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

They are as follows:-

Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United)
January featured five goals in as many games for Ajose after his return to Peterborough. His sharpness around the box brought him a hat-trick in the 4-3 win over against Notts County which included a superb swerving 25-yarder.

Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient)
Commanding in the air and strong in the tackle, Scott Cuthbert was forced to cover at right-back for Leyton Orient during January. He adapted smoothly and proved a threat from set-pieces with goals in the wins over Shrewsbury Town and Carlisle United.

James Tavernier (Rotherham United)
On-loan Tavernier proved his versatility at both right-back and left-back during January. Nimble and solid defensively, he surged forward quickly at every opportunity. He set-up two goals in the 3-0 win at Shrewsbury Town, scoring the other himself.

Marcello Trotta (Brentford)
Trotta has shown remarkable character after his final-day penalty miss last season. With three goals and two assists, he was equally impressive for his all-round contribution as well as closing down from the front.

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