Carragher: 'No way' John Terry really believes Coutinho has been better than Kane or De Gea

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The former Liverpool defender feels tactical voting is behind the Chelsea skipper's decision not to vote for Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane - or Manchester United's David de Gea.

Jamie Carragher feels there is 'no way' John Terry can 'seriously believe' Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has been better than Tottenham striker Harry Kane or Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea this season, according to his regular column in the Daily Mail.

The Chelsea captain voted for Liverpool midfielder Coutinho as his player of the season but Carragher has questioned the motives behind Terry's selection.

Indeed, the ex-Liverpool man feels Terry is simply watching the backs of Chelsea team-mates Eden Hazard and Diego Costa by tactically voting for their weakest rival.

Their strongest rivals, according to Carragher and many others, are Manchester United's De Gea and Tottenham striker Kane - who has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign this term.

He said: "There’s no way Terry can seriously believe Coutinho has been better than De Gea and Kane this season! There is more to it than meets the eye.

"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."

According to Carragher, the former Liverpool defender is better qualified than most to judge Terry's motives.

That's because, in his column, he provided detailed examples of him doing the same during his career!

In terms of the player of the season awards themselves, this season is certainly providing a superb level of competition, with De Gea, Kane, the Chelsea stars and more all enjoying terrific campaigns. But will 'tactical voting' mean the Manchester United and Spurs men are guaranteed to miss out?

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