The name's Timo – Turbo Timo. The alliteration adds effect to what is essentially an accurate assessment of the RB Leipzig forward, who is racing away from the competition, almost literally.

Timo Werner already appears to be in possession of his ticket to the FIFA World Cup this summer, and it would not be a surprise if the 21-year-old arrived in Russia before his teammates, such is his growing ability to be a step ahead.

On Thursday night, his brace in Naples opened Leipzig the door to a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League. It was typical Werner: both mind and matter were that split second ahead of any of his rivals, also on the European stage.

Werner is known for leaving defenders for dead - when his teammates send him racing clear. © gettyimages

He has been clocked as the fastest Leipzig player in the Bundesliga this season, at 21 miles per hour – the third quickest in the league behind Hannover's Ihlas Bebou and Augsburg's Marcel Heller. Extra speed cameras have been installed in Leipzig's Red Bull Arena to monitor the amount of sprints Werner makes in a game – an average of 30 per game – since just one alone was not able to keep track. With a third of his goals last season coming from counterattacks, it is clear where and how he comes in extremely useful to Ralph Hasenhüttl's men.

Three of his ten goals this season have come finishing off a break in his habitual manner, making him once again the leading scoring German in the Bundesliga after taking that honour with 21 goals last term.

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However, Werner would not be able to boast such statistics if it were not for the team behind him. By comparison, during his Stuttgart days – after becoming their youngest goalscorer of all time in September 2013 – he managed just 13 goals in 95 games, never going into double figures for a season as he has now done in back-to-back years in Leipzig.

He wasted ten out of 14 big chances for Stuttgart in the 2015/16 season, but now needs an average of just four shots to score a goal for Leipzig. It is pretty fair to say that he has found a home where he can flourish, with the assists from Emil Forsberg and a perhaps unfairly unsung star of this Leipzig team, Yussuf Poulsen.

"Yussuf's a great team player, that is his main strength," said Hasenhüttl of Leipzig's great Dane. "He's always got an eye for his teammates."

Poulsen (r.) had a major hand in Werner (l.) levelling matters at Napoli in the Europa League. © imago

As he showed with an almost blind understanding with his teammate in setting up one of his two goals against Napoli on Thursday. "He gave me a quick shout and I just presumed he must have had a better sight of goal, so I let the ball through to him," said Poulsen of his contribution to Leipzig's equaliser in Italy.

"For our second goal, I could have probably had a shot myself, but I knew it was a certain goal if I squared it [to Bruma]," Poulsen said. "For me, it's not all about scoring goals myself. If I set up one of my teammates, it's all the same."

That further exemplifies the team ethos of the Bundesliga's counter-attacking kings, who showed in midweek how they are not only deadly domestically, but also against the Serie A leaders Napoli. "We're a little further along our development now," beamed Hasenhüttl. "I had to congratulate my players for such an excellent performance."

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