The nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award for January.Odion Ighalo (Watford)
January proved to be a fabulous month for the penalty-box poacher as he 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)
Murphy finally appears to be coming of age at Leeds after a superb January. An elegant passer of the ball, he provided an assist at Huddersfield Town and scored twice himself during the month – the equaliser against Birmingham City and a stunning left-foot strike to beat leaders AFC Bournemouth.
Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
One of Wolves’ Premier League stalwarts, Stearman brought his experience to bear as they kept three clean sheets in four games during January. Courageous in the tackle and always up for a physical battle, he was outstanding in the draw at Blackburn Rovers.
Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough)
Tomlin is the creative force behind Boro’s march towards automatic promotion and his goalscoring instincts were evident in two confident finishes during January, against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.
The winner will be announced on Friday.