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Christian Eriksen

Willian, Christian Eriksen and Rodrigo have all been linked with various Premier League clubs recently, have their midweek performances made you more keen to see them at your club?

Willian has been strongly linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur this week, and produced an exceptional performance against the former as Shakhtar defeated the European Champions 2-1 in Donetsk. At 24, and with a UEFA cup already under his belt, he has a fair bit more experience than the other two players I'm looking at, and he used this experience to great effect on Tuesday. Willian was the most successful dribbler on the pitch, even with the likes of Hazard and Oscar also present, but also controlled the game through intelligent passing in the first half, and was integral to their quick counter attacks in the second. Willian's price tag looks set to rise on the back of this year's Champions League, and with Shakhtar now in pole position to qualify in their group, a move in January looks increasingly unlikely.

Rodrigo is probably the least well known of the three, despite his loan spell at Bolton in the 2010-11 season. He is only in his second full season with Benfica, having impressed last season as both an out and out striker, and also just dropping off a front man. The Spanish U21 international has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea in the past, but didn't have one of his better days as Benfica succumbed to a 2-1 loss away at Spartak Moscow. The young player failed to make an impact with his dribbling, and gave the ball more often than not. Benfica had the best of much of the game, but couldn't find a way through on what was an off day for the club and Rodrigo individually.

Christian Eriksen is the youngest of the three players, but has been playing at the top level with Ajax since 2010. Having been with the Dutch club since 2008 he has developed into a superb technical player and has caught the eye of many of the top clubs in the Premier League and around Europe. Having had a relatively quiet start against Manchester City on Wednesday night Eriksen was integral to Ajax's come from behind victory, contributing a goal and an assist to leave the English Champions on the precipice of exiting the tournament. His man of the match display will raise the interest in the Dane further, and Ajax will have a tough job keeping the player next summer, or even in the coming winter transfer window.

images: © Martini DK, © Martin Nikolaj Bech

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