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Matt Crooks reveals who he believes is not the brightest player at Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough midfielder Matt Crooks has revealed that he believes that Dael Fry is the least intelligent player at the club.

Since joining Boro in the summer transfer window following Rotherham United’s relegation to League One, Crooks has established himself as a mainstay in the club’s starting eleven.

The 27-year-old has already illustrated that he is more than capable of competing at this level for Boro.

As well as providing one assist in the 16 appearances that he has made in the Championship for his new side, Crooks has managed to find the back of the net on three occasions.

The midfielder’s latest goal came during the club’s 2-0 victory over Barnsley last month.

Since this particular clash, Middlesbrough have struggled with their consistency in the second-tier as they have lost two of their last four league games.

After missing the club’s meeting with West Bromwich Albion last weekend due to suspension, Crooks will now be looking to prove his worth to Chris Wilder who was recently appointed as the club’s new manager.

Ahead of the club’s meeting with Milwall later this month, Crooks has identified Fry as the least intelligent member in Boro’s squad.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast about this particular subject, Crooks said: “There’s a few, it’s hard to pick!

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In what year did Mark Viduka join Middlesbrough?

“Yeah, it’s Dael Fry.

“If he wasn’t a footballer he would be struggling, wouldn’t he?”

The Verdict

Whilst Fry may not necessarily be the brightest individual when it comes to off-the-field matters, he certainly knows exactly what it takes to thrive in the Championship.

The defender has made 142 appearances at this level during his career to date and will be determined to help his side push on in the second-tier when he is fit enough to feature.

After recently undergoing a scan on his injury, Fry could potentially be in contention to make his return to action following the international break.

Currently averaging a relatively impressive WhoScored match rating of 6.93 in the Championship, the defender will unquestionably fancy his chances of making a positive impact for the club over the hectic Christmas period.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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