Highly rated players: why do we hate them?

After a poor performance against Nottingham Forest this afternoon, Jack Hunt has been receiving some less than constructive criticism via twitter.

Now Hunt is a highly regarded player, noted for his attacking qualities and genuine pace. It’s also accepted that his defending isn’t yet up to scratch. As a result of being well thought of, certain fans seem to have taken against him.

Now firstly, you have to ask the question: did Hunt himself say he was good? The answer is of course no, so there’s no reason to detest him on that level. So why so much animosity towards a player who graduated from the club’s academy, who has performed consistently well over the last 3 seasons?

To my reckoning it is the fact that after being told how good he is, fans cannot accept it when he has a bad game. “I thought he was supposed to be good?”

There also seems a genuine dislike throughout a minority of football fans for any player who is highly thought of. These fans, who are proud know it alls, seem to take great joy in pointing out that these Messianic players are human after all. “That so called great player just missed a sitter” or in the case of some select Huddersfield fans, take joy in pointing out the players from our “much vaunted academy” aren’t as good as everyone says.

This is understandable between rival fans, who are merely attempting to point score, but to hammer players from the team you support seems completely counter intuitive.

To town fans questioning Hunt, I would say we all know his limitations, but on his day he’s a very good player, and a genuine talent. He might not reach your unrealistic expectations of what you think a current lower Championship level right back should be, but he doesn’t deserve the flack being given to him.

It seems the higher someone is rated, the more people want to knock them down a peg or two from the lofty perch they themselves didn’t ask to be put on.

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