The Everton fullback was speaking to former Blue Kevin Kilbane for an interview with Football Focus that will air in full on the BBC tomorrow afternoon and he displayed a pleasing maturity about the trade-offs that modern players make for the big salaries they earn.
“I think nowadays players are nearly too precious," he argued when asked how he has been affected by Ronald Koeman's lack of reticence to publicly call out individual players if they haven't performed well.
"If you have a bad game and someone highlights on the TV or in the papers then so be it because that's the job we're in.
“We get paid a lot of money to do what we do and if we can't take criticism then there's something wrong and it shows a weakness in a player.
“If I don't play well, first and foremost, I know it myself and if the manager highlights that I haven't played well then that's just the way it is and I've been through that.
“I know that every player is different and I can only speak for myself. I always feel like I have to impress people and try and prove people wrong maybe. That might be because I've had to do it the hard way.
“But 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 the good and not take any of the bad.
“So you've just got to get the balance right and not be a baby about it, really.”
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1 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:44:05
Take the criticism and push on, that's the way, well said lad!
2 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:58:36
Need to set up a few machine gun nests around Goodison for Mou's next approach to him. Shoot on sight, boys.
3 Posted 03/02/2017 at 18:00:22
4 Posted 03/02/2017 at 18:14:54
Get the armband ready Seamus or Bainesy.
5 Posted 03/02/2017 at 18:24:40
6 Posted 03/02/2017 at 18:56:24
They're yoooman beeeens, y'know!
7 Posted 03/02/2017 at 18:59:27
8 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:59:44
Martinez only had one part right: Praise is good to build spirit and self-belief!
But he refused to see that undeserved praise could instead ruin a player who actually needed constructive criticism (or just a good yelling-at!) to himself see the adjustments he needed to make to become an even better player.
9 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:37:38
10 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:50:11
11 Posted 03/02/2017 at 21:00:25
12 Posted 03/02/2017 at 22:12:35
No agents, no expensive lawyers, no sitting down and refusing to 'work' because we want to go somewhere else; we also have to put up with harsh and sometimes dangerous working conditions, and put in 8 hours a day for a wage, not an annual lottery win I'd take anything my boss could dish out for a 5th of what they earn.
13 Posted 03/02/2017 at 23:08:04
14 Posted 03/02/2017 at 00:05:09
I don't think he would have much time for the likes of 'The Egotistical One' Mourinho, who is a long way short in the human qualities that our Seamus has in abundance.
Hope he takes the armband next season. He has done well as captain of the Irish national team.
15 Posted 04/02/2017 at 01:10:23
Only seven hours before we set off for Goodison. COYB!
16 Posted 04/02/2017 at 02:25:29
Get a goal against Bournemouth, lad, so we can sing your name.
17 Posted 04/02/2017 at 09:26:18
I was at his debut for the reserves at Widnes; although he didn't stand out, he was the most vocal on the park, barking orders and bollocking players.
We need more players with his attitude, the Premier League is full of players more interested in hair cuts and tattoos than winning matches.
18 Posted 04/02/2017 at 09:43:16
Seamus is talking the sense other players should be talking. And as far as being picked out for criticism if it is TRUE and you can't handle it and say "right I'll show you" then you are in the wrong job. Well done, Seamus long may you reign hopefully as Skipper.
19 Posted 04/02/2017 at 10:12:31
Well said, Seamus. I think most players, if they are honest, know the truth of how they have played and can accept it and try to improve their game.
There are some players who take all the glory when they have played well, but sulk and moan when they are told how poor they have been.
The same players do little, if anything, to go out and prove their critics wrong, but just carry on as before; we have got one or two like that at Everton.
Seamus is not one of them, he is a down to earth lad who knows and appreciates how lucky he is to be a professional footballer; long may he continue to ply his trade at Everton.
21 Posted 04/02/2017 at 12:34:52
Wonder if Seamus's response was aimed at a teammate or three.
22 Posted 04/02/2017 at 14:41:21
Okay joking apart, what good does it do embarrassing players through the media, shouldn't this be done in private? Koeman criticises players and where they still don't perform, he ships them out or puts them on the bench. Isn't this enough?
23 Posted 05/02/2017 at 00:15:04