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Sky Bet League One Player of the Month: January nominations

9 February 2022

The January nominations for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month Award are:

Paddy Lane (Fleetwood Town) – attacking midfielder

The 20-year-old was unknown when he signed from Hyde United in the summer. League One defences know all about him now. As well as his eighth assist, he scored breath-taking long-range strikes against Plymouth and Cambridge.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) – central defender

At 37 and in the month he made his 750th EFL appearance, Lewington was given a new role as a fully-fledged central defender in a back four. He adapted seamlessly, playing all seven games and helping MK to concede just three goals.

Michael Smith (Rotherham United) - striker

Rotherham scored five goals in January. Smith headers, whether of the towering or stooping variety, accounted for three of them, a determined run and shot for the fourth, while the fifth was an own goal at Crewe caused by yet another header.

Cole Stockton (Morecambe) - striker

Call him Morecambe’s talisman or battering ram, Stockton continues to lead their fight for League One survival. His four goals and one assist show that while his physicality bullies defenders, his intelligence can also out-smart them.

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