Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has outlined his reasons for quitting Twitter, saying that it allows him to be his own worst critic.
The Southampton striker has come under criticism in the recent past for his lack of goals, having netted only three times in his last 64 appearances at club level. This has led to some less than savoury comments directed at Long on Twitter, with the player ultimately deciding to step away from the social media platform.
He follows teammate Nathan Redmond in this regard, with the winger stating his belief that the positives of that environment are far outweighed by the negatives.
Speaking to Southampton's official website, he said the move allowed him to block out any external distractions and concentrate on his game.
I think you put unnecessary pressure on yourself. I don't take any notice when I'm doing well and people are praising me, so why should I pay attention to all the negative things being said about me?
I didn't talk to Redders (Nathan Redmond) about it, but he's obviously had a good season and you can see he's more confident in himself and playing well, so there could be a lot to be said about that.
The younger age grow up with social media, so hopefully it doesn't pollute their minds as they get older. I think the older players can laugh it off, but it's never nice to read, even if you don't really take any notice.
Why put yourself in that position?
I know the fans of Southampton like the way I work for the team, but there's always that argument 'he doesn't score enough goals'. You've got to accept that as well.
Coming off Twitter has been good for me – I don't read any negative stuff. I'm my own worst and best critic – I know what I've done well and what I need to improve on. Those people writing on Twitter can't change it. It's only me who can change it.
Despite Long's lack of goals, he remains a regular in the Southampton side. His hardworking nature in forward areas has endeared him to a number of different managers at the club, with current boss Ralph Hasenhuttl also a big fan.
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