The nominations for the Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month award for December have been announced.

They are as follows:-

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United)
Baxter was given the freedom to roam and use his passing ability to worry opposition defences. He contributed three goals, a header and two powerful strikes - the highlight a stunning 30-yard equaliser against former club Oldham Athletic.

Paul Downing (Walsall)
Now settled, Downing's distribution from the back and fine reading of the game was instrumental in Walsall conceding just three goals in the month. The 22-year-old has formed an impressive partnership with the experienced Andy Butler.

Stephen Gleeson (Milton Keynes Dons)
Finally recovering his form after a long-term injury, Gleeson scored two stunning goals, against Port Vale and Crawley Town. His box-to-box energy was vital in Milton Keynes Dons winning four December games.

Sam Saunders (Brentford)
Alternating between the wing and the centre, Saunders drove his side forward throughout a stellar December. Two assists and three goals featured a stunning free-kick against Swindon Town and a terrific 20-yard strike against MK Dons.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News.