Sadio Mane and Jamal Musiala (l-r.) have started 2022/23 well, but they're not the Bundesliga's most prolific strike duo. - © Imago
Sadio Mane and Jamal Musiala (l-r.) have started 2022/23 well, but they're not the Bundesliga's most prolific strike duo. - © Imago
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The Bundesliga's best strike partnerships, featuring Sadio Mane and Jamal Musiala

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They say two heads are better than one, and sometimes four feet are better than two when it comes to scoring goals in the Bundesliga. We take a look at the top strike duos currently operating in the German top flight…

Sheraldo Becker and Jordan (Union Berlin)

Combined goals: 9
Combined assists: 5

Union Berlin have enjoyed a dream start to the 2022/23 season, and were top and unbeaten until their Matchday 8 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. Becker and Jordan have played a major role in their success, with a combined haul of nine goals and five assists helping the capital club to beat Hertha Berlin, RB Leipzig, Schalke, Cologne and Wolfsburg.

Becker, the Netherlands-born Suriname international who joined Union in 2019, has never scored more than seven goals in a professional season. The 27-year-old is already up to six this term. Alongside him, new signing Jordan has contributed three goals and two assists, since his summer arrival from Young Boys that has boosted his hopes of playing for the USA at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Watch: Sheraldo Becker and Jordan wow Union Berlin

"They were phenomenal," Union boss Urs Fischer declared after both men scored in the 2-0 win over Wolfsburg. The Swiss tactician also suggested that the Bundesliga's top marksman still has room for improvement. "We know Sheraldo's qualities. He needs to look for more one-on-ones, use his pace, be bold, and attack the front post more often, like Jordan. We have to keep working on chemistry. We still have a lot of work ahead of us."

Chemistry is something that seems to have come naturally to Becker and Jordan, who have dovetailed remarkably in the few months they have been playing together. So far, all five of their assists have been for each other.

"From my first day here at the club, Sheraldo and I became close very quickly," Jordan recently told bundesliga.com. "It's the result of our constant communication and our hard work. We're also very close off the pitch, which helps when we play together."

Randal Kolo Muani and Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Combined goals: 6
Combined assists: 7

Eintracht Frankfurt have a very handy duo of their own in Kolo Muani and Kamada. The Frenchman joined from Nantes this summer – trading the Canaries for the Eagles – and he has quickly taken flight, providing two goals and a league-leading five assists in his first eight appearances.

The 23-year-old is the fastest recorded player in the Frankfurt squad this season, with a top speed of 34.9 kilometres an hour, and he has been turning Bundesliga defences inside out with his ferocious pace and nimble feet. Oliver Glasner's side had little to celebrate in a bruising 6-1 loss to Bayern Munich on the opening day, but Kolo Muani showed he meant business by coming off the bench and dispossessing Manuel Neuer to score a consolation goal. He has started every Bundesliga game since.

Watch: Kolo Muani and Kamada - Eintracht Frankfurt's deadly duo

"It was a sporting decision to join another championship, and I think I can say it was the right one," explained Kolo Muani, who recently made his France debut and threw his hat into the ring for a call-up to Qatar. "I don't know if I've evolved as a player, I'm just trying to adapt to the Bundesliga. It's a different style to Ligue 1 and I'm still learning the ropes."

Kamada is no doubt delighted to have welcomed Kolo Muani into the team. Though he usually lines up as the central striker, the Frenchman also likes to get wide, opening up space for the Japanese international to exploit from attacking midfield. As a consequence, Kamada has scored twice as many goals (four) as Kolo Muani, despite lining up slightly deeper in a 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-2-1.

This is the 26-year-old's fourth season with Frankfurt and he has already matched his goal tally from last term, while Kamada is only one off his club record of five from 2020/21.

Sadio Mane and Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)

Combined goals: 9
Combined assists: 3

Not many people would have bet on Musiala outscoring Mane in the first few months of the Bundesliga campaign, but the 19-year-old Germany international is currently on five goals, one more than the 2022 African Player of the Year. After making 18 league appearances from the bench last season, the teenage star looks primed to become one of Julian Nagelsmann's main men in attack this term.

