Southampton Opinion: Why the Saints should make a move for Davie Selke?
According to a January report from the Daily Mirror, Hertha Berlin forward Davie Selke was top of Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s winter transfer window shopping list.
Ralph Hasenhuttl had previously worked with Davie Selke at RB Leipzig and the transfer rumours, therefore, carried credibility. Moreover, Manolo Gabbiadini’s departure to Sampdoria in January made the deal for the Hertha Berlin striker a real possibility.
With the Saints struggling for goals and currently find themselves in the relegation zone, the acquisition of Selke last month could have had an impact on the season. However, there’s no crying over spilt milk and Southampton should reignite their interest in the 24-year-old German in the summer transfer window.
Southampton continue to battle hard against relegation, with Hasenhuttl having brought a sense of unity, passion and spirit in the players. The players have responded very well and adapted to Hasenhuttl’s system and although results in the last couple of games haven’t gone their way, there is a genuine improvement in the style of play and overall attitude of the squad.
Hasenhuttl appears to be the right man to steer the Saints away to safety, given the influence he has had on the team since replacing Mark Hughes in December.
Should they manage to keep retain their top-flight status, Hasenhuttl should sign Davie Selke to boost his attacking options for the 2019/20 campaign.
Gabbiadini has already left the St Mary’s while Shane Long has slowly started ageing. Then there are two injury-prone strikers in Danny Ings and Charlie Austin, who have quality but remain unreliable. Selke would be an ideal option for the Saints as he’ll not only add quality but also depth to the squad.
Selke had a slow start to the Bundesliga season, managing just a goal and two assists in 12 games. He has suddenly hit form in the last nine games, with the German contributing three goals and six assists in the last nine games across all competitions.
It’s truly a remarkable upturn in form for the 24-year-old, who has the physical attributes to thrive in the Premier League. Selke is a natural goal-scorer and can hold up the play well to bring his teammates into the game.
An intelligent player, the former German Under-21 international can create numerous problems for the defenders with his clever movement in the final third aerial prowess.
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