Davie Selke ~ RasenBallsport Leipzig to Hertha BSC ~ £7m
Over the last two Bundesliga seasons, perhaps no other club has let themselves down more than Hertha. After a heartbreaking 2015-16 season saw them miss out on a return to the Champions League on the back of some horrific end of season form, 2016-17 started equally disappointingly: a 3-2 aggregate loss to Bröndby IF and failure to make the group stage of the Europa League.
Despite ending 2016-17 in sixth and gaining automatic EL qualification, one has to wonder what Hertha could achieve domestically if they were more ruthless and efficient in front of goal. In the last two years, no top-seven side has scored fewer goals than Hertha, with the burden falling heavily on the shoulders of veterans Vedad Ibisevic and Salomon Kalou, particularly the Bosnian. In Davie Selke, manager Pál Dárdai now has a young center forward with potential who can ease the heavy reliance placed on the attacking pair.
Another prolific player at the youth level for his country, Selke found himself on the outs at RBL after the partnership of Werner and Poulsen became one of the most effective in the country. He’s good in the air, and a decent finisher in the box, and given the brand of football Hertha are accustomed to he fits into what they require from a center-forward. With Ibisevic and Kalou being thirty-three and thirty-two respectively, Selke may soon find himself leading the line for the capital club for the long term. It could be just the chance he needs to finally kick-start what could be a promising career.