Born on Teesside, he began playing with local side Cleveland Juniors until he was noticed by Middlesbrough at just 7 years old. He made great progress and by the age of 16 he had made it into the England youth set-up.

Dael made his full debut on 9 August 2015 – the opening day of the season in the televised 0–0 draw against Preston – and on 14 September 2015, he signed a new five year contract with the club.

He has has made his way into one of the best defences in the the country, which is an astonishing achievement but when you see him play it is easy to see why he has made it into the Boro back four.

When injuries hit Boro at the start of the season, Aitor Karanka had no problem giving him his debut on that opening day, and Fry put in a man of the match performance.

Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos has said that Fry is “a 40-year-old trapped in an 18-year-olds body”

Dael is a mature player who is composed during a game and who doesn’t panic, he doesn’t over-play things and has been compared to another Boro homegrown central defender – Gary Pallister – a future England star with a hefty price tag.

 He is also a fine player in the air (at both ends of the pitch), with 5.3 aerial duels won per 90 mins this season, that puts him ahead of Dani Ayala (3.6).


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