The arrival of September means we are already one month into the new season and it has been a great start to the season across the Football League. Plenty of players have hit the ground running in League 1 but which four players have been shortlisted for the first Player of the Month award of the season.

Adam Armstrong – Coventry City

For any 18-year-old to come in on loan and jump straight into the starting line up they have to be a real talent. Armstrong who is at Coventry from Newcastle has fired five goals in as many games for the Sky Blues. He has shown the ability to score a variety of goals including a classy 30 yard chip over the keeper against Millwall. Armstrong’s goals have helped Coventry to claim ten points from their opening five games of the season.

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Bradley Dack – Gillingham

Dack has been employed in a role just off the front and has reaped the rewards of it for Gillingham. He is definitely the main man for the Gills and through his pace and power Dack has scored four goals already this season and Gillingham have maintained an unbeaten start to the season.

Sam Mantom – Walsall

Walsall have probably been the real surprise package of the division and Mantom is making up for lost time after missing most of last season through injury. The central midfielder was a youth player at Walsall before moving to West Brom and he is enjoying his time back at the Bescot. His range of passing has controlled the games for Walsall as they have won four and drawn one of their five league games. Mantom also got on the scoresheet himself in the wins on the road at Blackpool, Rochdale and Southend.

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Jim McNulty – Rochdale

McNulty came in at Spotland in the summer as manager Keith Hill looked to tighten up a defence that conceded 66 goals in League One last year. 30-year-old McNulty brings some experience and nous which has certainly helped shut out the goals for Dale.Just the two goals conceded in their opening five games of the season is the best defensive record in League 1 and McNulty has been flying into tackles, blocks and headers to ensure Rochdale maintain this record.

The winner of the Player and Manager of the Month awards for August will be revealed on Friday.

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