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Enner Valencia continues to impress for Ecuador

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Enner Valencia just can’t stop scoring. The Ecuadorian striker has continued to demonstrate his natural ability in front of goal with another two fine finishes against Honduras that keeps his nation's World Cup hopes alive.

Honduras managed to score a milestone goal – Carlo Costly’s 31st minute effort ended the second longest goalless drought in World Cup history at 510 minutes – but Valencia’s double turned the game on its head and ensured Luis Fernando Suárez's men did not earn a milestone win.

Ecuador now, thanks to their star man’s goals, are in with a real chance of progressing into the second round as their final Group E match is against France.

If they defeat Les Bleus and Switzerland beat Honduras, all three teams will be tied on six points, meaning that the South American side could well advance on goal difference following the thumping France gave the Swiss last time out.

Their 25-year-old forward has been one of the stand-out performers of the competition thus far and he will be pivotal if they are to provide a shock against a very impressive France team.

Valencia is giving the household names Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Karim Benzema a run for their money in the Golden Boot race, with all of them currently tied on three.

His performances have begun to attract a lot of attention, and with attention come transfer speculation. The striker, who only moved to Pachuca in January from Emelec in his native Ecuador, is currently being linked with moves to the Premier League, with Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham reportedly keeping tabs on him.

Since signing for the Mexican outfit Pachuca the forward has scored 18 goals in 23 league appearances, and for Ecuador he has netted seven times in his last six, including three goals in four pre-tournament friendlies.

He has taken this eye-catching form into Brazil and, as always with stars of major tournaments, he will now being outlined as a potential summer recruit by a host of top teams across Europe.

Every World Cup there are a few players who come to the attention of the masses and earn themselves a big move, and Valencia looks to be one of this year's.

He is strong, quick and has a great ability for sniffing out goals, which is an invaluable trait for a striker. His clinical finishing and incredible aerial ability has been a major factor in his rise in stature.

He does not get many chances playing up top for Ecuador, but when they come his way, he ensures he is ready to pounce and finish emphatically.

The striker’s physical attributes certainly seem a good fit to the Premier League and it is almost a given that he will not be playing in the Mexican league for much longer, but only time will tell where he ends up.

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