Nominations for the January award are in...
The January nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Awards are:
Odion Ighalo (Watford) - striker
A fabulous January for the penalty box poacher who scored seven goals, one for every 37 minutes on the pitch. His predatory instincts were fully on show with his four-goal, second-half haul in the 7-2 win over Blackpool.
Luke Murphy (Leeds United) – midfielder
Murphy finally appears to be coming of age at Leeds. An elegant passer of the ball, he provided an assist at Huddersfield Town and scored twice himself – the equaliser against Birmingham City and a stunning left-foot strike to beat leaders AFC Bournemouth.
Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – central defender
One of Wolves’ Premier League stalwarts, Stearman brought his experience to bear as they kept three clean sheets in four games. Courageous in the tackle and always up for a physical battle, he was outstanding in the draw at Blackburn Rovers.
Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) – midfielder
Tomlin is the creative force behind Boro’s march towards automatic promotion. Moves defences around with his vision. Tomlin’s goalscoring instincts were evident in two confident finishes against Huddersfield Town and another against Cardiff City.
ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 2015
The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Head of Communications John Nagle; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.
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