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'I think nowadays players are nearly too precious': Seamus Coleman

The Ireland and Everton star feels that some footballers can’t take criticism.

'It's the game we're in, we're going to get criticised.'
'It's the game we're in, we're going to get criticised.'
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

SEAMUS COLEMAN NEEDS no introduction at this stage.

Currently in the form of his life, the Ireland and Everton defender has never let Premier League stardom go to his head.

He’s the type of player that keeps his head down and gets on with it, no airs or graces.

Currently playing his club football under Ronald Koeman, Coleman and Everton are excelling this season.

The Dutch manager is renowned for his open criticism of players, and his tough-love style of management is something that the Ireland captain welcomes.

In an interview with the BBC, Coleman shared his opinion on the state of modern-day football, and the mentality of current players, all the while letting his down-to-earth nature shine through.

“I think nowadays players are nearly too precious,” he told Kevin Kilbane in the Football Focus interview.

I think if you have a bad game and someone highlights it on the TV or in the papers then so be it. That’s the job we’re in and we get paid a lot of money to do what we do.

“If we can’t take criticism, then there’s something wrong and I think it shows a weakness in a player. If I don’t play well first and foremost, I know myself I haven’t played well but if a manager highlights that I haven’t played well then that’s just the way it is, I’ve been used to that.

Everton v Arsenal - Premier League - Goodison Park Source: Peter Byrne

“I know every player’s different but I can only speak for myself. I always feel like I have to impress people, and prove people wrong maybe and that might be cause I have had to do it the hard way.

“It’s the game we’re in, we’re going to get criticised just like we’re going to get praised when we’re doing well. You can’t just take all of the good and not take any of the bad.

You’ve just got to get the balance right, and not be a baby about it really.”

The full interview will be shown on Football Focus tomorrow.

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