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Middlesbrough have been on a steep upward trajectory since Chris Wilder replaced Neil Warnock in the dugout this season.
However, it still might not be enough for Boro to finish in the Championship‘s top six providing plenty of food for thought heading into the summer transfer window.
Similar to Steve Cooper’s impact at Nottingham Forest, but to a lesser extent, Wilder seems to have improved almost every player in the Boro squad since November, a state of affairs that should serve them very well as we edge towards 2022/23.
FLW’s Middlesbrough fan pundit Dana Malt identified Anfernee Dijksteel as the club’s unsung hero this season.
Speaking to Football League World, Malt said of the 25-year-old: “Anfernee Dijksteel is my unsung hero of the season, I just think he’s a very, very underrated defender, even within the Middlesbrough fan base.
“In terms of defensive work he’s just so astute and composed.
“Whenever it looks like he’s been beaten by a tricky winger he’s right back there with the recovery runs, he uses his body incredibly well to shut out anybody who’s trying to get past him.
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“He’s so good at recovery defending and I would go as far as saying that he’s the second best defender at the club behind Dael Fry.
“He’s had a good season, there’s still improvements to be made, in terms of bringing the ball out from the back, when pressured I think you can see there’s a potential weakness there, but in terms of defending Anfernee Dijksteel is fantastic.”