Bayern have hit patches of turbulence this term as they navigate the post-Robert Lewandowski era, but when they have soared to cruising altitude, the football has been breathtaking. They put five past RB Leipzig in the Supercup, six past Frankfurt in the Bundesliga curtain-raiser and seven past Bochum on Matchday 3. In those three games, Sane and Musiala netted no fewer than seven goals between them, with the former needing just 31 competitive minutes to open his account for the record champions.

Watch: Bayern Munich's new-look attack

Musiala was also named Man of the Match in the UEFA Champions League win over Barcelona, as Nagelsmann's side spoiled Lewandowski's return to the Allianz Arena. Musiala was praised for his "mature and intelligent performance and the club's fans have also jumped on the 'Bambi' bandwagon, voting him their Player of the Month in July and August.

"I'm not a natural striker," Musiala confided to bundesliga.com. "I just try to get myself in good positions to try and score as many goals as possible. I think with the team we have we're going to create lots of chances, and I just have to be in the position to put them in."

Even without Lewy, Bayern are the top scorers in the Bundesliga this term with 23 goals in eight outings. Mane has notched four of them, plus another two in the Supercup and a comfortable DFB Cup victory over third-tier Viktoria Cologne.

"Sadio is a humble and grounded player," Nagelsmann noted. "He's extremely good for us, in the dressing room too. He has outstanding qualities and he's an outstanding guy. We've got a lot of variety up front, because he gives us more flexibility. Sometimes it can be really horrible to defend against."

Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

Combined goals: 7
Combined assists: 1

Nkunku was operating in a far deeper role when he and Werner last lined up together during the final year of the latter's first spell at Leipzig in 2019/20. And it's in the absence of Werner that Nkunku flourished, with the France international going on to reimagine himself as a striker and earn the Bundesliga's Player of the Season award last term.

Meanwhile, Werner collected a UEFA Champions League winners' medal with Chelsea during his two-year Bundesliga sabbatical and the pair immediately clicked upon their reunion. Nkunku teed up Werner for a goal on his second debut in the 2-2 draw with Cologne on Matchday 2, and the latter was quick to acknowledge the partnership's potential.

"I played with Christo the last year I was here and he already played a lot of balls through to me back then," Werner told bundesliga.com after sinking that Nkunku assist. "He has made unbelievable strides in his shooting in the last two years and he scores almost every game... I think Christo and I could become a good combination."

Although not officially credited with the assist, due to a Paulo Otavio touch, Werner returned the favour for Nkunku by crossing for the Frenchman to put the bow on a 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg on week four of the new season. Their combined movement, plus the pace of Werner and Nkunku's superb execution of pass and finish means that these two have the makings of a devastating partnership.

Niclas Füllkrug and Marvin Ducksch (Werder Bremen)

Combined goals: 5
Combined assists: 2

Füllkrug and Ducksch have become partners in crime and fast friends since the latter joined Werder Bremen four games into last season's promotion-winning campaign. Ducksch's arrival - and the later appointment of Ole Werner as head coach - was crucial as it wasn't until the 11th week of the season that Füllkrug found the back of the net. The pair went on to contribute 39 goals across the season.

But, on the surface of it, a new DAZN documentary appears to suggest that things weren't all rosy between the self-proclaimed "ugly ducklings" partnership. The series documents a heated moment at half time at Erzgebirge Aue on the penultimate day of the campaign, with the scores level and Ducksch demanding more from his teammate.

Watch: All Füllkrug-Ducksch goals in Bundesliga 2 last season

While the outside world saw a rift, Füllkrug believes it revealed just how strong their relationship is. "Duckschi and I are good together," he explained. "And I think the scene shows that. I wouldn't have said my opinion so clearly to someone with whom I don't have this kind of relationship." By the final whistle, Werder had claimed a 3-0 victory and the double-act were shown embracing - a gesture that aptly proved the disagreement was water off a pair of ugly ducks' backs.

Since then, Füllkrug has continued his good form in front of goal into the top-tier, with his five goals in seven league appearances giving way to calls that he should be in the Germany squad for this winter's FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Life in the Bundesliga has been harder for Ducksch and, although he's provided two assists and won a penalty for Füllkrug to convert, the 28-year-old is yet to score this term.

He does, however, have the full backing of his colleague, who said: "He plays great... He doesn't need to worry at all." Werner also threw his weight behind his charge, adding: "Marvin has a very high value for the team... I'm totally satisfied with him."