John Terry names Riyad Mahrez his Premier League Player of the Year

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John Terry has posted his PFA Premier League Team of the Year vote on his Instagram page.

The Chelsea defender has acknowledged Leicester City’s remarkable effort by including seven players in his team, including Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

However, not one Chelsea player makes his team - perhaps a reflection of the Blues’ season - while Arsenal’s assist king Mesut Ozil is snubbed. Scroll down to see Terry’s complete XI.


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Chelsea have endured a difficult season. Their defence of the Premier League has been miserable - they are currently 10th in the table after falling as low as 16th when Jose Mourinho was sacked - and couldn’t salvage their campaign with success in either the Capital One Cup or FA Cup.

The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League after losing 4-2 on aggregate in their round-of-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

So it’s probably right that Terry hasn’t included a single Chelsea player in his team. Although, if he had to pick one, it probably would have been free-kick master Willian.

John Terry's Players' Player and Team of the Year

Terry also included his votes for the Player’ Player of the Year - Mahrez - and Young Player of the Year - Harry Kane.

The two players have enjoyed sensational seasons for Leicester and Tottenham respectively, Mahrez firing the Foxes to the brink of a Premier League title and Kane leading the goalscoring chart with 22 league goals.

The Algerian is one of seven Leicester players to make Terry’s XI, joining Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante and Vardy.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, Dimitri Payet of West Ham and Kane complete the team.

Leicester's stunning season

Leicester’s rise to the top has been the story of the season and will live long in football folklore if Claudio Ranieri’s side are able to finish off the job.

It seems almost certain that Mahrez and Vardy will each win some kind of award - both have been a joy to watch and that they have overshadowed the typical stars is a testament to their efforts.

Ranieri described their link-up for Vardy’s sensational goal against Liverpool as “unbelievable”, but the pair have produced the goods all season.

Combined, they’ve scored 35 league goals. Arsenal’s more-expensive duo of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud have scored 17 goals.

But the Leicester pair couldn’t have done it without their teammates, and Terry has noticed the tenacious efforts of Morgan, Huth, Kante and Drinkwater, who complete the spine of the team.

Dimitri Payet

Payet’s inclusion can’t be argued, either. The Frenchman has single-handedly inspired West Ham to sixth-place with his virtuoso performances.

He’s been the Premier League’s best entertainer, the free-kick against Crystal Palace last week a stunning reminder of the 29-year-old’s ability.

Terry’s contract at Chelsea expires in the summer and it’s not yet clear whether he will be offered a new deal by incoming boss Antonio Conte.

If he does stick around, he’ll be wanting to include some Chelsea players in next year’s vote.

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