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West Brom: Selke could be Corberan’s own Jimenez

West Bromwich Albion have been linked with Hertha Berlin striker Davie Selke in recent months and the German forward could prove to be Carlos Corberan’s own version of Wolves star Raul Jimenez.

According to German publication BILD, the former Werder Bremen forward is keen to force a transfer through in January, with the report naming the Baggies as one of the interested sides in the six-foot-five forward. 

The 27-year-old has been limited to just three starts in the Bundesliga so far this campaign and clearly feels ready for a new challenge, and he could be a stellar addition at the Hawthorns as West Brom look to continue their recent resurgence under Corberan.

The Baggies have now won their last six Championship games in a row to completely distance themselves from the relegation fears that were present under Steve Bruce, with a play-off charge now seemingly on the cards.

However, much of the recent success has come down to West Brom’s strength in defence and keeping clean sheets, as Brandon Thomas-Asante’s goal against Bristol City on Boxing Day now means he is their top scorer in the second tier with just five goals to his name.

This suggests that the Baggies are lacking quality in the final third and Selke could certainly offer a different option in attack, as he has hit double figures in the German top-flight in the past, with the official Bundesliga Twitter account labelling him a “strike sensation” back in 2015.

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While Selke hasn’t really lived up to the potential he showed when he was first with Werder Bremen, his physical attributes suggest that he could be a big threat in the Championship.

According to FBref, the sixth-most similar striker to Selke when compared to other forwards from Europe’s top leagues is Wolves frontman, Raul Jimenez.

The two strikers have registered very similar numbers this season with regard to non-penalty expected goals and assists (1.3 vs 1.2), progressive passes received (18 vs 15) and touches in the attacking penalty area (12 vs 16).

Considering Jimenez was once regarded as a “world-class” forward for the Old Gold and boasts 40 Premier League goals, West Brom would surely be foolish to turn down someone so similar.

While both have struggled for regular game time this season, Selke’s return of 2.55 shot-creating actions and 0.96 goal-creating actions per 90 suggests how much of a threat he can be when he is on the pitch.

Therefore, the Baggies should definitely try and bring the German forward to the Hawthorns in next month’s transfer window.