Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry has sent a message to fans of the North East club and suggested they could be key in Saturday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside.
Fry has been an integral player for Boro this season, starting every game since he returned to the side and taking the captain’s armband over the past two weeks.
The 22-year-old looks like he has a bright future ahead of him and has reportedly caught the attention of some top-flight teams, with Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, and Wolves amongst the clubs interested.
For the time being, it appears Fry’s attention is firmly set on the meeting with the Owls on Saturday and, speaking to the club website, the centre-back discussed what a win would mean.
He said: “If we can get back-to-back wins, who knows where that can take us.
“The dressing room will be lifted, and that winning mentality is important for getting points on the board.
“It will be tough, and we need as many fans there as possible as they are like the twelfth man.
“We’ve worked under Garry [Monk] before, we know the style he plays and I think it’ll be a really good game.”
He added: “The fans have been fantastic. When the lads are on the pitch, we feel what they feel.
“If we can get a lot of people there, it will be a fantastic atmosphere and will only give us a better chance of winning the game.
“The last fifteen minutes of the game against Reading, we were under the cosh and that spurred us on.
“On Saturday hopefully we can get as many there as possible and do the same again.”
Fry is right, Boro will need to make the most of their home advantage if they’re to get a result in this one and the support of the fans could be a key part of that.
The hosts have struggled to find consistency under new boss Jonathan Woodgate this season and the visit of Wednesday looks like being a testing one.
The Owls are unbeaten in the league under Monk and will be heading to the Riverside confident of getting a result given the way both sides have started the season.
Boro are 15th having won just twice all season, while Wednesday are ninth and know that a win could take them into the top six.