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George Friend: 'Adam Reach could play in Premier League.

Middlesbrough defender George Friend insists that teammate Adam Reach is capable of playing in the Premier League.

George Friend has said that Middlesbrough teammate Adam Reach is good enough to play in the Premier League.

The winger has featured regularly for Aitor Karanka's side in the Championship this season after spells on loan with Shrewsbury Town and Bradford City last season.

Friend told the Shields Gazette: "At the moment he's been our best player, him and Grant Leadbitter, Grant has been excellent as well. But Reachy, playing just in front of me, you just give him the ball and he's producing, he's got end product and works hard coming back, which I like as well because it helps me!

"You can see there's a confidence about him, in training he's been getting the ball down and whipping crosses in. Maybe a few years ago he might have been a bit more tentative but he's very confident and very talented.

"Maybe this manager's given him confidence because he's played him and played him and played him. I hope he stays because there's been a lot of speculation about him. He can play in the Premier League as can a lot of our players and that's why we need to keep working hard."

Middlesbrough beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 on Saturday to climb to third in the Championship table.

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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka during the Capital One Cup First Round match between Oldham Athletic and Middlesbrough at Boundary Park on August 12, 2014
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