Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has revealed that he voted for Chelsea star Eden Hazard for the PFA Player of the Year award, a revelation which proves that tactical voting doesn’t take place at our club, he told The Evening Standard.
Much had been made of John Terry’s decision to vote for Philippe Coutinho (via Daily Mail) ahead of many other obvious candidates; and it seemed the Blues captain was trying to make sure Hazard won the award by not voting for his direct rivals.
However, whilst noting the sensational achievements of our Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, Welbeck accepted that the Chelsea man had to claim his vote.
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In a game which presented two of this season’s sensational talents, it was a shame that Jose Mourinho didn’t allow Hazard to show his mercurial talents up against Alexis.
“It was no surprise to see Alexis nominated,” Welbeck said.
“He has been one of the special players this season and he’s proved that time and again. I couldn’t vote for him though as a team-mate.
“I voted for Eden Hazard. I just love watching the way he plays, the way he influences games. He’s always a dangerous player at any time of the game, anywhere on the pitch.”
With 22 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, Alexis can feel aggrieved to not be considered in the top three ahead of David de Gea and Harry Kane.
However, as Arsene Wenger suggests, Alexis will inevitably challenge for the award again next year (via Arsenal Player).