Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Adam Lallana has affirmed that he is grateful that he kickstarted his career before the rise of social media.
Lallana has become a beacon of hope for the youngsters, previously at Liverpool and now at his new club Brighton where he hopes the rising stars do not succumb to the pressures of social media although it is difficult.
“When I was younger, it was different. Social media wasn’t what it is now,” Lallana told the Between The Lines podcast with Melissa Reddy.
“Obviously there were camera phones and whatnot. But you weren't getting videoed or filmed what feels like 24/7 now.
“The kids have got to kind of grow up so much quicker. They are 17 or 18, but they're having to act like probably what I was doing when I was around 25 or 26.
"I think I was I was lucky that when I was coming through, that wasn’t the case because it would have just added to all the other pressures times 10.”
Lallana also touched on his fears particularly when his children will have the desire to have social media accounts and also shared his thoughts regarding the recent abuse Neco Williams endured.
“I came across it on my own socials that he took a bit of stick,” he said. “It was such ridiculous scrutiny and opinions from these keyboard warriors.
“This is a young that is learning. Of course, you're going to have some bad moments in games.
“To see a young lad coming through at a top-level for a top team having to feel like he has deactivate or whatever, it’s just sad, isn't it?
“You can have one average game and then all the keyboard warriors are out. He is a young boy still, so he is not going to be used to reading things like that.
“This is the world we live in nowadays. He’s a good lad and I’m sure he’ll be stronger for it, but it’s not something that’s needed with all the other pressures around.”