Jamie Carragher: Why John Terry voted Liverpool star for PFA award
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says John Terry's decision to vote for Philippe Coutinho for PFA award was tactical
John Terry’s decision to vote for Philippe Coutinho in the race to win PFA player of the year was purely tactical, according to Jamie Carragher.
The Chelsea skipper took to Instagram to reveal that he had supported the Liverpool midfielder’s bid to win the end-of-season accolade.
Coutinho is facing competition from Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United shot stopper David De Gea and Terry’s Chelsea team-mates Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.
And Carragher believes the experienced Blues skipper will have encouraged the Blues squad to vote for Coutinho as opposed to a hotly-tipped candidate like Kane to give Hazard the best chance of winning the award.
Carragher told Daily Mail: “John, I am almost certain, will have gone around Chelsea’s dressing room when the ballot papers came in and told the squad — given that you cannot choose one of your team-mates — under no circumstances should they vote for De Gea or Kane, who are Hazard’s biggest challengers.
“I’m sure the same happened in the Spurs and United dressing rooms.”
Carragher continued: “How do I know? I did exactly the same thing in 2006 when Steven Gerrard won! I was Liverpool’s PFA representative back then and I made it clear that, for Stevie to win, nobody should vote for Thierry Henry or Frank Lampard!
“You might think that’s unfair but it is the same in every dressing room.”
Hazard has scored 12 goals and has made eight assists in 31 Premier League appearances for the leaders throughout the course of the season so far.
Costa, who moved to Chelsea in a £32m deal from Atletico Madrid last summer, is the club’s top goal-scorer with 19 league goals.