The best things in life come free. Or should that be three?
As far as Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt are concerned, three has been the magic number this season.
Of all the first-choice attacking trios in Europe, only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edison Cavani have scored more goals than Frankfurt’s magic triangle of Luka Jovic, Ante Rebic and Sebastien Haller.
The trio have netted 21 league goals, with Jovic- who has found the net nine times already- one ahead of team-mate Haller as the Bundesliga’s current top scorer heading into game 12.
Rebic is four behind Haller, but the Croatian’s slower start can be attributed to the five games he missed with an adductor injury at the start of the campaign.
Frankfurt’s trio aren’t selfish when it comes to sharing the goals around either. Only Jadon Sancho has registered more league assists than Haller.
Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter has struck upon a perfect formulae with the trio.
Frenchman Haller is the highest point of the triangle, which suits his 6ft 3in frame. His physicality unsettles defences while his languid technique allows him to link play decisively.
Rebic and Jovic roam the narrow channels either side of Haller, often going man-to-man if faced with a back three.
It can look like chaotic playground football at times but it’s brutally effective, with the undoubted high point being Jovic’s five-goal haul during the 7-1 demolition of Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Jovic, Rebic and Haller might look like they’ve grown up playing together, but this is only their second full season as a combined attacking unit.
Haller was signed from FC Utrecht in 2017 after three consecutive seasons of scoring double figures in the Eredivise.
The 24-year-old, who was a team-mate of Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte and Tiemoue Bakayoko during France’s 2011 Under-17 World Cup campaign, scored nine goals during his first campaign in Germany.
Rebic’s signing proved something of a masterstroke by Frankfurt.
The Croatian joined the club on loan from Fiorentina in 2016 without making a major impression.
It was only after last season, which ended in a World Cup final with Croatia, that other clubs began to take notice.
But Frankfurt skipped the queue by exercising a €2million clause to sign the 25-year-old on a permanent basis in the summer, leaving the rest of Europe disappointed.
Frankfurt might well have pulled off a similar piece of genius with Serbian forward Jovic.
The 20-year-old is in his second season on loan in Germany from Benfica, having scored a fairly underwhelming 8 goals during his first campaign.
After a sparkling start to the 2018/19 season, Frankfurt’s decision to include a reported €10mil clause in the Serbian’s contract looks to be a brilliant piece of business.
But how long will Frankfurt be able to keep the trio together?
Type Haller, Jovic or Rebic’s name into Google and you’re met with endless pages linking them with moves to other clubs.
Earning a Champions League spot will go some way to keeping them at the club, but it’s a tough ask for a side who haven’t finished higher than fifth since 1993, when Jay-Jay Okocha was dancing Olivier Khan into oblivion.
However there’s still two-thirds of the Bundesliga campaign to go, so the speculation can be put on ice for now.
It’s highly unlikely any of the trio will be leaving in January, unless Jose Mourinho fancies converting Rebic into a right-back.
So enjoy them while you can. They won’t be together for long.
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