defence in the division, having kept 11 clean sheets in 17 games. Pulis’ claim that the defender can play anywhere shows his versatility, and has played at centre-back, central-midfield and more recently at right-back, where he has excelled.

“He’s quick, he’s strong. The problem with Dael, if you look, is the number of games he’s played compared to what he should have played”, said Pulis.

The Boro boss was also complimentary of fellow-Middlesbrough youngsters Lewis Wing and Marcus Tavernier, with the latter getting his first start of the season in the Championship at the weekend away to Brentford, scoring in the 2-1 win.

“It’s the same with Tav and Wingy. I know Wingy went to Yeovil last year and they did a fantastic job with him. We’ve got some good kids here and they’ll have their chances.”

“We have to be careful with Tav, Wingy and Dael, they’re all young,”


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