Hull City striker’s frustration at lack of game time as he reveals truth about social media criticism

Gillingham Forward , Tom Eaves (9) goal scorer during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Oldham Athletic and Gillingham at Boundary Park, Oldham, England on 14 April 2018. Picture by Mark Pollitt.

Hull City striker Tom Eaves a lack of game time at the club has left him “down” after opening up to Hull Live about how he deals with critics on social media.

The 27-year-old joined the Tigers from Gillingham earlier this year on a free transfer after his contact at the Gills expired.

However, an unconvincing season so far has led to Eaves falling down the pecking order at the KCOM Stadium – something which has left the forward questioning his performances.

He said: “Not playing as much I’d like does get you down, if I am honest. You hear little comments here and there. I think criticism is an important thing as you have to stay in line with the truth as much as possible.

“Because you are not going to grow or improve (if not). Criticism is important, you take what you need from it and try and grow from it and ultimately try and improve from it as well.

”That is what I want to do and the club wants to progress as far as it can – make the play-offs and get into the Premier League and personally I also want to improve.

“It is important I do not get too down and low if I don’t score. You do take it into the weekend; you take it home, just like any other job if you have a bad day. So I am learning to try and separate that.”

As well as receiving criticism from supporters at the game, Eaves has also struggled to deal with abuse online directed at him via Twitter.

He said: “That can be (nasty) because you can get a 12-year-old kid coming on and slating you and then someone who may be a 60-year-old guy who knows football.

”Everyone has got opinions and it is important to have your own opinion of yourself and have that self-belief.

“I have also got my dad on the phone as well and he will call me and give me some of the truth and I respect my dad’s opinion up there with my own and he will always give me an honest verdict for the game and I value his.

“He can be pretty harsh sometimes, but you think no, you couldn’t have done much more there. It is important to keep myself on a level ground because it is different nowadays.

”People back in the day did not have to deal with social media. You are tethered to people in a lot of ways and it is difficult to switch off.”