Sports media love to praise soccer players and clubs’ performance and fitness conditioning level when everything is going fine, but they also are the first ones to criticize when results aren’t going their way.
Is this behavior from the press able to help soccer players improving their overall performance?
Having the press praising specific players’ overall performance will play an important part in their minds. The press becomes a key component in the sport’s dynamic in this scenario, as it sheds light on the positive traits the player has to offer.
On the contrary, when the press criticizes players when results start to fail, it will create a negative mindset. Players may develop some sort of ‘fear’ for what the sports media will claim when things are going south.
When players feel happy on the field after training the right way, it’s almost impossible for them not to enter a good streak, building confidence and improving their overall performance in the process.
This will help soccer players to stay focused on training the proper way, as the happier the fans, the happier the club, and the happier the press.
When players start to feel too much pressure to reach the desired performance level, most of them develop minor flawed behaviors which could lower their skill ceiling. The press should be there to improve their outlook instead of messing up their mindset.
Players now are forced to develop a thick skin to bypass all of this pressure.
Bombarding players and clubs with negative tweets and DMs, saying they are running slow, getting fat, or failing too many shots, will only add up to the psychological pressure.
This dynamic could damage the sport in the long run, as players may develop depression, motivational problems, and bad work ethics.