Aston Villa summer signing Philippe Senderos is used to criticism at this stage of his career, but believes he deserves more credit for his achievements.
After enduring years of being labelled an accident waiting to happen by so-called experts, Aston Villa centre-back Philippe Senderos insists criticism no longer affects him.
Joining in June on a free transfer, Senderos’s signing was a somewhat polarising one, given his previous error-prone spells with Arsenal and Fulham, which had left him with a less-than-stellar reputation in English football.
The Swiss international proved rock-solid over the first four league games of the season, however, as Villa conceded just once, although the club have since let in 11 goals over four successive defeats.
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The most recent of those was a 3-0 loss at Everton, which Senderos missed with a niggling thigh issue, but the 29-year-old is hoping to help get things back on track in Monday night’s trip to Queens Park Rangers, arguing his achievements in the game command more respect.
‘But personally it’s not about my pride or needing to get praise to feel good about myself.
‘I know what I am good at and what I have to work on. It’s always a process. Nobody is ever the finished article. You need hunger to get better and to give your maximum. I have that.
‘We often hear a player is unbelievable but then after one bad game people suddenly think maybe he’s not so good after all.
‘I really try not to let other people’s opinions affect my performances because I know what I’ve done in my career.
‘It used to worry me more when I was younger but you learn from the good and bad times. There are always ups and downs. I try not to take it personally.’