Osman injury reaction: 'Result'; 'Best news of the season' - Unfair?

Leon Osman

Injury to midfielder with over 300 appearances is ‘best thing to happen all season’…

I am a big fan of both Everton and Leon Osman so I was irritated - and shocked - when I saw the response to the midfielder’s injury, as first pointed out by Adam Partingdon of EFCFeelingBlue.com

The player hasn’t started well under the Roberto Di Martinez era and that is fair to say. The good things he did last season have been lacking, he has looked jaded and hasn’t been as sharp as he was last season.

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Lest us forget last season he was a key man for Everton and has been the unsung hero of the Moyes era. He is known as one of the hardest working players in the Premier League and has been imperative to good team performances that led Everton to consecutive top 10 finishes in the Premier League. He even got his first England call up and caps due to his form last season which was duly deserved.

When the midfielder went off with a groin injury over the thrilling 3-2 victory over West Ham United the hyperbole on twitter was at boiling point. When O’Keefe revealed that Osman was injured there were a few sadistic responses which included ‘'Result', 'Yessssss' and worst of all, for me 'Best news of the season'.

I understand that in some cases this is a result of ‘classroom’ mentality about who can say the worst response to try and get a couple of retweets, favourites or whatever. A look on the forums and there is same again, some calling it a blessing in disguise and hoping he isn't seen in an Everton shirt for a while and can be ‘phased out’ the club altogether.

I can’t stress enough that this is definitely the minority of supporters but still, for anyone to react like that to a ‘proper clubman’ like Osman is shocking. It makes me think about what modern football has become, here we have player that has dedicated his career to a club and at the first sign of poor form he is victimised rather than encouraged.

He does have a lot of support though and there are fans hoping he can go on to prove the doubters wrong and I expected nothing less from a truly traditional club that I respect in the highest regard. I just find it disappointing that it has come to this, when club-men are so hard to find in the modern game and for me should be respected like Shearer at Newcastle and Le Tissier at Southampton, even Huckerby at Norwich.

Yet, Osman has been thrown under a bus by some supporters who have grown tired of poor performances this season, despite it only being late October.

It does really make one wonder.

What are your thoughts on the current Osman bashing? Warranted or ridiculous?

image: © Nick Sarebi

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