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Timo Werner, Christopher Nkunku and Dani Olmo: RB Leipzig's all-new, turbo-charged trio

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With Timo Werner returning to RB Leipzig to link up with Christopher Nkunku and Dani Olmo, Domenico Tedesco has a tantalising attacking triumverate in place.

Unlike their biggest rivals for the 2022/23 Bundesliga crown, Leizpig have managed to pick up just a couple of points from their opening encounters against VfB Stuttgart and Cologne. At this stage of the season, there is, of course, no cause for alarm; after all, last term's DFB Cup winners have shown plenty of flashes of their attacking best on Matchdays 1 and 2.

And what's more, with the return of club favourite Werner to the side, the possibilities in what is set to be a busy campaign ahead are endless for an energetic Leipzig team. With Werner quickly reestablishing his understanding with ex-teammate and last season's Bundesliga Player of the Year, Nkunku, goals look a guarantee.

Add exciting Spanish versatile attacker Olmo to the recipe, and you have a triumvirate that will test the very best as Leipzig look to hit the heights in three competitions.

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"My first impressions are very good and positive," Tedesco said of Werner's comeback, in quotes appearing on Leipzig's website. "I'm really pleased that he's with us. He’s a great person and a brilliant footballer who will help us a lot."

In fact, no sooner had he pulled back on the jersey some 777 days after departing for Chelsea, Werner was back on the scoresheet for his new/old team last weekend in the 2-2 draw with Cologne.

Despite being down to 10 men, Leipzig made it 2-1 in the game after Olmo teed up Nkunku for the second time this season. If you take in Leipzig's three competitive games so far this season (including July's Supercup reverse against Bayern) Nkunku, Olmo and Werner have a combined stats total of four goals and three assists, and the season is just getting warmed up.

"At the moment, we’re struggling to get into top gear and we’re lacking a bit of efficiency," defender Willi Orban admitted after last weekend's draw.

"Having Timo on the pitch changes things for us; the opposition respect his quality and his speed. It’s a big weapon for us because a lot of defenders sit deeper. That opens up the spaces that we can exploit through Dani [Olmo], Christo [Nkunku] or Szobo [Dominik Szoboszlai]. We can expect a lot more from Timo."

Dani Olmo has made a determined start to the 2022/23 campaign for Leipzig. - IMAGO/KH/IMAGO/Karina Hessland

Captain Peter Gulacsi agreed, the goalkeeper commenting: "We know that Timo Werner can make good use of open spaces and he’s really good in between the lines. We can be very pleased to have such a player; we’ll have a lot of good moments with him."

And if the past is anything to go by, Werner will have a lot of good moments with Nkunku too. When the pair last played for Leipzig back in 2019/20, a considerable amount of the Frenchman's 15 Bundesliga assists were for the benefit of the Germany international. In that campaign, Leipzig finished third in Germany's top flight and went all the way to the Champions League semi-finals.

"I had a great year with Christopher Nkunku," Werner explained of his last season in Leipzig colours before he departed for the English Premier League. "I set up a lot of goals for him and he set up almost all of mine. That worked really well back then and I think that it can work brilliantly with other attackers here, who I’ll play with for the first time."

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"[Nkunku] has made unbelievable strides in his shooting in the last two years and he scores almost every game," Werner continued after the 2-2 draw against Cologne. "If we work on our passing game a little bit more, including with Dani [Olmo] behind us, who played superbly today, then I think we can really scare the other teams in the league and become a really good front three."

Now just four goals shy of a century for his club, the man they call 'Turbo' will surely hit that mark in next to no time with Nkunku and Olmo in tandem.

And when the trio's understanding hits telepathic levels as the season progresses, Leipzig will be a be a force difficult to stop as they take aim at Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and the rest of the Bundesliga's title pretenders in the months ahead.