He knows his form hasn't been what it was since he came back from injury & he's obviously now at the stage where the psychological is conspiring with the physical to make things worse. The last thing he needs is over the top criticism. In an ideal world, he would go on loan to a Ryman or Doc Martens Premier side & re-gain his form & his confidence. In the real world, though, we'd be stuck without him. It only takes Lee or Chris to be injured or suspended & we'd be re-jigging the back line again, drafting in Matt Lee to the centre, where he'd no doubt end up being judged unfairly.
Given his obvious discomfort out there at the moment, I'd start with Francis on the bench, at present, giving him as many run outs as possible in reserve games, but he's bound to be needed for the real thing on many more occasions. When he is, he deserves our support & encouragement.