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Everton Join Race To Sign Middlesbrough Starlet: Can He Be A Long-Term Solution?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry has emerged as a hot prospect in the transfer market. The 20-year-old is having a great season and this could be the breakthrough season for his career. The defender has been the preferred choice for Garry Monk in the Boro backline and has repaid the faith of the gaffer with some tremendous performances for his side.

Fry has started nine games in the Championship this season and has been flying high in the English second tier. A host of top clubs have been monitoring the player and among them, Everton seem very keen. 

The Toffees have had a horrific start to the season. They have managed just two wins in the Premier League and have been literally struggling to hit the ground. They have brought in a clutch of players but none of them have so far come up with assurance in their gameplays.

Fry was instrumental as the Three Lions lifted the U20 World Cup title recently. He played in three matches in the tournament and helped the team in keeping two clean sheets. He has been also called up to the England U21 squad and is right now training with the squad as they are preparing themselves for the World Cup qualifiers.

A similar situation had arisen regarding Ben Gibson’s future. The defender was a one-man army in the last season but couldn’t survive the drop. Despite Boro’s relegation, he was in demand but chairman Steve Gibson managed to hold on the player him for a little longer.

Fry started his career at the Riverside and has gone through various ups and downs as he reached this position. Monk has been given the tough task to steer Boro to an immediate promotion and losing him at this position would be a disaster.

The 20-year-old has shown huge ability with some brilliant performances which have put him in a very comfortable position as of now. Everton currently have a good number of youngsters in the squad and Koeman has been mixing them up with the experienced players to give the squad a perfect balance.

Everton currently have an ageing defence which is in dire need of reinforcements and Fry could be a decent addition for them. Neither Ashley Williams nor Phil Jagielka have the potential to meet up with the increasing demand of the Premier League so it would be feasible for Koeman to go for a new defender in the transfer market. Can Fry be it?

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