The December nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award are:
Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) – midfielder
The rock in Boro’s midfield, his industry and breaking up of play in front of a defence which did not concede all month was crucial, while his distribution set the team going forward. Outstanding in the wins at Brighton & Hove Albion and Ipswich Town.
Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) – striker
An all-action month for the Italian who terrorised the defences of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City in particular with his pace and direct play. He also managed five goals in six games, including a peach of a curler against Birmingham.
Tom Ince (Derby County) - striker
A hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Bristol City, the highlight of which was a mazy run and finish, triggered his return to form. Used his pace and trickery to score at Ipswich Town and Leeds United as he made it five goals in the month.
Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) – central defender
Leader of a defence which conceded only four goals in six games, his passion and organisational ability inspired his teammates. A constant threat at corners, he scored two headers, had two more cleared off the line and also hit the bar.
ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2016
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.