Dael Fry has been named in FourFourTwo’s annual list of the top 50 players in the EFL.
The Boro Academy graduate comes in at 21 on the half century of names from across the three divisions, with only Swansea’s Chelsea loanee Marc Guehi higher ranked in the centre-back position.
The magazine writes: “Manager Neil Warnock talks about Fry as if he is boasting about his favourite grandson’s latest feats. Understandably: the local lad’s bravery and reliable defensive instincts point to a long spell at a higher level.
“There are shades of Harry Maguire in his 6ft 4in frame and style, but also clear parallels in their early careers.”
The list was compiled based on the views of supporters from all 72 EFL clubs.