Former Manchester United infielder Paul Scholes feels that Chelsea veteran John Terry deserves to be shortlisted for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award.
Whilst Scholes is confident that Chelsea forward Eden Hazard will win the prestigious award, the 40-year-old was surprised to find out former England team-mate Terry wasn’t on the six-man shortlist.
Terry signed a new one-year-contract extension with Chelsea in January and it has turned out to be an inspired decision to retain the captain's services by Jose Mourinho.
The deal meant Terry went into his 21st year with club, a tenure that started when the captain was only 14-years old. The 34-year-old, who has played his entire career at Chelsea, has made 32 appearances this season, scoring five goals in the process.
Chelsea had originally been linked with Real Marid centre-back Raphael Varane and Paris-Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos last summer, but the decision to stick by their club leader was a key one.
And Scholes admitted his was surprised to see Terry’s name not on the shortlist.
“When I scan down the list of six nominees I do wonder how John Terry found himself omitted,” Scholes told the Independent.
“Terry has been the key figure in the team that will win the title this year; a key figure because Chelsea are essentially a defensive team."
“Their 34-year-old captain is their main man in that regard, he plays in every game and he is deserving of a place on the shortlist of the PFA Player of the Year award,” Scholes added.
Kane in 2nd place
Scholes also ranked the six shortlisted players, plus Terry, in the order he feels they should finish in the battle for the award.
The co-owner of Salford City believes Harry Kane deserves the runner-up spot, with Terry claiming third place.
Following the top-three is David De Gea, Phillipe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th respectively, according to Scholes.
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