Arsenal forward, Theo Walcott, says that watching games as a fan rather than taking part has changed his outlook as a player.
The England international ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee in January and spent 10 months on the sidelines.
However, having returned to first-team action, he admitted that he is able to appreciate some of the lessons he picked up during his time out.
“I’m the sort of person that likes to get involved in everything,” Walcott told Arsenal Player, “I’m quite chilled at times but if it’s getting tense [watching a match] I get quite nervous because I know how hard the guys work throughout the week.
“It’s good because you get to see a different side of it. Not just that, you see the people around you and the buzz they get from anything that a player does and you think, ‘OK, I’ll remember that for next time’.
“It looks so much easier when you’re watching it, so I really feel for the guys when I’m there having a go and saying, ‘You should have done this’. But when you’re down on the pitch everything happens instantly.”
Walcott’s time in the stands has also given him a fresh perspective on some of the more negative reactions the players can receive.
“You’re allowed your opinion, I don’t mind that at all,” he said. “It’s passion and that’s what it’s about. Fans have a go at me, which is great because it will get that extra percentage out of people and I think that’s important.”