The October nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award are:
Ali Al Habsi (Reading) - goalkeeper
A stellar month for the 34-year-old Oman international, flying across his goal to make stunning save after stunning save. A series of reaction stops preserved clean sheets in the wins over Rotherham and Nottingham Forest.
Sone Aluko (Fulham) - winger
Back to his dynamic best, mesmerising defenders with his dribbling ability and taking them on both inside and out. Scored with a lovely solo effort against Barnsley, then had a hat-trick of assists in a memorable display against Huddersfield.
Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion) – central defender
A model of consistency at the back, his influence was evident as Brighton conceded just three goals in five games. Scored with a towering header against Norwich and set up the winner at Sheffield Wednesday with an exquisite flicked pass.
Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) – striker
Wearing the famous number ‘9’ jersey at St James’ Park clearly suits him. Four goals from four October games showcased his speed, direct running and finishing prowess as he bagged two apiece against Brentford and Barnsley.
ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 2016
The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.