Aitor Karanka delighted with Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry

Dael Fry is regarded as one of the brightest youngsters currently at Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has told the club’s official website that Dael Fry was ‘outstanding’ against Leeds United.

Karanka threw the 19-year-old in at the deep end at Elland Road, partnering him alongside Ben Gibson at the heart of Boro’s defence.

And the youngster impressed, as Middlesbrough picked up a 0-0 draw against Leeds to consolidate their place in the top two of the Championship table.

“Dael was outstanding against Leeds,” the Spanish boss said. “He’s a kid that I trust a lot.

“He looked like a 25-year-old against a really good team in Leeds, under a lot of pressure and in a difficult stadium. I’m really pleased for him.”

Prior to the match against Leeds Fry had played just twice this season, but he could be asked to fill in for the foreseeable future with Daniel Ayala on the sidelines.

The Spanish defender has hurt his ankle and, according to a report in the Gazette at the start of the week, he still had not returned to training.

That could mean that Fry starts again in Boro’s next match, with the Teesiders set to take on Cardiff City on Tuesday.

Boro are pushing for promotion, but they have not won any of their last five matches and they will need to get back on track quickly if they are able to celebrate being a Premier League club next season.

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