Calm down, Gash. I think that basically all criticism and character attacks basically stem from one incident -- where he wrongly took the penalty off of Baines. He clearly did fuck up there, but otherwise, comments re: his effort and character appear to be way overblown.
Yes, he was long one of my favorite players, so I am defensive of him. But the constant attacks on him are tiresome anyways.
Haha, calm down? Mate, I'm perfectly calm but then I'm not the one on an internet forum asking people not to have a go at a player just because I like him.
I think the penalty incident just confirmed what a lot of people were already thinking about him rather than be the cause of people's dislike, he very much thinks of himself and isn't a team player on the park. He's had plenty games when he's not looked arsed or flattered to deceive. I think that's another reason people have a go, plenty have been willing to forgive and forget only for him to come back and put in another half arsed performance.
I'm not just having a go for the sake of it either, I stuck up for him when Martinez was leaving him out and felt he should play him and that he was being harshly treated. But you can go back as far as 2015 to find him making noises that he might need to leave as he wasn't getting games.
Anyway, with any luck he'll leave after this season and you won't need to worry about people having a go at him anymore.